by Paul Gallagher Published 01/02/2016
Making the print
After many years of darkroom printing, the closest thing I have ever come to in terms of a black and white darkroom print is using the Epson UltraChrome K3 inset and the Epson Advanced Black and White Driver. After you have resized your image and sharpened for output then you can access the driver by clicking on File>Print. This will bring up a Photoshop Print Settings box. From here you must set the Colour Handling to 'Printer Manages Colours'. At the same time you will see that the Printer Profile options are greyed-out. The reason for this is we do not want to use a full colour profile, we are opting to use the Epson Advanced Black and White Driver (See Image right).
When you have done this click on Print Settings
and from the Print dialogue box change Colour
to Advanced Black and White Photo (See image
left). If you now click on Advanced Colour Settings next to Basic you will see the Advanced Black
and White Driver menu for the first time.
From here I would suggest that you begin with the Dark or Darker setting in Tone Options and leave all the other controls alone. The thing to do here is not to begin to try to fine tune your image using the small thumbnail of the girl as all of your tonal adjustments should have been completed before you have reached this stage. I recommend that you begin with your favourite paper media for your monochrome work and use a piece of A4 in the printer to make a print. If the resulting print is a little too dark or too bright, just alter the Tone setting accordingly (each increment in the Tone setting shifts the mid-grey tone by 4%). From my experience, within a few sheets of paper you will have a beautifully neutral black and white print.
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