I printed my first black and white photo today; this is what I did: converted my photo in Photoshop using Nik software and saved it as a PSD fine. I then opened it in Qimage, everything looked OK. I then printed it using Canon Photo Glossy II. I used a custom profile I made using the paper and Spyder Studio SR.
The image is very dark the sky in most parts is completely black and not what was displayed on my monitor.
Any help / advice would be gratefully appreciated.
I have played with B&W printing, and I have a good friend who loves his B&W, and he experimented himself into a rubber room trying to get it perfect.
I found my best results using Epson Prem Glossy. (Every paper has its own personality when making B&W on color ink jet paper with a color driver.
My friend gets his best results with his Epson Printer set to ABW mode; a built in B&W RIP for making B&W prints.
I don't know if the Canon has that type of set.
I have no idea about what NIK did or what you did in PS, or what kind of profile you made....
I am not inclined to go over board for making B&W prints. Once in a while I come across a dead tree shot or a lonely fisherman shot with a wise wrinkled all knowing face that might look better in B&W, so I get my Epson Premium Glossy into the printer with the matching profile, or sometimes, I'll set Qimage Ultimate to LET PRINTER MANAGE COLOR with the driver set to ICM.
Then I put my color image into the queue in Qimage Ultimate, and right click on the Thumbnail image, select Pre-defined filters.
When that opens, I select the B&W filter, (usually the second one, since it starts with a B).
Now I'm all set to print.
There must be some better information on B&W out there for you.
Someone will be along soon.