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 on: Today at 04:30:18 AM 
Started by machoman - Last post by Fred A
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Do i only get 1 attempt at Prints-choosing the print sizes? Because the 1st attempt will show a yellow highlight around Fit to Page (because i chose it). Then when I choose another size i would lose the yellow highlight and never get the yellow highlight back. Even if i click on Fit to Page again nothing shows that I have chosen it......
From then onwards i'm flying blind as to which sizing I have now engaged.

I very much prefer the way QImage worked in v 2017. I'm always getting my panties into knots working with the v2018 version.

This is very simple, but not easy to explain so bear with me.
The screen has an operational left side, and an operational right side.
Certain items depend on what is being called for.

There is a yellow dot/ball above the active side that alerts you to what is active.
See screen snaps 119 and 120.   Yellow ball on  right above the middle screen, and yellow ball above the thumbs.
If the thumb side is active, the  yellow highlighted sizes will always be there regardless of how many changes you make.
Qimage assumes that with the thumb side active, you want to add an image to the queue at a certain print size.

You even have two control dots, lower right that allows you to choose what the size selection should do; add another image at a new specified size, or resize the selected image.

Yet, there's a simple way to know what size is currently the working size. Roll your mouse cursor over the empty main print screen, and a large label pops out to remind you.
See snap 117 for the label and 118 to show no yellow highlight at that moment.
Fred

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 on: Today at 01:13:16 AM 
Started by machoman - Last post by machoman
Do i only get 1 attempt at Prints-choosing the print sizes? Because the 1st attempt will show a yellow highlight around Fit to Page (because i chose it). Then when I choose another size i would lose the yellow highlight and never get the yellow highlight back. Even if i click on Fit to Page again nothing shows that I have chosen it......
From then onwards i'm flying blind as to which sizing I have now engaged.

I very much prefer the way QImage worked in v 2017. I'm always getting my panties into knots working with the v2018 version.



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 on: December 15, 2017, 05:06:50 PM 
Started by Terry-M - Last post by Terry-M
Hi Jeff,
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My S2110W is many years of age.
Interesting to know someone else who has an Eizo. My 22" Flexscan was 9 years old and still works fine as a non-critical monitor.
Now having a 24" and a quick warm up LCD monitor is very nice.
I didn't specifically say in my original post that monitor to print matching is very good with colour, brightness and shadow detail. The old one wasn't bad but was obviously not as good as it used to be.

I had a home-made hood for the old one made from black 5mm thick foam board glued together with reinforcing strips of wood and spray painted matte black. I was able to modify it to fit the new monitor. The monitor is not far from a window to one side so the hood helps to keep direct extraneous light from the screen.
Terry

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 on: December 15, 2017, 03:44:17 AM 
Started by Terry-M - Last post by Jeff
Very Interesting.

My S2110W is many years of age.

Time to replace?

The SWPP convention in Jan each year some times have Eizo in attendance. If I can get up in time to catch the 07.30am train I may pay them a visit, then slowly work on my finance director, labouring the fact that I got no Christmas  presents. Sad Sad Sad

Jeff

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 on: December 14, 2017, 07:58:00 PM 
Started by JustGeorge - Last post by JustGeorge
Hi Terry,

Actually, I'd found and read through several previous posts on converting color to B&W, using the Editor and Sel. Color dialogue.  My question was actually more generic, printing images already converted (using Topaz Studio Black and White Adjustment or Tabaz Labs BW Effects), or even (imagine this) something already shot in mono.   Shocked

I'm extrapolating from your reply that there are not any other additional tweaks for BW printing that I'm overlooking. 

I did play a little with the Sel. Color filters, which would do the job if I wasn't already familiar with the Topaz programs.

Unfortunately, you didn't help with my addiction:  when I get back to experimenting, I'm going to print out at least one color image with the just the printer driver set to B&W -- I'd never considered that.  Thanks!  (not sure if that's meant in gratitude or sarcasm.   Grin  )

Thanks for the reply,

--George

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 on: December 14, 2017, 05:33:47 PM 
Started by JustGeorge - Last post by Terry-M
Hi Bill,
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As far as I can tell, all I need to do to print a B&W image thru QU is to set the PRO-100 driver to "Black and White Photo Print", no other settings in QU -- is that correct?
Not necessarily! It may look ok and give true grey tones but the balance of the conversion may not suit every image.
In QI Image Editor in the Select Color tab there are various choices for converting to black and white - and sepia toning.
See attached screen shot - there are a few extra rows there that I have created but the main ones are:
Black & White; Blue Separation; Red separation; Green Separation; Sepia.
With Black & White Mike has carefully balanced the conversion to match what the human eye perceives which usually give a very nice result.
The next point I would make and use is I treat printing black & white as a colour print and use the printer profile appropriate to the printer and paper and ink I'm using. A good color profile should give neutral greys on any print.
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trying to do what is probably impossible:  make a decent B&W print on matte paper,
I have printed on Epson Archival matte paper with reasonable success, but like a colour print, there's less contrast. My favourite paper for colour and B&W is Ilford Smooth Pearl -it's a sort of lustre.
These are some recent B&W image I printed for a competition a few weeks ago.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/terry-m_flickrphotos/37358229804/in/album-72157686083534842/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/terry-m_flickrphotos/38036805502/in/album-72157686083534842/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/terry-m_flickrphotos/37358230674/in/album-72157686083534842/

I hope this helps your addiction  Grin
Terry

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 on: December 14, 2017, 04:42:02 PM 
Started by JustGeorge - Last post by JustGeorge
Howdy All,

1.  As far as I can tell, all I need to do to print a B&W image thru QU is to set the PRO-100 driver to "Black and White Photo Print", no other settings in QU -- is that correct?

2.  I've become addicted to photo printing paper, lots of different surfaces.  And like most addicts, I've developed an obsession, in this case, with trying to do what is probably impossible:  make a decent B&W print on matte paper, maybe including canvas.  Yeah, I know, no lectures, please.  I'm able to get a decent (acceptable?) print on glossy-type papers (including semi-glosses).   So I've been playing with Brightness and Fill Light in the Adjust tab of the Editor.  (While writing this, I just realized I should also play with Curves.)  Any thoughts on what else to attempt?  (I generally prefer color.  I have no idea what's come over me.)

--George

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 on: December 14, 2017, 02:29:41 PM 
Started by cutupguy - Last post by cutupguy
YES!  That is exactly what I needed, Brian.  THANK YOU!

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 on: December 14, 2017, 12:32:44 PM 
Started by Terry-M - Last post by Terry-M
I thought some of you may be interested in this little story after the boss at home gave me permission to proceed.  Grin
Earlier this year I noticed that monitor to print colour match was not quite right especially with orange tones. I wondered if my calibration device, an Eye One 2 Display, was playing up. Subsequent checking with the X-Right  i1Diagnostics program showed it was working properly.
Later in the year I started getting  inconsistent calibration results with my 22" Eizo Flexscan 95% Adobe RGB gamut monitor. It's a good quality monitor but has Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps rather than the more modern LCD back-lighting so I assume they were "going off" after 9 years use. It was time to replace it in ready for Christmas.

Eizo have a reputation for good quality monitors at competitive prices but the latest Flexscan range did not seem particularly suited to photography so I looked at their ColorEdge range that have hardware calibration. This is where the monitor calibration settings are stored in a Look-Up-Table (LUT) in the monitor hardware rather than on the graphics card. This gives consistent calibration  & precision colour . Some even have a built in calibration device that pops out at the edge of the screen. Most models have high gamut LED's too.
I bought a 24" ColorEdge CS2420 monitor which still needed my Eye One 2 Display for calibration. It's one up from the least expensive in the range and has 99% Adobe RGB gamut. It has excellent reviews and rated as good value for money - I did not pay the full list price! See attached image.
Calibration was easy. You start by setting target values, gamma, colour temperature and brightness which are saved. You can have several target sets and therefore several  calibrations. The software does load the profiles into the operating system colour folder as you'd expect.
So why have several calibrations with different targets? I used this feature to check print matching with different brightness levels. Or, say, you are working with video you'd probably want to set the calibration to sRGB. The neat thing is, once these calibrations are done, you can instantly access them from the system tray (Windows) which will load the correct profile and monitor settings with one click.

(NB. I have no commercial interest with Eizo or their sales outlets  Roll Eyes)

Terry

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 on: December 14, 2017, 04:44:58 AM 
Started by cutupguy - Last post by BrianPrice
'Page' in QI is the printable area, ie paper size minus margins, so your readings are correct. You need the 'Borderless' option in the driver if you want to use the full area, it may help to turn 'Borderless Overspray' off in Edit>Preferences>Print and Page Formatting.

Brian

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