What am I missing? I use CS6 and have decided to do my own printing with the epson R3000. I have changed every variable on monitor and image I can think of and still every print preview/soft proof gives a dull image and dull print with every paper type, epson and permajet, generic and customer ICC profiles.
MONITOR:- I calibrate the monitor, tried adobe and srgb colour spaces, gamma 1.8 2 and 2.2, adjusted luminance with brightness up contrast down and brightness down contrast up, luminance levels from 65 up to 200.
IMAGE:- I,ve tried srgb, adobe1998 and prophoto.
CS6 color settings:- I've used srgb, adobe 1998 and prophoto, gray gamma 1.8, 2.2 and all dot gains.
Print/print preview/softproof:- I've tried peceptual, relative colourimetric etc, black point comp on off.
The list goes on but nothing stops the soft proof being dull or the print.
It can't be colour space/dynamic range limits between the monitor and the printer as I have tried srgb images which have a more narrow gamut than the printer.
It can't be the difference between the monitor and the printer luminances as it happens at all levels of monitor setting and colour space.
Its not the paper type as it happens to all the papers but some are worse/better that others.
There has to be something in the CS6 print flow that is being applied to make the images go dull/muddy that I can't find.
I hope someone knows whats going on and if it can be fixed.