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Photos came out too dark- here is a possible solution
on 18 April 2013
My wife and I bought this printer because it has a small "foot print" and it has a scanner all in one box. The build quality is only reasonable and the drawers to load paper are flimsy. When printing you must remember to pull out the top drawer to receive the output - not so good if you are trying to print remotely and you have forgotten.
The user manual is almost useless in both the printed and on-line versions and I cannot see why they bothered. Set up might therefore be difficult for a complete beginner. Set up involves pushing a lot of buttons on the front. I easily managed to get the WIFI working by entering my Netgear SSID and Security Key. Finding the MAC key was more difficult but I switched off the MAC key security on the Netgear router and the printer was then visible in the attached devices.
My laptop found the printer on the WIFI system easily so I was able to print from my desktop and remotely from the laptop with ease. Getting our Samsung Tablets to work involved downloading Epson Iprint from Playstore and setting up the software to identify the printer. Printing worked for PDF files and Photos but not for Word Documents - Epson will probably do an upgrade. Printing from Dropbox or Skydrive will probably work well from a laptop or desktop - but no doubt printing a Word Document from a tablet via Dropbox will be a problem but I haven't tried it yet.
Double sided printing appears to be a manual operation to reverse the paper and re-feed through the machine. Not so convenient for remote printing. Maybe, I am missing something and there is a solution , but not in the manuals.
Scanning is ok, but sometimes I scan photo negatives so the old scanner will have to be kept.
I really struggled to get decent photographs as they the came out too dark. The forums do not seem to provide a solution. I played around with the Photoshop settings for ages without getting a result. The printer was about to go back to PC World. One last try solved the problem.
On the first print screen in Photoshop I did this:
set Photoshop to "printer manages colors",
set up printer profile to "working RGB etc.",
set up rendering intent to "perceptual".
In the printer preferences advanced screen I did this:
selected color management,
selected color mode "Epson Vivid",
went into settings and adjusted the brightness slider to almost maximum. I left the other controls for contrast , saturation and density at zero.
This worked and the print almost matched the screen output and our memory of the scene. You can save these settings for future use in the "custom settings" feature. I hope this might help and save you the trouble of returning the device. Give it a go; it cannot make things worse and you can always return to the original settings by saving them.
If you do not use Epson paper or ink you will probably get more problems.
The printer is now working fine.
The value for money is five stars. Overall printing quality is now four stars. I am deducting a star for build quality and ease of use and of course the half a day which I needed to get a decent photo.
PS. I managed to get automatic double sided printing to work in the printer settings. This is now an added bonus. I should listen to my own advice - give it a try.