Colors printer for sublimation look dull

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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I recently bought an Epson ECOtank ET-15000 printer

I set it up for the first time last night using

myCartridge SUPCOLOR Sublimation Ink from amazon.

Go to print my first project and I printed on A-SUB Sublimation Paper and the colors are SUPER dull looking. They are on regular printer paper as well. I attached the color page I used as an example to print and the paper that it turned out like.

My printer settings are set to High quality so I'm not sure what else I can do to make the colors bright and look good, as they should.

P.S- I am using Windows 10

 

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Aug 26, 2022 Aug 26, 2022

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Hi Brand-It,

When your printer for sublimation looks dull, you probably need to replace the ink cartridges. But what if you have a ton of different colors and want to try out a new brand?

 

Here is the trick just buy a cartridge that contains all of your favorite colors in one bottle. If you're looking to save money, you can buy refills for less than $1 each!

 

This is the best sublimation ink I ever used. It gives you amazing results in less time. When I use this I got amazing results I really thankful for sublimationhome a blog about Sublimation Printing and Printer Reviews.

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Aug 26, 2022 Aug 26, 2022

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@Brand-It 

 

Was the file CMYK mode? It should be RGB...

 

Third-party ink and third-party paper! OEM printer driver settings are often based around the OEM ink and paper, if you use others then you need a lot of trial and error to get the best results. Also consider some light/medium/dark neutral grays in your test file.

 

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Aug 26, 2022 Aug 26, 2022

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You should always test output using good color reference images designed for that task. The color reference images RGB values are such that they are set for output and are editing and display agnostic. Test the output this way and examine for the same color issues so we know it's not your image-specific issues causing the problems:
http://www.digitaldog.net/files/2014PrinterTestFileFlat.tif.zip

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Aug 28, 2022 Aug 28, 2022

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Ideally, you're going to need to use "Photoshop Manages Color" and select an ICC profile made for your ink and printer - plus the media. Also, the 'media' selected by name in "Print Settings" should be correct for the supplied ICC profile.

 

You'll also have to treat any heated pressing process carefully to maintain consistency (IF that’s involved here). 

 

Inks and media have a maximum gamut. That colour range is the best it can do. Have you seen good results from this manufacturer's materials?

 

Start with an RGB image in the Adobe RGB colourspace and test that, please go here and download the Adobe RGB testimage: https://www.colourmanagement.net/index.php/downloads_listing/

 

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net :: adobe forum volunteer:: co-author: 'getting colour right'
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management

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Aug 28, 2022 Aug 28, 2022

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What is your printing workflow? The chosen settings, such as working with ICC profiles, are key to quality and repeatable prints. Perhaps, you can share screen captures of your print settings for review.

warmly/j

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