Mono manual PERFECT Prints
It’s only black-and-white, so why is it so difficult to get neutral-toned prints?
Colour inks don’t lend themselves to black-andwhite. They can work in combination to produce a nearblack tone which will look perfectly neutral in a colour print, but when the whole image is monochrome even the slightest shift away from true black (or grey) becomes obvious. It’s tempting to think that printer profiling software should sort this out, but the chemical interactions between different coloured inks and the paper coatings are very complex and hard to correct. The plain fact is that you need a printer equipped with grey inks as well as colour ones.
Your printer software may offer the choice of printing in black-andwhite, but that doesn’t mean you will get neutraltoned exhibition-quality prints. ‘Amateur’ printers are geared up for colour, not black-and-white.
The right-hand shot is the kind of effect you can expect to see. The colour inks in this example have produced a magenta tinge that’s particularly noticeable in the midtones. Compare this with the neutral version on the left.
This is why it’s worth spending extra for a high-end printer like the Epson R3000. They’re more complex to run because of the additional ‘grey’ inks, but it’s the only way to do justice to your black-andwhite images.