Just finished a real hard test of this printer: A reproduction of a painting by my wife.
This is much harder than some shot of a three-dimensional scene because you have the exact same object to which you can compare the print! in the image of the previous post there is no way
to check the colors vs. the reality, only against the view on your monitor. And that is not easily done as the monitor is emitting light, while the print is reflecting light - and both of these lights seldom (in praxis "never") have the same color.
So while I was quite content with the results from the first test-print I was pretty excited to see what the acid test of comparing a print to the real picture would reveal. Now here's the image of the real picture, a sort of collage of various elements of the North Sea and the shore:
Acrylic colors on canvas by Anne
, on Flickr
Clicking through the image gives you access to full resolution.
When I was printing a portfolio for my wife on the Canon pro9000 this was a tough picture to get the colors right, especially the yellows were very hard to reproduce but also the reds on the left side. So I choose this to test
(a) how good I had got the color-management across to the printer and
(b) how capable the printer was in reproducing these colors
I went into the bathroom where the original is displayed, switched on the light, adjusted the spots to fully illuminate the painting and then raised my hand with the print to hold it in front of it. Remembering the difficulties with my former prints after a lot of experience with the Canon printer I was not expecting much from the new printer (only a few dozen prints so far) and set-up. Well, what can I say? Whoa: the print was so good
that I immediately called my wife, which has a very fine eye for colors. She confirmed what I was seeing: This was the best print I had ever produced from her painting and the colors were very accurate
Now I have to wait for daylight to compare both image again. Let's see whether the match is still excellent under natural light.