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Sep 23, 2015 10:02 |  #1

Folks, I just picked up the Epson Workforce 3640 and it does a GREAT job in printing regular white paper for general use. It's fast and the quality is good. When I print 4x6 photo glossy prints, the colors appear very dull/flat and I was wondering if there was a setting to make it more vibrant. I have tried to print with the "Best" setting but it doesn't change it much. I have tried to print high rez images off my Macbook Pro taken by a Canon 7D camera. Also, my images off my cell phone look washed out as well. Any tips? Thanks.




  
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Sep 24, 2015 03:51 |  #2

Do you understand the softproofing workflow?


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Sep 24, 2015 05:15 |  #3

Here part of what one review says:

"Although graphics quality is a bit below par, but good enough for most internal business needs. Epson's WorkForce WF-3640 is capable at paper handling and comes with a long list of features that makes it our Editors' Choice for moderate-use micro office MFPs."

It's not meant to be a photo printer. It's designed to be a business printer. It's a multi-function 3-in-1 - scan, fax, print.

If you want brilliant prints, buy a printer intended for that purpose.


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Oct 12, 2015 13:47 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #4

I dont.




  
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Oct 12, 2015 13:47 |  #5

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #17719915 (external link)
Here part of what one review says:

"Although graphics quality is a bit below par, but good enough for most internal business needs. Epson's WorkForce WF-3640 is capable at paper handling and comes with a long list of features that makes it our Editors' Choice for moderate-use micro office MFPs."

It's not meant to be a photo printer. It's designed to be a business printer. It's a multi-function 3-in-1 - scan, fax, print.

If you want brilliant prints, buy a printer intended for that purpose.

Thanks. Do you have a photo printer you recommend?




  
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Oct 12, 2015 17:46 |  #6

IMHO the expense of a quality photo printer, unless you're a volume printer, borders on insanity.
Are you an avid Photoshop, user and/or, have a huge compute, and/or, quality body and lenses???


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Oct 13, 2015 12:49 |  #7

chauncey wrote in post #17742924 (external link)
IMHO the expense of a quality photo printer, unless you're a volume printer, borders on insanity.
Are you an avid Photoshop, user and/or, have a huge compute, and/or, quality body and lenses???

I am not so I figure Costo printing may be the way to go :)




  
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Oct 13, 2015 18:45 |  #8

FWIW...I have been quite happy with Cosco prints, and they will redo them at no charge if not satisfied.


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Jan 14, 2016 01:26 |  #9

chauncey wrote in post #17744404 (external link)
FWIW...I have been quite happy with Cosco prints, and they will redo them at no charge if not satisfied.

excellent, thanks for the heads up!




  
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Jan 15, 2016 18:36 |  #10

I assume you also selected the right paper, which makes a difference. You can try different paper settings, but what you are seeing is about what you can expect. I've used a WF and currently use an XP multifunction and already tried. No comparison to a dedicated photo printer, I've also done a direct comparison. Get one or send out.


Edit: just took a photo of a test prints from a Canon Pro-10 on the left printed on Arctic Polar Luster and an Epson XP-400 on the right printed on Epson premium semi-gloss. Sorry, lighting is uneven, but difference should be obvious.

Edit 2: just to address some of the OP concerns. A year ago I didn't know how to use PS. A month ago, I didn't have a dedicated photo printer, now I have two!


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Jan 16, 2016 05:45 |  #11

Have you ever tried to use the right ICC Profile for the paper you are using? If not, just visit the homepage of the paper manufacturer and look for the ICC profile download. Hopefully they are providing it. Then copy it to Library/Color Sync/ Profiles, choose the ICC profile in the printer settings of your software and try printing again.




  
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