ICC Profiles for the Epson 3880 Advanced B&W Photo Driverby Eric Chan
Last updated: April 12, 2010
Point Lobos State Reserve, September 2009
OverviewSince 2007, I have been building ICC profiles for the Advanced B&W Photo (ABW) mode of the Epson 3800 printer. Those profiles, and some additional background info, are available on a separate page.
I have begun building ABW profiles for the newer Epson Stylus Pro 3880 model (which uses the UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink set, and has a newer screening method and different driver behavior). These profiles should produce good results on a 3880, but in general will not perform well with other printer models (e.g., R2880, 3800, 4880, etc.). Different models use different inks and/or different screening methods. It doesn't hurt to try these profiles with other models, but please be aware that the tonality may be significantly off (e.g., your prints may come out way too light or way too dark).
Download and Installation InstructionsPlease download the appropriate ICC profile from the table below.
To install the profiles:
Then restart your printing application (e.g., Photoshop, Lightroom) and you should see the profiles available in the Printer Profile popup menu.
Profiles and recommended driver settings
In the table below, the Media Type column lists the Media Type setting that you should choose in the ABW driver. I've used the following abbreviations:
Similarly, the Tone column lists the Tone setting that you should choose in the ABW driver (Darker, Dark, Normal, or Light).
Using the Media Type and Tone settings that I've listed below is important, because I created the profiles using these settings.