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MacBook Pro Epson Print Driver Dilemma

I have an intel-based MacBook Pro (OS 10.5.6) which I got in October. I'm trying to print to my Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer from InDesign CS3. I've downloaded two drivers from the Epson website. One is the Epson SP R1800 and the other is Epson Stylus Photo R1800-CUPS+Gutenprint v.5.2.1

Until about a month ago, I was able to print fine using the Epson SP R1800 driver. The color output was pretty decent and it was relatively problem-free. Recently, every time I try to print using that driver - I get a "Communications or Data Error". Nothing will print when I use that driver and I've tried a million things -- printing from other applications, re-installing the driver, re-setting color management, etc.

So I switched to the Gutenprint driver and now the printer works great EXCEPT that the color is totally off. All the color is "faded" and blues look more like lilac. With the other driver, the color was good but now I can't print using it. With this driver, the prints come out, but the color is atrocious. I've tried tinkering with the color settings, color management, etc. but nothing seems to work.

Can anyone help with this? Thanks!

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Your problem is about profiles. The gutenprint is the only way to print from intel to r1800, but this driver don't use the same ICC profiles. You have to use one of three solutions below:
1 the best, you have a profile calibrating device, you make a profile of your couple ink-paper and you convert your document into this ICC profile.
2 you convert your picture into your software in one of the Epson generic profiles (hey probably still are on your computer) and you print whithout color managment
3 (awful) you anticipate the color distorsion and you tune your picture to be bad on the screen but pretty good on paper.

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