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CSMatchingMonitorToPrinter uses Photoshop CS. It shows you a workflow to get the colors you want from your printer and also for how to match that printer output to your monitor. It helps you to make sure you are using the correct print dialogs with Photoshop CS and your Epson printer. This workflow uses Photoshop Adjustment layers and Action scripts to change the printer output so it more accurately matches your monitor and is also more neutral. All you need to try the calibration technique described in this video is Photoshop CS (or CS2), the correct Epson, 3rd party or Bill Atkinson profiles for your printer/paper/ink combination, a Macbeth Color Checker chart (about $75 at professional camera stores), and a working monitor calibrator from Color Vision, Monaco or Gretag Macbeth. I use Color Vision Spyder2Pro or Optical with the original Spyder but Monaco Optics or Gretag EyeOne Display also work great for monitor calibration. Each of these products is between $200 and $300.
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