I took the plunge and got an Epson 3800 as my first proper printer. I'm generally very pleased with the output...but I'm having problems with blues.
I have a calibrated monitor, the canned profiles, and a small selection of papers. Generally the colours are very accurate, except for 'rich, deep blues' which come out more as 'slate grey'.
So, I looked at soft proofing in CS3; most profiles show this slate blue-grey instead of rich blue -- though Epson's Luster paper looks quite accurate -- but I don't have this paper. Changing from perceptual to relative colorimetric or vice-versa doesn't change colours that much.
I normally print from LR where there's no soft-proofing [yet].
So, am I doing something wrong? Do I have to soft-proof to see if the particular paper will give me the blues I expect? --is this something to do with the gamut of the paper? I'm not looking for total accuracy, just 'acceptable' would be good enough.