Colour Management and Printing in Aperture

I've hit that funny point in printer/ink pricing where replacing the cartridges in my printer (Canon ip4300) will cost 80% of its original purchase price and far more than its current market value.

I've written in the past about the problems I've had getting this printer to play nicely with Aperture. Somehow, I've never been able to quite get everything together to make a nice print from this printer. It's not particularly the colour rendition - I would be happy if it was merely that one problem. I've had consistent problems with uneven banding across the print. The strange thing is that Lightroom prints very well to this printer.

Anyway, one of the reasons for writing this post was to point out two documents in Apple's support knowledge base that I had not seen before:



The first walks through setting up print presets in Aperture, giving advice on when and whether to adjust things like Black Point Compensation and Gamma. Very welcome information. The second document gives some detail about producing customised display profiles and soft proofing on-screen.

Oh and, while I have your eyeballs: anyone have a recommendation for a printer/paper combination that's working well for printing Canon CR2 RAW files?