Ok, I know the question I am about to ask has a potential of many answers, but hopfully I can explain it well enough to get a general answer.
I have recently purchesed a DJ z1600 60" (not postscript) for the purpose of printing and selling my photgraphy and art. I understand there is a rather steep learning curve with a ton of options etc. my question is in regards to color of the prints. They are all coming out rather flat. There is no pop. I have tried many settings. sRGB, adobe RGB, CMYK, as well with the perceptual, relative colorimetric.. color controlld by printer, color controlled by photoshop. Paper, print heads, roll feed have all been calibrated. Monitor is wide gamut and calibrated.
The only setting where the images are not coming out posterized or gray toned block is sRGB color handled by host app (photshop) I have tried literally almost 100 tests with different settings.
I cannot afford a RIP program right now. I believe I should be able to get acceptable prints without a RIP. I guess I am at a point of asking for pointers, or suggestions. Not sure where to turn. BTW the paper I am using is HP Universal Semi-Gloss Photo Paper. At least that what the box says. The paper came with the printer, it looks like semi gloss paper, but the box was opened and it may be just semigloss paper, (or not).. Anyway the prints look crappy, and It is starting to get a little frustrating.