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Sudden change in print darkness

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I have an Epson SC-P600 that I've been very happy with for last 14 months. I use Lightroom to print, typically on the Epson Hot Press Bright paper and have ICC profiles downloaded/installed for the printer/paper.

All has been fine until 2/3 weeks ago when I noticed prints were significantly "darker" than I expected (for example a perfect mono image on screen became a print with some shadows completely black). I can use LR's "Print Adjustment" (at 50%!) to get the mono back to looking like what I have on screen but with colour images they become washed out.

I went back to a colour image I printed 6 months ago and reprinted it with no changes (in case I was imagining things) and it confirmed something has changed radically in my printing process. For example a bright blue sky is now a dark navy colour. The change is very significant - much more than I see if deliberately change to the wrong ICC profile.

I've cleaned the printer's jets and run test prints.

Any ideas as to what setting I might have inadvertently changed? Must be a setting in the LR print module (or on the printer) because I can see from the LR history that I've not edited my color test image since the last print of 6 month ago.

Thanks for any help

Mark


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