Photoshop/Lightroom: Recent magenta cast to all images PS6/LR4 running OSX10.7.5 on Epson R3000 (clogged nozzle)

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Magenta cast on all images printed on Epson R3000 printer with OSX 10.7.5 from PS6 and LR4. Until recently the images did not have this cast and I suspect an OSX upgrade may be cause. ColorSync Utility could not repair these 4 profiles:
/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/RedBlueYelllow.icc
Tag 'pseq': Required tag is not present. Could not be fixed.
/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/Smokey.icc
Tag 'pseq': Required tag is not present. Could not be fixed.
/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/TealMagentaGold.icc
Tag 'pseq': Required tag is not present. Could not be fixed.
/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/TotalInkPreview.icc
Tag 'pseq': Required tag is not present. Could not be fixed.
Repair done - 0 out of 4 profiles fixed. Advice?
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Those "errors" have nothing to do with your color cast, and are just ColorSync being too picky about different profiles.

Your color cast comes from the specific color profile and settings you chose when printing.
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Please help me better understand why the color cast occurred without me changing a color profile or any settings. Specifically, which profile and settings would cause this problem. Moreover, images printed with iPhoto do not have a magenta cast.

My printer setup follows: Printer: EpsonCBC56C; Print Settings: SPR3000 Premium Glossy; Color Handling: Photoshop Manages Colors; Printer Profile: SPR3000 Premium Glossy; Rendering Intent: Perceptual or Relative Colormetric.

I've also tried Printer Manages Colors but the magenta cast persists.
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Something had to change. It could be your settings in Photoshop, settings in the printer driver controls, or something in the OS (MacOS has had some odd color printing problems, but I think those were mostly in 10.9).

Could it just be some clogged print heads?
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Perhaps, but after replacing two printer cartridges (LLK & LK) I performed routine printer maintenance, i.e., nozzle check, head cleaning and cleaning sheet and everything appeared to be fine. That said, the Very Light Magenta (VLM) cartridge is nearly empty but whether that is secondary to excessive use or to a malfunction won't be known until I replace the cartridge (on order).

Aside from installing a Microsoft Word upgrade recently I haven't added any new software.
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Oops! I neglected to list my Color Settings. Settings: ProPhotoRGB-gray gamma 2.2.; Working Spaces: ProPhoto RGB, U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2, Gray Gamma 2.2, Dot Gain 20%. Color Management Policies: Preserve Embedded Profiles x 3. Conversion Options: Adobe (ACE), Relative Colorimetric, Use Black Point, Dither, and Compensate for Scene all checked.
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Magenta casts are typically caused by double-profiling.

If you use the OS/Printer and Lightroom to both manage colors, magenta cast is the normal (and expected) result. I suspect you need to either let the printer mange colors or Lightroom but not both.

To test, choose "Managed by Printer" in the Profile section of the Print Job panel. If that prints normally, then you are double profiling and will need to turn off your printer's color management in order to use Lightroom to manage the colors.
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Changing to "Printer Manages Color" in Photoshop still shows a heavy magenta cast. I couldn't find a similar color management option in either Lightroom or iPhoto.

Because knowing iPhoto prints without the magenta cast help isolate the problem?
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Nope, because iPhoto doesn't use the color managed printing APIs.
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Lightroom:

Print module> Print Job panel> Profile: section. set to "Managed by Printer"
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Thanks. Found it. It was already set as Managed by Printer.
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Thank everyone for your sage advice. Epson helped me find a problem with my printer and I'm hoping having it repaired will solve the problem. Thanks again. John
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What was the problem?
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A plugged printer nozzle. Initially I didn't notice a gap in the clean sheet test. I may be mistaken but I vaguely recall seeing a similar cast when printing from PS6/LR4 to a Canon iP6600D printer but not when printing from iPhoto. If fixing the R3000 nozzle doesn't solve the cast problem I'll post again.

Also, as an aside, Gary Ballard told me he highly regards your advice. Thanks Chris. John
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< blushing >

Good luck.