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You have two choices - either try and calibrate the printer yourself, or pay for a firm to do it for you.  I tried the former with not much luck, but having forked out 20 and 2 sheets of A4 glossy paper - the results are fantastic and I no longer have to try test prints and waste paper.  

It is now a pleasure to print my pictures and I know that they will come out exactly as I want them - why I never did this in the first place is beyond me!

However here is the way to have a bash at the DIY method for an Epson printer...

Find yourself a test print image - there a lot of them on the web - try searching with "printer test file chart profile", or download the one at PhotoBox although it has a bit too much saturation in the colour bands, so you will never match it perfectly.

Turn your printer on, load it with paper you want to use.  With a test print displayed in your image editing program, click on File>Print with Preview..., position the image etc.
In the Print Space box, click on the Profile drop down option and select the Epson Printer which best matches your printer.
Click OK and on the Printer dialog select Properties and within that window click on Advanced.

Select the appropriate paper and un-tick all the options like High Speed.
On the Color Management side, select Color Controls and set the Gamma to 2.2
Select Code Mode as Adobe RGB (you could try other options).
Reset the Controls, so that everything is at zero and do your first test print.

Now the fun begins...

Keep making prints until you get a good subjective match between your monitor and your test prints. You can never get a perfect match because screen phosphors don't perfectly match printer pigments.  Pay attention to skin tones, saturation and contrast.  And pay special attention to grey tones they should appear neutral grey on the print as well as the monitor.

I suggest that you make your first print with the default settings. Then adjust each of the settings in the direction you think it should go. You may change one or several at a time, as you please.  Record the settings on each test print. Learn what they do, and don't be afraid to make several prints! What you learn now will pay off later.

The following pictures will help you decide what to adjust...


 the correct image

 
too Red
Increase C and M or decrease Y.


too Yellow
Increase C and M or decrease Y


too Green
Increase M or decrease C and Y.


too Blue
Increase Y and M or decrease C

too Cyan
Increase Y and M or decrease C

too Magenta
Increase Y or decrease C and M

When you are happy with the results - click on Save Settings... Give the setting a name that indicates the paper type. You will have to repeat this process for different paper types. 

You will need to select the correct printer setting for the first print you make each time you load your image editor.  When you are ready to make a print, go through to the Advance dialog and select the settings you saved.

Good luck!

and lastly one must consider Colour Spaces