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Printing with Windows

Making Settings on the Main Menu

Making the Media Type setting
Making the Color setting
Making the Mode setting
Making Advanced setting
Checking the Ink Levels
Previewing your printout
Using the Print Assistant function

From this menu, you can make the Media Type, Color, and Mode settings, and also check the remaining ink of the installed ink cartridges. You can also access the Reference Guide, the paper information, and the Technical Support Web Site by clicking the Print Assistant button.

Making the Media Type setting

The Media Type setting determines what other settings are available; therefore, always make this setting first.

From Media Type, select a media that matches the paper loaded in the printer. Locate your paper in the list, and then select a corresponding Media Type setting. For some types of paper, several Media Type settings are available for selection.

Note:
  • The availability of special media varies by country.
  • For the latest information on the special media available in your area, refer to the Epson customer support website. See Contacting Customer Support.

Media Type setting list

Media Type Setting

Epson Special Media Name/Description

Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper

Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper

Singleweight Matte Paper

Singleweight Matte Paper

Enhanced Matte Paper

Enhanced Matte Paper

Photo Glossy Paper

Photo Glossy Paper

Photo Semigloss Paper

Photo Semigloss Paper

Premium Glossy Photo Paper

Premium Glossy Photo Paper

Premium Semigloss Photo Paper

Premium Semigloss Photo Paper

Premium Luster Photo Paper

Premium Luster Photo Paper

Premium Luster Photo Paper (250)

Premium Luster Photo Paper (250)

Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)

Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)

Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (250)

Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (250)

Premium Semimatte Photo Paper (250)

Premium Semimatte Photo Paper (250)

Photo Paper Gloss 250

Photo Paper Gloss 250

Proofing Paper Semimatte

EPSON Proofing Paper Semimatte (Commercial)

Watercolor Paper - Radiant White

Watercolor Paper - Radiant White

Textured Fine Art Paper

Textured Fine Art Paper

Velvet Fine Art Paper

Velvet Fine Art Paper

UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper

UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper

Plain Paper

-

Plain Paper (Line drawing)

-

Singleweight Matte Paper (line drawing)

Singleweight Matte Paper

Tracing Paper

-


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Making the Color setting

 

Make the Color setting. Select Color to print color or monochrome photos, or Black to print a draft or black text only. If you want to print advanced monochrome photos, select Advanced B&W Photo.

Note:
When printing on any media other than tracing paper, we recommend Color even if the data to print is black.


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Making the Mode setting

You can select either the Automatic or Custom mode. These modes are provided to give you two levels of control over the printer driver.

Automatic mode

Automatic mode is the quickest and easiest way to start printing. When Automatic is selected, the printer driver takes care of all detailed settings based on the current Media Type and Color settings.

Quality and Speed slider

Depending on the media you choose in the Media Type setting while Color (or Color/B&W Photo) or Black is selected as the Color setting and Automatic as the Mode setting, a Quality or Speed slider appears in the Mode box. Select Quality when print quality is more important than print speed. Select Speed when print speed is more important than print quality.

Color Control mode

When Color (or Color/B&W Photo) is selected as the Color setting and Automatic as the Mode setting, the Color Control pull-down menu appears in the Mode box.

You can select from the following settings.

EPSON Vivid

Select this setting to produce vivid blue and green tones in printouts.

Note:
Because this setting reproduces blue and green tones that cannot be displayed by your monitor, your printouts may differ from the screen images when this function is selected.

Charts and Graphs

Intensifies the colors and lightens the midtones and highlights of an image. Use this setting for presentation graphics, such as charts and graphs.

EPSON Standard (sRGB)

Increases the contrast in images. Use this setting for color photographs.

Adobe RGB

Matches image color to Adobe RGB.

Color Toning

When you select Advanced B&W Photo as the Color setting while Automatic is selected, the Color Toning pull-down menu appears in the Mode box.

You can select from the following settings.

Neutral

This setting provides standard image correction for most photos. Try this first.

Cool

This setting gives a cool tone to your photos.

Warm

This setting gives a warm tone to your photos.

Sepia

This setting applies a sepia tone to your photos.

Custom mode

The Custom mode lets you make a wide range of changes with a single click of the mouse. In the Custom Settings pull-down menu, you will find ready-made settings provided by Epson.

Note:
These ready-made settings may not appear, depending on the Media Type and Color settings.

Advanced Photo

Advanced Photo 2880

Good for printing scanned photos and digitally captured images in high quality. Helps prevent misprinting of ink dots that may occur due to movement of the print head and paper.

PhotoEnhance

This mode lets you select image-correction settings specially designed for scanned or digitally captured photos.


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Making Advanced setting

The Advanced setting gives you complete control over your printing environment. Use these settings to experiment with new printing ideas, or to fine-tune a range of print settings to meet your individual needs. Once you are satisfied with your new settings, you can give them a name and add them to the Custom Settings pull-down menu.

To make Advanced settings, follow the steps below.

Select Custom from the Main menu, and then click Advanced. The Advanced dialog box appears.

Make sure a media matching the media loaded in the printer is selected. See Media Type setting list.

Make the Color setting. Select Color or Color/B&W to print color or monochrome photos, or Black to print a draft or black text only. If you want to print advanced monochrome photos, select Advanced B&W Photo.

Note:
When printing on any media other than tracing paper, we recommend Color or Color/B&W even if the data to print is black.

Select a Print Quality setting.

If you are using non-Epson special media, click the Paper Config button, and then make settings as needed. For details, see Paper Configuration.

Make the Printer Color Management settings. For details, see Printer Color Management.

Note:
Some settings are enabled or disabled depending on the Media Type, Color, and Print Quality settings you have made.

Make other settings as needed. For details, see the online help.

Click OK to apply your settings and then return to the Main menu. If you want to return to the previous screen without applying your settings, click Cancel.

Paper Configuration

The following settings in the Paper Configuration dialog box let you make the detailed paper settings.

Mode

Description

Color Density

Adjusts the strength of Color Density. Use a value in the range of -50% to +50%. Drag the slider to the right (+) to deepen the color of your printout or left (-) to lighten its color. You can also type a number (-50 to +50) in the box next to the slider.

Use this function when you print on paper other than Epson special media.

Set the slider to the 0 position when you print on Epson special media.

Note:
Deepening of the color of printout may not be possible, depending on the printing mode.

Drying Time per Print Head Pass

Adds a waiting time when the print head reaches the end of every pass.

Set this value using the slider or text box. To improve the print quality by using slow ink absorption on the media, set a higher value.

The drying time per print head pass can be set from 0 to 5 seconds, in 0.1 second increments.

Note:
If you use this feature, the printing time will be longer.

Paper Feed Adjustment

Controls the paper feeding value, in 0.01% increments. If the paper feeding value is too large, white horizontal micro banding may appear. If the paper feeding value is too small, dark horizontal micro banding may appear.

Paper Suction

Decreasing the air suction at the platen can avoid wrinkling or waving of thin or saturated media, or eliminating vertical banding. The relationship of the parameter and the suction power is indicated as follows:

Standard  :  100%
  -1:  50%
  -2:  30%
  -3:  10%
  -4:  6%

Paper Thickness

This value automatically appears according to the Media Type setting. If you use non-Epson media, modify this value for your media. Refer to the paper specifications, or print "Thickness Pattern" to find out the paper thickness.

Cut Method

Determines the best cutting method according to the paper thickness.

Standard:  Normal speed and normal cut pressure
Thin Paper:  Low cut pressure
Thick Paper, Fast:  High speed and high cut pressure
Thick Paper, Slow:  Low speed and high cut pressure

Platen Gap

Platen Gap is the height from the media loaded in the printer to the print head. By adjusting this parameter, you may produce better print quality. This is set automatically according to the Paper Thickness setting specified.

Note:
Setting Platen Gap to Narrow may produce better print quality, but make sure the media does not wrinkle or touch the print head; otherwise, printed data or the print head surface may be damaged. Use Wider or Wide in such case.

Eject Roller Type

Select the Eject Roller Type that best fits your media.

Auto:
The printer selects the most appropriate setting automatically. When you use Epson special media, usually select this setting.

Starwheel-Sheet:
If you want to print on cut-sheet paper that is non-Epson special media, select this setting.

Starwheel-Roll Curled:
If you want to print on strongly curled roll paper that is non-Epson special media, select this setting.

No Roller-Roll Normal:
If you want to print on roll paper that is non-Epson special media, select this setting.

Printer Color Management

Color Controls

This setting provides the color matching and image-enhancement methods. When you select this setting, additional settings appear under the Printer Color Management box where you can select a Mode setting and adjust the color enhancement sliders. For details on the additional settings, see the online help.

When Advanced B&W Photo is selected as the Color setting, the following screen appears. You can then adjust the advanced monochrome settings. For details on the additional settings, see the online help.

PhotoEnhance

This setting provides a variety of image-correction settings that you can apply to your photo images before printing. PhotoEnhance does not affect your original data. When you select this setting, you will need to make the Tone and Digital Camera Correction settings.

Note:
  • This mode is available only with 16-, 24-, or 32-bit color data.
  • Printing with PhotoEnhance selected may increase the time required in printing, depending on your computer system and the amount of the data contained in your data.

Digital Camera Correction

If you are printing photos taken with a digital camera, select this check box to give your printed photos a smooth and natural appearance like that of photos taken with a film camera.

Select the Smooth Skin check box to adjust the image to make its skin color smooth.

Off (No Color Adjustment)

This setting turns off the printer driver color management, which is useful when you use the color management function of the application to apply an ICC profile.

ICM

This setting uses the Windows color matching method to automatically adjust printout colors to match colors on your screen. Select this setting when printing scanned photographs or computer graphics.

Note:
  • Be aware that the ambient light and the age, quality, and settings of the monitor can affect the quality of your color matching.

ICM Mode

Select the ICM mode from Host ICM, Driver ICM (Basic), or Driver ICM (Advanced).

Image, Graphics, and Text check boxes

These check boxes are available only when Driver ICM (Advanced) is selected as the ICM Mode.

Select the check box you want to set.

Input Profile

Select an input profile.

This setting is not available when Host ICM is selected as the ICM Mode setting.

Intent

Select the rendering intent or color mapping preference.

Saturation:
This setting is the best option for presentation graphics to accurately reproduce vivid colors. Use of this setting is not recommended when printing photo data.

Perceptual:
This setting renders an image's color to appear naturally, and is often used to render the wide color range of the original image. Use of this setting is recommended when printing photo data.

Relative Colorimetric:
This setting renders an image by maintaining a relative color range, and is often used when most of the color range before conversion is found in the image after conversion. Use of this setting is recommended when printing photo data.

Absolute Colorimetric:
This setting renders an image by maintaining an absolute color range so that there is a 1-to-1 ratio of absolute lab coordinates. This setting is not recommended when printing photo data and normal conversions.

Printer Profile

Select a printer profile.

Printer Profile Description

Shows the description of the selected printer profile.

Show all profiles

Shows all profiles in the Input Profile and the Printer Profile pull-down menu.

This setting is not available when Host ICM is selected as the ICM Mode setting.

Saving the Advanced settings

To save your Advanced settings, follow the steps below.

Click Save Settings. The Custom Settings dialog box appears.

Type a unique name, up to 31 characters, for your settings in the Name text box.

Click Save. Your setting will be added to the Custom Setting List.

You can save up to 100 custom settings (including the imported settings). You can select your saved settings from the Custom Settings pull-down menu in the Mode box on the Main menu.

When you select your saved settings in the Custom Settings list, be aware that making new settings, for example Media Type and Color settings, may change your custom settings. This may cause unexpected results in your printouts. If this happens, reselect your saved settings and try printing again.

Note:
The names of the ready-made settings provided by Epson cannot be applied to your new settings.

Deleting the Advanced settings

To delete your Advanced setting, follow the steps below.

Note:
You cannot delete ready-made settings from the Custom Settings list.

Click Save Settings. The Custom Settings dialog box appears.

Select the name of settings you want to delete.

Click Delete. The setting will be deleted from the Custom Settings list.

Exporting and importing the Advanced settings

You can export the custom settings you saved, or import from a custom setting file created in another environment.

Exporting the Advanced settings

To export your custom settings, use the following steps.

Click Save Settings. The Custom Settings dialog box appears.

Select the custom settings you want to export.

Click Export.

Select the location where you want to save the file, and then enter the file name.

Click Save.

When the message "Processing complete." appears, click OK.

Importing the Advanced settings

To import custom settings, use the following steps.

Click Save Settings. The Custom Settings dialog box appears.

Click Import.

Select the folder where the file for importing settings is located, and then select the file.

Click Open.

When the message "Processing complete." appears, click OK.


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Checking the Ink Levels

You can check the amount of the remaining ink of each ink cartridge.

Note:
If the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 is not connected properly or EPSON Status Monitor 3 is not installed, Cartridge Option appears instead.


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Previewing your printout

If you select the Print Preview check box, you can see how your printout will look before printing. When you send a print job to the printer, the EPSON Print Preview window appears, allowing you to make changes before printing.

The EPSON Print Preview toolbar contains several buttons that you can use to perform the following functions.

Zoom

Click this button to enlarge or reduce the size of the previewed image.

Fit-to-screen

Click this button to scale the previewed image so that it fits the current window size. This is convenient when you want to see the entire image at one time.

Maximum zoom

Click this button to display the previewed image at the maximum possible zoom ratio.

Printable area on/off

Click this button to display a rectangle indicating the printable area on the previewed image. The printer cannot print anything which is outside of this rectangle. Click this button again to turn this feature off.

Previous page

Click this button to display the previous page. If there is no previous page, this button is not available.

Next page

Click this button to display the next page. If there is no next page, this button is not available.

You can also manipulate the previewed data in the following ways.

After you previewing the data, click Print to print the data, or click Cancel to cancel printing.


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Using the Print Assistant function

You can access the following information by clicking the Print Assistant button:


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