Reference Guide


Replacing Ink Cartridges

Changing the Black Ink Cartridges to Suit the Paper Type

Replacing an ink cartridge
Setting the ink cartridge information

This printer uses 8 ink cartridges that are packaged with the printer. There is also an extra cartridge, the Matte Black ink cartridge, which you can use instead of the Photo Black ink cartridge for printing on thick paper. Change the ink cartridge according to your printing needs. To replace the ink cartridge, see the following section.
See Replacing an Expended Ink Cartridge.

Possible ink combination.

Ink Setting Position (from the left)

Recommended paper









Plain Paper

Premium Photo Paper Glossy

Premium Glossy Photo Paper

Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster

Premium Luster Photo Paper

Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss

Premium Semi-gloss Photo Paper

Proofing Paper Semimatte

PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas

Light Light Black

Light Magenta

Light Cyan

Light Black

Photo Black




Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte

Enhanced Matte Paper

Premium Presentation Paper Matte

Matte Paper - Heavyweight

Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided

Double-sided Matte Paper

UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper

Plain Paper

Presentation Paper Matte

Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper

Photo Quality Adhesive Paper

Watercolor Paper - Radiant White

Velvet Fine Art Paper

Matte Black

The availability of special media varies by location.

  • Do not install the ink cartridges in a combination not listed above.
  • You can only change the fourth ink cartridge from the right.

Replacing an ink cartridge

Replace the ink cartridges only when it is necessary. After replacing the ink cartridge, the printer consumes some ink from all the colors to clean the print head.

Here is how to replace the photo black ink cartridge with the matte black ink cartridge as an example.

Make sure that the printer is on. The  power light should be on, but not flashing.

Open the top printer cover.

Press the  ink button. The print head moves to the ink cartridge replacement position, and the  power light begins to flash.

Do not press the  ink button over three seconds. Otherwise the printer starts cleaning the print head.

Do not move the print head by hand, as this may damage the printer. Always press the ink button to move it.

Open the cartridge cover. Pinch the sides of the photo black ink cartridge, and then lift the cartridge out of the printer.

Do not replace the black (photo black or matte black) ink cartridges during printing as an ink error occurs.

If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them immediately with water. If discomfort or vision problems continue after a thorough flushing, see a doctor immediately.

  • Be careful not to break the hooks on the side of the ink cartridge when you remove it from the package.
  • Do not remove or tear the label on the cartridge; otherwise, ink will leak.
  • Do not touch the green IC chip on the side of the cartridge. This can damage the ink cartridge.

  • If an ink cartridge is temporarily removed from the printer, be sure to protect the ink supply port of the ink cartridge from dirt and dust; store it in the same environment as the printer. Store ink cartridge with its label facing upward. Do not store cartridge upside down. Note that there is a valve in the ink supply port, making covers or plugs unnecessary, but care is needed to prevent the ink from staining items that the cartridge touches. Do not touch the ink supply port or surrounding area.
  • Be sure to always install an ink cartridge into the printer immediately following the removal of the current ink cartridge. If the ink cartridge is not installed promptly, the print head may dry out, rendering it unable to print.

Place the ink cartridge vertically into the cartridge holder. Push the ink cartridge down until it clicks into place. When you are finished replacing the cartridge, close the cartridge cover and the top printer cover.

Press the ink button. The print head moves and the ink delivery system begins to charge. The charging process takes about one minute to complete. When this process is finished, the print head returns to its home position and the power light stops flashing.

The  power light continues to flash while the printer performs the ink charging operation. Never turn off the printer while this light is flashing. Doing so can result in incomplete charging of ink.

  • If an ink out error occurs after the print head moves to its home position, the ink cartridge may not be installed properly. Press the  ink button again, and reinstall the ink cartridge until it clicks into place.
  • After changing the black ink cartridge, it takes about thirty seconds before the printer is ready to print. During this time, the printer performs an automatic head cleaning.


Setting the ink cartridge information

After replacing an ink cartridge, make sure the driver setting for the ink cartridge is correct.

For Windows users

For Windows 2000 users, click Start, point to Settings, then click Printers.

For Windows XP users, click Start, then click Control Panel, then click Printers and Other Hardware. Then click Printers and Faxes.

Select your printer, then click Printing Preferences on the File menu.

Click the Maintenance tab, then click the Printer and Option Information button.

Confirm if the appropriate ink cartridge is selected.

For Macintosh users

For Mac OS X

Click the EPSON Printer Utility icon in the Applications folder in the Macintosh HD. Select your printer from the printer list. Then double-click the EPSON StatusMonitor icon. Click the Update button. The driver setting for the ink cartridge is updated.




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