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Printing with Windows

Making Changes to Printer Driver Settings

Making the Media Type setting
Using the Automatic mode
Using the Photo Enhance mode
Using the Custom mode
Using the Advanced settings
Previewing your printout
Modifying the printout style
Making changes to printer driver settings for Windows 3.1

The printer software features the following printer driver setting menus.

Main

Media Type, Ink, Mode

Paper

Paper size, Copies, Orientation, Printable Area

Layout

Reduce/Enlarge, Multi-Page, Watermark

Note:
The Layout menu is available only for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 users.

The Mode options on the Main menu are arranged to give you four levels of control over the printer driver, as explained below.

Automatic

The quickest and easiest way to start printing. See Using the Automatic mode for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 or Using the Automatic setting for Windows 3.1.

PhotoEnhance

Lets you apply a variety of image-correction settings specially designed for photos. See Using the Photo Enhance mode.

Custom

Choose from a list of ready-made settings suited to the kind of document you want to print. You can also add your own settings to this list. See Using the Custom mode for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 or Using the Custom settings for Windows 3.1.

Advanced

Allows you to make detailed settings to fit your individual needs. You can also add your settings to the Custom Settings list. See Using the Advanced settings for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 or Using the Advanced settings for Windows 3.1.

Note:
PhotoEnhance setting is available only for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 users.

In addition to making groups of settings that affect overall print quality, you can also modify individual aspects of the print style and layout using the Paper and Layout menus. See Modifying the printout style for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 or Modifying the printout style for Windows 3.1.

Making the Media Type setting

The Media Type setting determines what other settings are available, so you should always make this setting first.

On the Main menu, select the Media Type setting that matches the paper you loaded in the printer. Find your paper in the list below, then select a corresponding Media Type setting (shown in bold ). For some kinds of paper, you have several Media Type settings to choose from.

Note:
For Windows 3.1, if the Media Type you want to select does not appear in the list, change the Print Quality setting in the More Settings dialog box first. To access this box, click Advanced on the Main menu, then click More Settings.

Plain Paper

Plain paper

Envelopes

EPSON Premium Ink Jet Plain Paper (A4)

S041214

360 dpi Ink Jet Paper

EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper (A4)

S041059
S041025

EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper (Letter)

S041060
S041028

EPSON Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper (A4)

S041154

EPSON Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper (Letter)

S041153
S041155

Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper

EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper (A4)

S041061
S041026

EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper (Letter)

S041062
S041029

EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper (Legal)

S041067
S041048

EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Card (A6)

S041054

EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Card (5 x 8")

S041121

EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Card (8 x 10")

S041122

EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheet (A4)

S041106

EPSON Ink Jet Note Cards A6 (with envelopes)

S041147

EPSON Ink Jet Greeting Cards 5 x 8" (with envelopes)

S041148

EPSON Ink Jet Greeting Cards 8 x 10" (with envelopes)

S041149

Photo Paper

EPSON Photo Paper (A4)

S041140

EPSON Photo Paper (Letter)

S041141

EPSON Photo Paper (4 x 6")

S041134

EPSON Photo Paper (100 x 150 mm)

S041255

EPSON Photo Paper (200 x 300 mm)

S041254

EPSON Panoramic Photo Paper (210 x 594 mm)

S041145

EPSON Photo Paper Cards (A4)

S041177

Photo Quality Glossy Film

EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film (A4)

S041071

EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film (Letter)

S041072

EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film (A6)

S041107

EPSON Photo Stickers 16 (A6)

S041144

EPSON Photo Stickers 4 (A6)

S041176

Ink Jet Transparencies

EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies (A4)

S041063

EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies (Letter)

S041064

Matte Paper-Heavyweight

EPSON Matte Paper-Heavyweight (A4)

S041256
S041258
S041259

EPSON Matte Paper-Heavyweight (Letter)

S041257

Note:
The availability of special media varies by location.


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Using the Automatic mode

Note:
If you are using Windows 3.1, see Making changes to printer driver settings for Windows 3.1.

When Automatic is selected on the Main menu, the printer driver takes care of all detailed settings based on the current Media Type and Ink settings. To make the Ink setting, click Color to print in color, or Black to print in black-and-white or grayscale. To make the Media Type setting, see Making the Media Type setting.

Note:
  • Depending on the media you choose in the Media Type list (while Automatic is selected), a slide bar appears in the Mode box that lets you choose Quality, Speed or an intermediate setting. Select Quality when print quality is more important than speed.
  • Most Windows applications feature paper size and page layout settings that override similar settings on the printer driver. However, if your application does not have these settings, verify the settings on the printer driver's Paper menu.


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Using the Photo Enhance mode

The Photo Enhance option provides a variety of image-correction settings that you can apply to your photo images before printing. Photo Enhance does not affect your original data.

If you are printing photos taken with a digital camera, you can also select the Digital Camera Correction check box to give your printed images the smooth, natural appearance of photographs taken with a film camera.

Note:
  • This mode is available only when you are printing 24 or 32 bit Color Image.
  • Printing with Photo Enhance selected may increase print time depending on your computer system and the amount of data contained in your image.

The Photo Enhance mode provides the following settings.

Standard

Standard image correction for most photos. Try this setting first.

People

Best for photos of people.

Nature

Best for outdoor scenery such as mountains, sky, and oceans.

Soft Focus

Makes your photos look as if they were taken with a soft-focus lens.

Sepia

Applies a sepia tone to your photos.


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Using the Custom mode

Note:

If you are using Windows 3.1, see Making changes to printer driver settings for Windows 3.1.

The Custom mode offers ready-made settings designed for printing text and graphs and for applying a color-matching method. You can also create and save your own Custom settings. See Using the Advanced settings for details.

The Custom mode provides the following ready-made settings.

Text/Graph

Good for printing presentation documents such as graphs and charts.

Economy

Good for printing drafts of text

ICM

(For Windows 95 and 98)  

ICM means Image Color Matching. This feature automatically adjusts printout colors to match colors on your screen.

sRGB

Best for color matching with other sRGB devices.

Follow the steps below to select a Custom setting.

Click the Custom button on the Main menu.

Click anywhere in the list box to open it, then select the most appropriate setting for the type of document or image you will print.

When you choose a Custom setting, other settings such as Print Quality, Halftoning, and Color Adjustment are set automatically. Changes are shown in the display on the left side of the Main menu.

Before printing, be sure to verify the Media Type and Ink settings, as they may be affected by the Custom setting you select. See Making the Media Type setting.


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Using the Advanced settings

Note:

If you are using Windows 3.1, see Making changes to printer driver settings for Windows 3.1.

The Advanced settings give 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 list.

Follow the instructions below to make and save Advanced settings.

Note:
The printer driver screens that appear in this procedure are for Windows 95 and 98. The Windows NT 4.0 printer driver screens differ only slightly.

Click the Custom button on the Main menu and then click Advanced. The following dialog box appears.

Select the Media Type you loaded in the printer. For details, see Making the Media Type setting.

Choose Color or Black as the Ink setting.

Select the Print Quality setting.

Make other settings as necessary. For details, see online help.

Note:
  • The Photo Enhance 4 setting under the Color Management option only affects images, not text or graphs. For example, if Monochrome is selected from the Tone list, only the images in a document will be printed in monochrome. Any colored text or graphs in the same document will be printed in color.
  • Some settings may be disabled depending on the Media Type, Ink, and Print Quality settings you make.

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

To save your Advanced settings, click Save Settings in the Advanced dialog box. The Custom Settings dialog box appears.

Type a unique name for your settings in the Name box, and click Save. Your settings will be added to the Custom Settings list.

Note:
  • You cannot use the names of settings provided by EPSON for your custom settings.
  • To delete a setting, select the setting in the Custom Settings dialog box and click Delete.
  • You cannot delete the ready-made settings from the Custom Settings list.

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


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Previewing your printout

To see a preview of your document before printing it, select the Print Preview check box on the Main menu. When you print your document, the Print Preview window appears:

The Preview dialog box contains several icon buttons you can use to perform the following functions.

Zoom

This option enlarges the size of the previewed page by a factor of 2.

Fit-to-screen

This option scales the previewed page sot that it just fits the size of the page display window. Select this option if you want to see the entire page at one time.

Maximum zoom

This option displays the previewed page at the maximum possible zoom ratio.

Printable area on/off

Selecting this option will display a rectangle on the page being previewed. This rectangle is the printable area for the page. The printer cannot print anything which exceeds this rectangle.

Watermark

This option displays the watermark settings dialog. This dialog allows you to change any of the current watermark settings.

Reset watermark settings

This option returns all watermark settings to what they were when the Preview was first opened. If nothing has been changed, this option appears grayed out.

Previous page

This option displays the page previous to the page currently being previewed. (If there is no previous page then this option is grayed out)

Next page

This option displays the next page in the document. (If there is no next page then this option is grayed out)

You can also manipulate the previewed document in the following ways:

Add page

The highlighted pages will be added to the list of pages to be printed.

Remove page

The highlighted pages will be removed from the list of pages to be printed.

After you have previewed the document, click Print to print the document, or click Cancel to cancel printing.


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Modifying the printout style

Note:

If you are using Windows 3.1, see Making changes to printer driver settings for Windows 3.1.

You can modify your printout style using a variety of printer driver settings located on the Paper and Layout menus.

On the Paper menu, you can make settings for the paper size, the number of copies, the orientation of your printout, and the printable area. On the Layout menu, you can automatically match the document size to the paper size, print 2 or 4 pages on a single sheet, print poster-size images by enlarging one page to cover several sheets, or place watermarks on documents.

Using the Paper menu settings

Use the Paper menu to change the paper size, set the number of copies and other copy parameters, specify the paper orientation, and adjust the printable area.

You can make the following settings:

Paper Size

Select the paper size you want to use. You can also add a custom paper size.

Copies

Select the number of copies you wish to print. You can select Collate (print a set at a time) or Reverse Order to determine the order in which you print multiple copies of your document.

Orientation

Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide) to change the orientation of your printout. If you need to print closer to the bottom of the page, select the Rotate by 180° check box.

Printable Area

Use the options in the Printable Area box to adjust the total area available for printing. If you want to center the printout, click Center. If you need to increase the printable area, click Maximum.


Note:
When Maximum is selected, the print quality may decline at the edges of the printout. Before printing large jobs using this setting, print a single sheet to confirm quality.
When Maximum is selected, make sure the paper loaded in the sheet feeder is not curled.

Fitting your document to the paper size

To fit the size of your document to the size of the paper you will print on, use the Reduce/Enlarge options on the Layout menu.

You can select the following.

Normal

Prints your document at its normal size.

Fit to Page

Proportionally enlarges or reduces the size of your document to make it fit the paper size you select in the Paper Size list on the Paper menu.

Custom

Allows you to manually reduce or enlarge an image. Click the arrows next to the Proportion box to select a percentage from 10% to 400%.

Printing 2 or 4 pages on one sheet

To print 2 or 4 pages of your document on one sheet of paper, use the Multi-Page option on the Layout menu.

Select N-up as the Multi-Page option, then make the following settings.

2 Pages
4 Pages

Prints 2 or 4 pages of your document on a single piece of paper.

Page Order

Allows you to specify the order in which the pages will be printed on the sheet of paper.

Print page frames

Allows you to print a frame around each page on the sheet of paper.

Printing posters

You can use the Poster setting in the Multi-Page option to print a poster-size image. A single document page can be enlarged to cover 4, 9, or 16 printed sheets of paper.

To adjust the way your poster will print, click the Settings button. The Poster Settings dialog box appears.

You can make the following settings.

Overlapping Panels

Slightly overlaps the images so that they can be aligned more precisely.

Print Cutting Guidelines

Prints border lines on the images to guide you when trimming the pages.

If you only want to print a few of the panels without printing the entire poster, click the panels you don't wish to print, then click OK to close the Poster Settings dialog box.

Printing a watermark on your document

To print a watermark on your document, on the Layout menu, click anywhere in the Watermark list box to open it, and select from the list of predefined watermarks.

You can also add your own text-based or image-based watermarks to the Watermark list. Follow these steps.

Click the Add/Del button. The following dialog box appears.

To use an image file as a watermark, select BMP. Click the Browse button to select the bitmap file you want to use, then click OK. To create a text-based watermark, select Text, then type your text in the Text box.

Type a name for your watermark in the Watermark box, then click Save. Click OK to return to the Layout menu.

To make settings for your watermark, click the Settings button. The following dialog box appears.

From the Watermark list box, select the watermark you want to make settings for, then make color, position, density, and size settings. Your settings appear on the left side of the dialog. After you make settings, click OK.


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Making changes to printer driver settings for Windows 3.1

Using the Automatic setting

When Automatic is selected on the Main menu, the printer driver takes care of all detailed settings based on the current Media Type and Ink settings. To make the Ink setting, click Color to print in color, or Black to print in black-and-white or grayscale. To make the Media Type setting, see Making the Media Type setting.

Note:
  • Depending on the media you choose in the Media Type list (while Automatic is selected), a slide bar appears in the Mode box that lets you choose Quality, Speed, or an intermediate setting. Select Quality when print quality is more important than speed.
  • Most Windows applications feature paper size and page layout settings that override similar settings on the printer driver. However, if your application does not have these settings, verify the settings on the printer driver's Paper menu.

Using the Custom settings

The Custom settings let you make a wide range of changes with a single click of the mouse. In the Custom settings list, you'll find ready-made settings provided by EPSON designed to match a particular kind of printout, such as graphs and charts used in a presentation, or images taken by a digital camera.

You can also create your own settings and add them to this list. See Using the Advanced settings for details.

The Custom settings list includes the following ready-made settings.

Text/Graph

Good for printing presentation documents such as graphs and charts.

PhotoEnhance

Best for printing images captured using a video or scanner or digital camera. This setting automatically adjusts the contrast, saturation, and brightness of the original image data to produce sharper, more vivid color printouts. PhotoEnhance does not affect your original image data.

Note:
Printing with PhotoEnhance selected may increase print time depending on your computer system and the amount of data contained in your image.

Economy

Good for printing drafts of text

Follow the steps below to select a Custom setting.

Note:
The Custom button in these instructions appears as the Advanced button in the actual Windows 3.1 printer driver. Please substitute "Custom" with "Advanced" when following these steps.

Click the Advanced button on the Main menu.

From the Custom settings list, select the most appropriate setting for the type of document or image you will print.

When you choose a Custom setting, other settings such as Print Quality, Halftoning, and Color Adjustment are set automatically. Changes are shown in the Current Settings display at the bottom of the Main menu.

Before printing, be sure to verify the Media Type and Ink settings, as they may be affected by the Custom setting you select. See Making the Media Type setting.

Using the Advanced settings

The Advanced settings give 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 list.

Follow the instructions below to make and save Advanced settings.

Click the Custom button on the Main menu and then click Advanced. (For Windows 3.1, click Advanced, then click More Settings.) The following dialog box appears.

Select the Media Type you loaded in the printer. For details, see Making the Media Type setting.

Choose Color or Black in the Ink option.

Select the Print Quality setting.

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

Note:
Some settings may be disabled depending on the Media Type, Ink, and Print Quality settings you make.

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

To save your Advanced settings, click Save Settings on the Main menu. The Custom Settings dialog box appears.

Type a unique name for your settings in the Name box, and click the Save button. Your settings will be added to the Custom settings list.

Note:
  • You cannot use the names of settings provided by EPSON for your custom settings.
  • To delete a setting, select the setting in the Custom Settings dialog box and click Delete.
  • You cannot delete the ready-made settings from the Custom Settings list.

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

Modifying the printout style

You can modify your printout style using a variety of printer driver settings located on the Paper menus.

On the Paper menu, you can specify the orientation of your printout, and adjust the printable area. On the Layout menu, you can have the size of your document automatically fitted to the paper size, print 2 or 4 pages of your document on one sheet, and put a watermark on your document.

Adjusting page orientation and printable area

You can adjust the page orientation and printable area from the Paper menu.

Use the options in the Printable Area box to adjust the total area available for printing. If you want to center the printout, click Center. If you need to increase the printable area, click Maximum.

Note:
  • When Maximum is selected, the print quality may decline at the edges of the printout. Before printing large jobs using this setting, print a single sheet to confirm quality.
  • When Maximum is selected, make sure the paper loaded in the sheet feeder is not curled.


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