Problems and Solutions : Print Quality Problems

Print Quality Problems
You see banding (light lines).
Your printout is blurry or smeared.
Align the print head.
If you are using double-sided paper and printing heavily saturated or dark images on the front side of the paper, you may notice that smudges or marks appear on the front when you print the second side. If one side of the paper will contain a lighter image or text, print that side first to eliminate marks or smudging.
Load a new sheet of plain paper and press the  paper button to eject it. Do this several times. If you still have a problem, ink may have leaked inside the printer, and you need to clean it. See Cleaning the Printer for instructions.
Your printout is faint or has gaps.
Make sure your paper isn’t damaged, old, dirty, or loaded face down. If it is, reload a new stack of paper with the printable side up; it is usually brighter or whiter than the other side. For best results, use genuine Epson paper.
You see wrong or missing colors.
Your printed colors can never exactly match your on-screen colors. However, you can use a color management system to get as close as possible. Try using the ICM (Windows) or ColorSync (Macintosh) setting.
Your printout is grainy.
Select Photo RPM for Quality Type (Windows) or Print Quality (Macintosh). Remember that this setting increases print time.