nozzle check Epson 3880

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Rkelac
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Re: nozzle check Epson 3880
In reply to Ursula Freer, Mar 1, 2013

Ursula Freer wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

Ursula Freer wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

Ursula Freer wrote:

I always us matte black for printing (Photoshop). When I do a nozzle check the printer changes to gloss black wasting ink in the process. I also get an error message regarding the wrong size of paper. I use letter size for this and that's what is specified in the nozzle check procedure.

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Do you run the nozzle check from the printer LCD panel or the driver from the computer?

From the computer, why? Is there a difference?

Check your basic prefferences from your Devices and Printers tab on your PC ( if MAC then I do not know ) right click the printer icon and under printer prefferences set to always print to Matte material, quality, orientation and No Color Management then click on apply or OK and those settings should become your defaults from that point onward unless you temporarily change them when you print.

Joe

I know how to change basic preferences on my Mac (OS10.6.8), but the only choice I have is the paper size, nothing about matte, quality, orientation and color mgt. Maybe someone with a Mac could enlighten me?

Thank you Joe!

Ursula
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Because if you use the LCD you are by passing the printer driver and the OS in your MAC which might be defaulted to ALWAYS use glossy, thus the constant change of the black ink.

I know this is going to sound very biased but if you have been keeing track for the majority of really weird or odd printing problems, not just the normal, " my prints are darker than my monitor ", the common condition seems to be that the user is printing from a MAC OS. There's just seems to be this unexplained inability for the EPSON Driver and the OS to get along.

Those who are MAC OS / Printing experts have obviously figured it out and I wish they would share their knowledge here with those who are experiencing these problems.

Joe

I'll definitely try the LCD, hopefully it will avoid my problem. The problem with Mac and Epson printers is with the newest operating system which I will avoid until it's solved.

In the meantime I had made up a little image in PS to mimic the nozzle check image to use in order to avoid changing to photo black ink. I find it puzzling that the photo black is way down even though I do not use it in my printing. must be the nozzle checks really eat it up.

Thanks so much Joe!

Ursula
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I use both Macs and PCs to print but prefer the Mac.  I can't help you with the nozzle check, since I hardly ever do one.  The 3880 just always prints perfectly with Cone inks on both my Macs and PCs.

However, I can help you with the settings from Lightroom.  (I'm not sure how you can make a decent print without setting the media.)  On a Mac, in the "Print" tab in Lightroom there are two buttons on the lower left.  The first is "Page Setup" where you set the page size and orientation.  Right next to this button on the right is a button called "Print Settings".  This is where you set the "Media Type" and a lot of other settings.  Make sure you set the "Media Type" to the one recommended by the paper supplier (unless you found a better one).

The process on a PC is almost exactly the same.  On a PC though in the "Print" tab in Lightroom there is only one button on the lower left called "Page Setup".  This button brings up a window where you set the page size and orientation just like on a Mac.  However, on the right of this screen is another button called "Properties".  When you click this button it brings up a screen where you set the "Media Type" and a lot of other settings.

Pretty similar to the Mac.  The Mac has two separate buttons on the "Print" tab.  A PC has only one button on the "Print" tab that you click and that brings up the other button.

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