Everyone told me epson printers were the best.
however, i am finding that my brand new printer is printing photographs that look TERRIBLE. they are over saturated, and have streaks. note again: brand new printer. the reds look like neon lights, and overall they resemble nothing close to what the images look like on my screen, nevermind in real life.
any suggestions? i have the printer set to "super high quality". everything else seems to be on a default/neutral setting.
thanks in advance.
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You did not give enough information to make a good diagnosis.
However, (just guessing) I suspect that your paper is thick and the head is rubbing against the paper--causing the streaks. There is a "thick paper" option, which I often need to prevent rubbing, especially if the paper is not perfectly flat.
The color issue is probably because you are controlling color in the printing setup in Photoshop and not turning off control by the Epson printer's software. If both are trying to control color you will get muddy, crappy looking pics.
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Use Epson Photo Paper, and set your printer to "best" quality.
I could help you better if you would:
1. give model of printer
2. tell me what paper you're using
3. what the problem is with your photos.
Are you trying to print photographs on plain paper? Epson WorkForce printers are designed for fast office-type printing, not photo quality printing.
If you use photo-paper (specifically, Epson photo paper), and "best" quality setting, it should be better. Your color may not exactly match what you see on your screen, though. Welcome to the wonderful world of "color management".
Epson printers are built with a print counter,
the company has predefined a maximum print no. for each model,
If your printer is an old one,this could be a possible reason.
If both lights are flashing, it means the Waste Ink Pads in your printer are saturated with ink and the waste ink "protection" counter has exceeded its limit. The Waste Ink Pads should be replaced as soon as possible. You can restore your printer to a working condition immediately by using the SSC utility - download from
I print with the R1800 as well as the 24" 7880 in my studio. Whenever the "preview" shows less than the whole image I intend to print it is generally either the orientation (portrait/landscpe) is set incorrectly or the Paper size selected is incorrect for the size of the print.
Try using a soft cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol over the metal contacts. Make certain all residue to include spent ink or oil from your fingers have been removed. Let air dry. If your printers Print Head can be removed separately, that is the way to go when cleaning components. It has been known that Print Heads fail also and need replacement.
hi! try this!
1. go to control panel, select the printer, then right click the model of your printer, select properties, then select printing preferences.
in printing preference, select effect, then check the box of vivid photos. If you check vivid photos it will add enhancement to your printout. But thats not it,
2. open your photoshop, find your color settings, set your RGB color to (sRGB IEC61996- 2.1) then you CMYK color to (U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2) then off all your Color-management Policies and don't mind anything.
3. After your Edit your photos from RGB, then convert it to CMYK, then try printing it.