I print with an Epson 3800, using mainly Epson Premium Glossy, semi-gloss and Premium presentation matte papers. I am curious about ink usage. I would assume that the glossy, semigloss and lustre papers would use a fairly similar amount of ink per print. Does matte paper use more ink due to its more absorbent surface? I sometimes do proofing on the matte paper because the paper itself is cheaper, but I wonder if increased ink use might cancel out the difference.
#1. "RE: Epson ink question..." | In response to Reply # 0OldFogeyOne Registered since 11th Feb 2010Sat 13-Feb-10 09:19 PM
I've been using an Epson 3880 for a few weeks and have done calculations on 70 print jobs. I print mainly with Hahnemuhle Photorag 308 (Matte) and Epson Fine Art Paper (semi-gloss).
The matte paper (using matte black ink) is averaging 0.0017ml per square centimetre printed, and the gloss/semi-gloss (i.e. using photo black)is averaging 0.0022ml per square centimetre printed. I don't know if that's a significant difference.
Changing black ink to/from photo black wastes more photo black than matte black (??). Ink wastage during a change seems to be about 1.5 to 3 ml.