Sat 02-Apr-11 08:57 PM | edited Sat 02-Apr-11 08:59 PM by dankeny
When I load paper in the bulk tray I often have to lift the sheet feeder (pull it forward) to get the paper to register and load. Am I doing something wrong?
I print an image to Luster and it is perfect. I reset the proof set to Velvet Fine Art, Select the appropriate profile in PS printer dialog box and set the printer to VelvetFineArt. What I get is a perfect print EXCEPT for some areas are Lime Green. In different light they would be green, but not this green. I loaded a greyscale layer and set the printer to B&W. Again, perfect print except those same ares which are now light grey (very wrong).
Do you mean the printer driver for the 3880? It seems to me that if the driver was the problem, I would not get perfect prints in matte and luster profiles. I also check the gamut warnings for the proof set. The print preview looks right as well. I'm gonna reload the profiles. If I can selectively reload the fine art profiles,I will.
I just got a 3880 and have not noticed a problem like you describe with the auto sheet feeder. How thick a stack of paper are you putting in there at a time? Have you checked the bottom of the slot for a stray piece of debris?
Yes, I have examined the printer for debris. It has the biggest problem when there is a smaller stack of paper. It does better with 25 sheets or so. I keep looking for a lever to lock it in. Maybe the spring on the feeder is weak?
I too have the Epson 3880 but am struggling to visualize your paper feed problem. Your mention of the bulk tray, having to lift or pull forward the sheet feeder and weak springs has me a bit confused. We're talking about the top-loading, gravity-fed, auto-feed slot correct? This slot handles about 20 sheets of photo paper, but cannot feed Velvet Fine Art paper which must be fed through the manual top-loading slot which is directly behind the auto-feeder.
My printer goes through a bit of mechanical movement, drops the front sheet into the feed and broadens the paper guides once feeding starts. Is any/all of this happening?
As for the color problems, we have to start with a better description of your color management routine. It sounds like you're asking Photoshop to manage colors and providing the VFA profile to it. When you set the printer to VFA, you can set the paper handling attributes, but must turn off color management as PS is already handling that.
Just trying to understand your problem a bit better. The 3880 should be providing you highly accruate results.
Sounds like a paper thickness issue. You do not say if you are MAC or PC. There is is difference is how thickness settings work depending on the OS. Suggest walking through Solving Problems in the manual starting with Page 132. Print settings on a MAC operate differently.
Thanks for your reply. I don't think it's thickness setting, but I will check that. The paper slot has a lot of room at the bottom. Too much room to effectively guide the paper. I think there should be a tensioner that snugs the paper to the rollers. I'm struggling for words to describe the bottom of the gravity fed tray. Where the paper rests. Is there any tension on the paper or is there just a slot where the rollers grab the paper if it is aligned right?
David, What I see on my 3880 is a flat bottom about 1/2 inch. Paper sits loose. The paper gets kicked to the rollers when printing starts. It does not look like tension occurs until the paper disappears into the rollers/tension bar. Im on a MAC with Snow Leopard, therefore, our screens for Print Setup will be slightly different. The manual, p88, says to make sure you do not use photoshop color management settings when printing BW. Am unable to set VFA as a paper choice, it is greyed out. I still think there is a setting somewhere that is conflicting.
Hey Paul, thanks for your reply. Yes I am talking about the gravity feed. I insert the paper and adjust the guide to fit width. When I print, I get a paper error. If I pull the paper guide toward the front of the printer and retry it feeds. More sheets is better.
I know to feed the VFA through the manual slot. No problem there. My color management is text book. Windoz v7, PSCS 5, calibrated monitor, Huey real time ambient light adjustment. I'm using proof set with Epson supplied profiles, PS manages color, Color management off on printer. Printer set to VFA paper. PS print dialog set to use proof set and Epson supplied profile for VFA paper. I know my color management is correct because the matte and luster prints are perfect. Notice that the only areas of the print that are wrong are the green areas. For the most part the profile works. Also the preview (usually a good indication) looks right. It looks like some of the nozzles aren't firing. Whoa, wait a minute, it's different black--maybe That nozzle is clogged. I don't think I've ever used it. How to check/unclog a nozzle?
You can do it with the printer software or from the printer front panel menu. If you open the software, click on Power Cleaning and then Nozzle Check and then Power Head Cleaning if needed. See page 100 of the manual.