I ordered a Epson 2200 and I should have it by Monday 3/17. Is there anything out of the ordinary about setting this printer up and printing photos with it? I'm assuming you hook it up, install the printer drivers and it's ready to print. I'm excited about getting it, but am a little worried after reading other people's posts re their problems. Any suggestions or advice will be appreciated ......thanks..............fsj
#1. "RE: EPSON 2200" | In response to Reply # 0Fri 14-Mar-03 11:49 PM
Be sure the cable you use to hook it up is high quality. My first Firewire cable wasn't good enough. I've had other Epsons that were fussy about parallel printer cable quality too.
Read Ian Lyon's essays on printing and color management at his Computer Darkroom website:
You need a calibrated monitor and the right settings for your output to ensure that colors will be accurate (true of any printer).
#2. "RE: EPSON 2200" | In response to Reply # 0bstern Registered since 17th Mar 2003Mon 17-Mar-03 08:30 PM
The one thing out of the ordinary is the print quality... it is truly awesome. I got mine and I love like it was my own child. But really, a few things:
- The ink cartridges are small and can run out fast. They cost about $11 each... but with 7 colors that's $77. On the up-side, you can check the ink level through the print software and it will even tell you "You have enough ink to print 20 more page the same as the last page printed". That's really cool.
- You do need a different black ink cartridges for printing on matte paper and you must swap the cartridges.
- It isn't fast, but it's so pretty.
- Mine didn't come with a fire Wire or USB cable. That's an extra you need to buy.
- If an ink tank is too low it won't print at all.
- Try the Epson Water Color paper, it's great!
- After using other Epson printers for years, I found that if you don't print for a while the head can dry up and clog. I try to print or clean the heads once a week to prevent this.
Have fun, it really is great. Just be careful... you can lose hours and even days locked in a room with this printer. It's that addictive you just can't stop.
#3. "RE: EPSON 2200" | In response to Reply # 2fsjackson Registered since 28th Dec 2002Tue 18-Mar-03 12:00 AM
It arrived at my door today without the usb cable I ordered. But I snatched one from my other printer and it's printing out its very first picture as I write this post. I'm up to page 43 of the manual and I have to admit I don't understand the PIM part, or the custom profile with color management. I have calibrated my monitor. I guess I'll figure that one out tomorrow. I think the key is to take it one day at a time. Well, it just finished printing and I'm checking it out. The color is great. It's a 8x10 photo with text on it. The text is around 1/2" tall. The only thing I see is, there's a little noise or somthing around the letters. So I'm going to have to figure out what caused that. I need to go back and check all the setting for photo printing.
I changed a setting and am reprinting. I changed the tone to normal and sharpening to none. Just finished printing again. That took care of the noise. It seems there may be a slight magenta cast to it. I had the same picture that was printed before on a different printer and it seemed to have goldish overtone to it. All the pictures I printed on the Canon had that cast to them. So it's hard to compare one that's too yellow to one that may be slightly off on the magenta side. But in the photo, my husband has on a red jersey & grey softball pants (he's a pitcher) and the text is red & white and those colors seem to be true in the Epson print. In the Canon print, the lettering had too much orange in the red. I guess I've just look at those goldish tones too much in the canon prints and am now seeing the correct colors and what the photo should actually look like. In fact the more I look at it the more I love it.
Can you or anyone else share what they believe are the best settings to print color photos. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks................frances
#5. "RE: EPSON 2200" | In response to Reply # 3bstern Registered since 17th Mar 2003Tue 18-Mar-03 06:03 PM
I'm glad to hear that you jumped right in! One thing about the settings... there are too many, for me at least. In my opinion it should have only one setting: BEST... that's the only reason any of us dropped $600. But enough of my belly-aching. I've been printing on Enhanced Photo, at the Highest Resolution, from PhotoShop, on an iMac. One thing about using fonts, at least on a Mac is that the printer software doesn't handle Postscript files or fonts. It's kind of a craps-shoot if the font will default or not and don't even think about an EPS (Encapsulated Post Script) file. Epson did come out with a RIP software for printing Postscript fonts and files, but it cost something like $300. I almost fell over when the rep told me that one.
Also, I found that an RGB file prints truer color than a CMYK and if you want to print a B/W image, it is best to leave the settings on color. Why? Apparently it is not for us to know. Anyway, I didn't read much of the manual, as I said I've been using other Epson printers at work for years, so take my comments with a grain of salt, OK?
Again, have fun, that's what it's all about! And if you have any other questions ask away... in a month or two I'll probably be asking you for help.
have a good one!
#7. "RE: EPSON 2200" | In response to Reply # 6Tue 18-Mar-03 10:53 PM
The cart supplies have gotten much better, the light colors are the ones you'll use up fastest. It's good to keep them on-hand if you do much printing.
The 2200 isn't a very good choice as a proofing printer for design work (the Postscript RIP issue). It's a photo printer. The prints and inks will cost enough that it's a good idea to use a dye based printer for proofing. I have a 1270 that I use with Adobe's excellent but no longer marketed Pressready RIP. Epson's RIP was not very good a few years ago, perhaps they've improved it since I last tried it. A dye based printer will proof more accurately for offset press work.
If you do need to output EPS to the 2200 and you don't want to invest in a RIP, use a pdf workflow or RIP it using Photoshop.