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post Dec 17 2006, 04:57 PM
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I just picked myself up a r380 and hoping one of you epson pros can give me a little advice... First thing I did when I got the thing installed was print off a couple pics of my new baby girl and the results (for what I'm used to) were just amazing. I've clearly been living in the dark ages as far as printers are concerned. On to the dvd covers... Everything looks beautiful except for the text, particularly the smaller text. Blurred out, discoloration, parts of it missing, etc. I'm using glossy photo paper and have that paper selected in my settings. Is it possible my problem is that I'm not using printer specific (epson) paper? Something else in the settings? Has anyone else experienced this? Any ideas or suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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I use an Epson R300, and have always noticed the really small text, such as the legal text, is very hard to read. I have always presumed it is down to the weight of the paper used. Using Epson paper will not make any difference. Using heavier grade paper most probably will, but if you go to high, you can't fold the paper into the case. I use 150 gsm paper, and just put up with the legal text. But then, are you ever going to get that text to be really good, using a home printer?


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The paper I'm using is 165 gsm and the text output is simply unacceptable. It isn't just hard to read... you can't read it at all.
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I have an R220, using Epson Premium Photo Paper (Glossy) 8.5x11, 68lb, 10.4 mil. My printing preferences: Best Photo, Type: premium glossy photo paper, PhotoEnhance checked. Advanced Settings: High Speed unchecked, Edge Smoothing unchecked. My text is absolutely sharp down to the legal and credits.
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same setting i have for my r220 rob lol
Although not used the r380 some settings maybe a little different like the difference between r200 and r220 which is paper settings mostly.

Trick is to experiment and find the setting that suit you and the kind of paper you use.


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QUOTE(Irrob @ Dec 17 2006, 11:09 AM) [snapback]35803[/snapback]
I have an R220, using Epson Premium Photo Paper (Glossy) 8.5x11, 68lb, 10.4 mil. My printing preferences: Best Photo, Type: premium glossy photo paper, PhotoEnhance checked. Advanced Settings: High Speed unchecked, Edge Smoothing unchecked. My text is absolutely sharp down to the legal and credits.


I'm going to go and get some epson paper and give that a whirl. Though for some odd reason I get okay results using the plain paper setting and using glossy photo paper (not epson). What weight is the paper you're using irrob? And what color profile are you using?

just noticed you said the weight. (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/duh.gif)
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I have had a hard time finding paper the was good quality, not to heavy, not to light and not to expensive. After many tries I have found HP Photo Paper 180 gsm is the best. even small legal text is perfectly readable.


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What printer are you using ubl?
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epson r300
i wont add to the confusion, but suffice to say trail and error is the best way to find optimum settings, i'm lucky and get on well with my local supplier so i can 'try' various papers out before i buy bulk,unlike irrob i set my printer for 'text and photo'


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I was using a R300 with dirt cheap paper lol, 180gsm matt, and have never noticed not being able to read the legal's or any other tiny text, but them am as deaf as a post, and can usually read what others can not (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8824.gif) , on the odd occasion the legals have been a little fuzzy, but I notice that's usually depends on the quality of the legals in the first place.

Anyone point out another printer that prints direct to disc as my R300 as gone to pastures new in printer heaven :(
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I have noticed this on some covers, sometimes even synopsis text depending on how big it is in the cover. You can use a fairly high gsm paper and it will still fold in the case, i myself use G&G 210 gsm glossy paper. It was cheap and is incredibly thick. Usually have really good results with it. It also has a glossy and matte side so you can use either one.

My usual settings with an R200 are, Photo(not best) quality, premium glossy photo paper, standard icm, high speed and edge smoothing disabled.

Only real complaint i have is that i'm having a hard time getting the color to match between the monitor and printer, probably need to re-run adobe's calibrator again.
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QUOTE(dweez @ Dec 17 2006, 08:12 PM) [snapback]35816[/snapback]
What printer are you using ubl?


I knew I had forgotten something. I use a r200


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My small print looks good. It is readable cause my wife can read it without her glasses. I use an R300 with Kirkland pro glossy inkjet photo paper from costco 12.50 for 125 sheets and it is 255g. my settings are as follows in printer options.
Quality Option set as - PHOTO
Print Options - PHOTO ENHANCE - checked
Paper Type - Premium Glossy Photo Paper

All others are default but you could try Best Photo for Quality Option
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By the way, i believe that all the high speed option does is print on both the left and right stroke, i don't think it actually causes the print head to move faster. Although i still uncheck it, might not hurt to leave it on.
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QUOTE(dweez @ Dec 17 2006, 01:58 PM) [snapback]35813[/snapback]
And what color profile are you using?


profiles are different on each of my computers. I just let Windows set them automatically.
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I make sure that PS is using my monitors installed color profile that came with the monitor. When i print from within a program like PS i always make sure that color management is only being handled by one program, either the printer's software or PS itself, otherwise they seem to fight each other and prints don't look very close to the on screen version.
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I am using the same settings as Irrob on Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss inkjet photo paper (250 gsm).
I get excellent results on my Espon 220 but I do have to slightly lengthen the cover image to accomodate the heavyweight paper.


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different prob.......................i use an r340................which prints out on everything event bum paper...........but, i cannot for the life of me centralize my disc prints...............i get a white off set border around the perimeter...............any help ..................anyone (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
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What i do in Surething disc labeler that i use is to expand the size of the disc in the software, that tricks the printer into thinking the disc is bigger than it is and it prints all the way to the edge and then some.
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