What should I do if the printout is blurry or smeared?
Check the following:
- Make sure your paper isn’t damp or curled, or loaded face-down (the printable side should be face-up). It’s usually brighter or whiter.
- Use a support sheet with special paper, or try loading your paper one sheet at a time.
- Make sure your paper meets the specifications. Also, it is important to select the correct paper type.
- Use Epson papers to ensure proper saturation and absorption of genuine Epson inks. Also, make sure youíre using genuine Epson ink cartridges.
- Align the print head.
- Remove each sheet from the output tray as it is printed.
- The printer wonít operate properly if itís tilted or at an angle. Place it on a flat, stable surface that extends beyond the printer base in all directions.
- Avoid handling printouts for a few hours to allow the ink to set. Let your prints dry separately for at least 12 hours before framing or placing them in protective sheets. If you need to stack them, place a sheet of plain paper between each print.
- Turn off High Speed mode in the printer software.
- Turn on the following settings and try printing again:
If you are using double-sided paper and printing heavily saturated or dark images on the front side of the paper, you may notice that smudges or marks appear on the front when you print the second side. If one side of the paper will contain a lighter image or text, print that side first to eliminate marks or smudging.If you are having this problem while printing on a CD or DVD, make sure you’re using an ink jet-printable CD or DVD, and handle the disc carefully. Allow the ink to dry for at least 24 hours before playing the disc or inserting it in a drive.Load a new sheet of plain paper and press the paper button to eject it. Do this several times. If you still have a problem, ink may have leaked inside the printer, and you need to clean the printer.
- Windows: Access the printer settings window, click Maintenance, select Printer and Option Information, and click the Thick paper and Check paper width before printing checkboxes.
- Macintosh: Open the Print window, select Extension from the pop-up menu, and click the Thick paper and Check paper width before printing buttons.
Published: February 12, 2008
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