What should I do if my printout is blurry or smeared?
If your printouts are blurry or smeared, try these solutions:
- Make sure your paper is
not damp, curled, old, or loaded incorrectly in your product.
- Use a support sheet with
special paper, or load special paper one sheet at a time.
- Make sure your paper meets
the specifications for your product.
- Use Epson papers to ensure
proper saturation and absorption of genuine Epson inks.
- Make sure the paper type
setting in your product software matches the type of paper you loaded.
- Remove each sheet from the
output tray as it is printed.
- Avoid handling printouts
on glossy paper right after printing to allow the ink to set.
- Turn off any high speed
settings in your product software.
- If you print on both sides
of a sheet of paper, smudges may appear on the reverse side of heavily
saturated or dark images. If one side of a sheet will contain a lighter image
or text, print that side first.
Print Density and/or
Increased Ink Drying Time settings.
- Run a nozzle check to see
if any of the print head nozzles are clogged. Then clean the print head, if
- Align the print head.
- Clean the paper path.
Note: Your product will not operate properly while tilted at an angle.
Place it on a flat, stable surface that extends beyond the base of the product
in all directions.
Print Head Nozzle Check
Print Head Cleaning
Selecting Basic Print Settings - Windows
Selecting Advanced Print Settings - Windows
Selecting Basic Print Settings - Mac OS X
Selecting Printing Preferences - Mac OS X
Cleaning the Paper Path
Published: September 20, 2012
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