So, I bought an Epson R1800 --it rules-- with the plan to use it to make high-quality prints of my digital artwork and sell them online. And I've been doing that but I want to make some tweaks to the system and I could use your help.
First, paper: I've been printing onto French Smart White and, even though I like the way that feels, the prints come out sort of washed-out with a loss in detail and color. I don't want to print onto paper that looks and feels like photo paper, I want a paper that feels like PAPER. I've tried all kinds of settings--anyone have a better paper suggestions for this printer?
Second, Ink: This thing BURNS through ink. It's costing me a shit-ton. I'm thinking about picking up a continuous ink system. Anyone recommend one?
Your paper looks washed out because it's not coated for digital printing.
There are lots of paper feeling digital papers out there. But if they're coated for digital then they will cost you extra. Try going to a supplier like Lexjet who can usually beat the prices from the bigbox stores.
Some suggestions for papers might be enhanced versions Somerset, Hahnemüler, Sunset, Moab.
If you want your printer to last then DON'T put second party inks into your printer. I've tried and it's never been worth it. Pantone came out with inks for the Epson and they messed up my printer pretty bad. IF Pantone can't make a decent ink then what makes you think Biffco can.