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    Default Epson 1400 Sux.. as far as I can tell.

    Does anyone get good results printing seps from the epson 1400. I busted the bank and bought one for the larger format and thought epsons are legendary for printing seps. I've found out the print driver doesn't have a transparency setting! Can't seem to find any way to control the amount of ink either. The prints are way too translucent.

    Any advice?

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    Bump.... Never realized how important the driver/software could be. Warning to everyone looking to buy a printer.

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    thanks for the forward. epson 2200 is the one i want tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anteism View Post
    Does anyone get good results printing seps from the epson 1400. I busted the bank and bought one for the larger format and thought epsons are legendary for printing seps. I've found out the print driver doesn't have a transparency setting! Can't seem to find any way to control the amount of ink either. The prints are way too translucent.

    Any advice?
    Don't know the 1400 but I use the 9600 and 9800 (and in the past the 9500). On all of these models there are "backlit film" settings, but even with this I have had to come up with my own profiles. In checking out the 1400 online it looks like it's finely tweaked for photo papers.
    Try adjusting the saturation, contrast, unidirectional, slow dry time features. Also the 1400 can print 5 different droplet sizes. Call tech support and see what makes it decided which size to print.
    I know this will sound dumb but... make sure that your file is 100% black.
    Also it's not uncommon for Epson Rips to give different result from Illustrator to photoshop. Make sure you try both.
    Good luck

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    If you are using a black that you can pick from that color plalete try using Hexichrome black. I have a Epson Stylus and I print with the highest setting if I really want a deep dark black. I think it's the setting for premium gloss paper even though I'm using transperence film. I also make my own seperation in layers with Illustrator. I have no rip software

    -loco

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegeethree View Post
    make sure that your file is 100% black.
    Adding some Cyan and Magenta to get a richer black has helped me with an Epson 1280 too.

    Are the films coming out as a really light translucent purple? I've had this problem a couple times with the 1280, and I couldn't figure it out. The ink was kind of thick and sticky too, it was strange. Once I was using a different computer than normal and there must have been some sort of conflict.

    And not having a transparency or back lit film setting shouldn't be a problem. Mine has one, and I don't use it. I did a bunch of tests and found another setting to get denser blacks.

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    I set to print on premium glossy paper for my 1280 and I get rich blacks. The transparency settings are shite, just mess around with your options, you'll get it to work.

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    I have the EPSON 1400. I just purchased it to create seps for screenprinting, so I've got my fingers crossed that I can make it work.

    I just did a test print and got a very nice dark black onto inkjet non-waterproof film. This is a sample sheet from Internet Screen Supplies. (I also have a pack of Accumark inkjet film that I have not yet tested.) I'm using standard EPSON black ink. However, I plan to switch to non-brand ink after my EPSON ink runs out. (I bought an ink refill kit from Efillink.com.)

    I set my print settings for Ultra Premium Photo Gloss Paper, and color settings to Advanced: Photo RPM (in Photoshop).

    I haven't tried to burn a screen yet, but this test looks good to me. Nice and dark. I'll post an update after I try burning a screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popart View Post
    However, I plan to switch to non-brand ink after my EPSON ink runs out. (I bought an ink refill kit from Efillink.com.)
    Don't do it. Never worth the trouble it causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegeethree View Post
    Don't do it. Never worth the trouble it causes.
    What would you suggest? Better to stick with EPSON ink? (But it's so expensive!)

    I have used a Continuous Ink System (CIS) in the past, but this time I purchased refill cartridges. I'm not so worried about the refill cartridges as I am the black ink. I hope that the non-brand ink will be dark enough. (I think the ink comes from Image-Specialists).

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