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KelleyBee says:
Epson Stylus Photo 1400
Hello! Does anyone have the Epson Stylus 1400? Hubby is planning on getting a large format printer for my upcoming birthday and this is one we are considering. We were not able to see it print at the store, so we purchased it, brought it home and tried it. Compared to my older Cannon 4300 inkjet, the quality of the printout on my Cannon appears superior, but the Epson should really be superior, so I think perhaps I am not setting it correctly. Any advice? I have 14 days from Saturday to decide whether this printer stays or goes back tot he store.
Feb 17, 2010
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MaggieM says:
Hello KelleyBee.....That is a beautiful printer, from everything I've read. I don't have it, but I do have an Epson printer...older model. I love it. The things I do when printing photographs is:

Choose Epson photographic paper. Quality the best you can afford. Like Premium Glossy or Matte...

Use Epson Ink, made for your printer.

Always go into the printer's properties and set your printing quality there.

Set the paper type.
Set the quality. (Best)
Set for Enhance automatically.
Borderless if you choose.
Set for the size paper you will be using.
I usually always choose to see a preview of my print prior to actually hitting Print.

These options, if set correctly should give you a fantastic print. If you choose to go black and white you can even set your printer to print, Grayscale. (turns off color inks)
Hope this helps and Good Luck!!
Feb 17, 2010
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KelleyBee says:
These things I did. The only thing I've not done is use Epson paper. I have Kodak paper and it worked beautifully with the Cannon. I guess I just have to keep playing with it until I get a print I am satisfied with. My first inkjet was an Epson (can't recall the model, but we are talking almost 15 years ago) and it printed beautifully, even better than the Cannon, so that is why I wanted to consider going back to Epson. However, for now, I am disappointed.
Feb 17, 2010
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KelleyBee says:
Now I recall. It was an Epson Stylus 800. A nice printer for the time.
Feb 17, 2010
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MaggieM says:
Hi again, KelleyBee, there is another thing (important) that determines the quality of your print. That is the quality (dpi) that makes up your page. Make sure your page is made @ 300 dpi. This would include all components. So when it's finished it should be 3600 ppi x 3600 ppi. Hope this helps. I have an Epson Stylus R340 (it's a couple years old) but I love it. Good Luck! Maggie
Feb 17, 2010
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KelleyBee says:
We decided to keep the printer. I was able to make further software adjustments and prints to my satisfaction. Now to find where I can buy 12 x 12 photo paper. I am not to excited about Epson's 12 x 12 at $20 for only 10 sheets. I see these huge rolls of photo paper for a reasonable price. I am thinking I can cut from the roll what is needed, as needed, but hubby is hesitant. He thinks the paper will curl and be troublesome. I'm wondering if anyone here has used the rolls and could advise.
Feb 25, 2010
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MaggieM says:
Hi KelleyBee, I've never used roll paper. Have you checked out printing prices for your 12 x 12 pages at Scrapbooks Please? Click on Store above. They do beautiful work and they are always running specials. Sometimes printing pages @ .99 each. We cannot print the pages at home for that price. You might check it out.
Feb 26, 2010
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MaggieM says:
You might watch for sales on paper. Both at the Epson store and in one of your local stores, if you want to print at home.
Feb 26, 2010
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