Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Professional Edition Download Manual

EPSON Stylus

Pro 4000
PRINTER GUIDE
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All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with these EPSON printers. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other printers.
Trademarks
EPSON, EPSON Stylus, EPSON ESC/P, and MicroWeave are registered trademarks of SEIKO EPSON
CORPORATION.
Photo Enhance and EPSON UltraChrome are trademarks, and EPSON Preferred and EPSON Store are service marks, of Epson America, Inc.
General Notice: Other product names used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. EPSON disclaims any and all rights in those marks.
The ENERGY STAR emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service.
Legal Notices
Neither SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION nor its affiliates shall be liable to the purchaser of this product or third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses incurred by purchaser or third parties as a result of: accident, misuse, or abuse of this product or unauthorized modifications, repairs, or alterations to this product, or (excluding the
U.S.) failure to strictly comply with SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION’s operating and maintenance instructions.
SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION shall not be liable for any damages or problems arising from the use of any options or any consumable products other than those designated as Original EPSON Products or EPSON
Approved Products by SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION.
Printed on recycled paper.
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FCC Compliance Statement
For United States Users
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will invalidate the FCC
Certification of this device and may cause interference levels which exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused interfaces. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
For Canadian Users
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Introduction 9
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Options and Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Where To Get Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Macintosh System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Windows System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
ENERGY STAR Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
1 Handling Paper and Other Media 17
Selecting Media for Your Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Guidelines for Using EPSON Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Using Cut Sheet Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Cut Sheet Paper Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Loading Paper in the Paper Tray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Using the Front Manual Feed Slot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Using the Top Manual Feed Slot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Using Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Roll Paper Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Loading the Paper onto the Spindle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Placing the Paper in the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Removing Paper from the Spindle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Switching Between 2-Inch and 3-Inch Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Cutting Paper Manually with the Built-in Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Printing Trim Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Adjusting the Platen Gap for Thick or Thin Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Optimizing the Settings for Your Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Creating Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Selecting Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
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2 Printing with EPSON Drivers for Macintosh 43
Printing in Macintosh OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Choosing Page Setup Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Borderless Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Choosing Color Management and Paper Configuration Options . . 50
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Creating a Custom Preset and Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Monitoring Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Checking Ink Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Sharing Your Printer on a Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Printing in Macintosh OS 9.x . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Choosing Page Setup Options for Cut Sheet Printing . . . . . . . . . . 58
Choosing Page Setup Options for Roll Paper and
Borderless Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Recommended Settings for Borderless Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Choosing Advanced Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Monitoring Your Print Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Checking Printer Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Selecting Configuration Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Sharing Your Printer on a Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
3 Printing with EPSON Drivers for Windows 75
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Choosing Paper and Layout Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Choosing Cut Sheet Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Borderless Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Choosing Advanced Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Using the Progress Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Setting Monitoring Preferences and Optimizing Print Speed . . . . . 88
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4 Maintaining and Transporting the Printer 93
Checking Printer Status and Part Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Printing Status Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Viewing Status Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Checking and Cleaning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Running a Power Cleaning Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Aligning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Replacing Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Performing Additional Maintenance Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Changing the Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Using the Maintenance Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Replacing the Paper Cutter Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Replacing the Maintenance Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Transporting or Storing the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Preparing the Printer for Shipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Setting Up the Printer After Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
5 Solving Problems 115
Diagnosing Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Checking Error Messages and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Improving Print Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Solving Operational Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Solving Miscellaneous Printing Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Solving Paper Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Clearing Roll Paper Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Clearing Paper Tray Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Clearing Paper Jams from the Manual Feed Slots . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131sp4000Guide.book Page 7 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM-8
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A Installing the Optional Print Server Card 133
Removing the Print Server Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
B Specifications 135
Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Operating Depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Packing Dimensions and Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Printer Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Safety Approvals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Cut Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Printable Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
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This Printer Guide provides important information on using your printer, selecting paper, and replacing ink cartridges. It also tells you how to maintain your printer to keep it working at its best, and provides troubleshooting tips in case you have a problem.
For additional information, see the following:• The Start Here sheet shows how to set up your printer and install the software.
 The video CD-ROM, Mastering Your Printer, offers expert advice on printing from Adobe

Photoshop,

optimizing print quality, and performing basic operations.
 The Quick Reference Guide provides a handy summary of procedures for daily use and printer maintenance—loading paper, replacing ink cartridges and other components, checking and aligning the print head, and understanding error messages. Attach it to your printer for easy reference.
 The electronic Reference Guide on the CD-ROM provides additional information about the printer, drivers, and utility software. You can read the guide using a web browser, such as Netscape

Navigator
or
Microsoft

Internet Explorer, versions 4.0 or later.
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips
These symbols are used in this book:WARNINGS must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury.
Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.
Notes contain important information about your printer.
Tips contain additional hints on how to get the most out of your printer.
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Options and Accessories
Your EPSON Stylus

Pro 4000 offers these optional upgrades and accessories:* See Appendix A for details.
In addition, you can order these user-replaceable items: * See page 109 for details.
** Replaces the blade for the printer’s built-in cutter (see page 107).
You can purchase optional equipment and software, ink cartridges, paper, and manuals from EPSON

at (800) 873-7766, or you can visit the
EPSON Store at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
Check the EPSON Pro Graphics web site at http://prographics.epson.com for new accessories and options that may become available.
Optional equipment and software
Option Part number
EPSON Stylus Pro 4000 Printer Cabinet Stand C4000STAND
Internal 10/100 BaseTX (Ethernet

) Type-B Print Server
(interface card)*
C12C824052
Paper Roller Spindle (Normal Tension) — 2- or 3-inch C12C811171
Paper Roller Spindle (High Tension) — 2- or 3-inch C12C811191
One- and two-year extended warranties EPP40EX1 (1-year)
EPP40EX2 (2-year)
Tip: Check the EPSON
Pro Graphics web site at http://prographics.epson.com for new accessories and options that may become available.
Consumables and user-replaceable parts
Part Part number
Replacement Ink Maintenance Tank* C12C890071
Replacement Printer Cutter Blade** C12C815291
Ink Cartridges See page 102 for a complete listing.
Paper (roll and sheet) See pages 19 and 31 for complete listings.
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Where To Get Help
EPSON provides technical support and information on the installation, configuration, and operation of professional printing products through the
EPSON Preferred Protection Plan. Dial (888) 377-6611, 6 AM to 6 PM,
Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Support hours and days are subject to change without notice.
Before you call, make sure you have your Unit ID number, which is included with the EPSON Preferred Protection Plan information that came with your printer. You’ll also need your printer serial number and proof of purchase.
EPSON also provides technical assistance 24 hours a day through the World
Wide Web. You can reach EPSON Support at http://support.epson.com. At this site, you can download drivers and other files, look at product documentation, access troubleshooting information, and receive technical advice through e-mail.
You can purchase ink cartridges, paper, and accessories from EPSON at
(800) 873-7766, or by visiting the EPSON Store at www.epsonstore.com
(U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
Macintosh System Requirements
To use your printer in either a stand-alone or peer-to-peer network environment, your Macintosh

system should include the requirements listed below: OS 9.2.2 or OS X 10.2.8 or later
 1.0 GHz or higher processor recommended
 At least 512MB of RAM
 At least 60MB of free hard disk space to install the software, and at least
2GB of free hard disk space for processing files (8GB or more available hard disk space recommended)
 Quad-speed (4×) or faster CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software
SM
Tip: If you experience difficulty with the toll-free line or your
Unit ID number, call
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 For USB connection: a compliant USB port and a shielded USB “AB” cable from Series A (computer) to Series B (printer), up to 10 feet long
For IEEE 1394 (FireWire

) connection: a shielded IEEE 1394 cable up to 10 feet long
For network connection: the optional Ethernet card (described on page 10) and a compatible cable
Windows System Requirements
To use your printer in either a stand-alone or peer-to-peer network environment, your system should include the requirements listed below: IBM

-compatible PC with a Pentium

IV 1 GHz or higher processor recommended
 For USB connection: PC with USB port running Windows

98 SE
(factory installed), Me, 2000, or XP
For IEEE 1394 connection: PC with FireWire port running
Windows Me, 2000, or XP
For 10/100 Base TX Ethernet connection: Ethernet equipped PC running Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP
 At least 512MB of RAM
 At least 100MB of free hard disk space to install the software, and at least 2GB of free hard disk space for processing files (8GB or more available hard disk space recommended)
 Quad-speed (4×) CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software
 For USB connection: a Windows-compliant USB port and a shielded
USB “AB” cable from Series A (computer) to Series B (printer), up to
10 feet long
For IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection: the optional IEEE 1394 port
(described on page 10) and a shielded IEEE 1394 cable up to 10 feet long
For network connection: the optional Ethernet interface card (described on page 10) and a compatible cable
Caution: Using an improperly shielded cable—especially a cable more than 10 feet long—may cause the printer to malfunction.sp4000Guide.book Page 12 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM13
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ENERGY STAR Compliance
As an ENERGY STAR Partner, EPSON has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.
The EPA ENERGY STAR Office Equipment program is a voluntary partnership with the computer and office equipment industry to promote the introduction of energy-efficient personal computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, and copiers in an effort to reduce air pollution caused by power generation.
Important Safety Instructions
Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions to make sure you use the equipment safely and effectively.
 The printer weighs about 85 lb (without ink or paper), and should be lifted by two people.
 When setting up the printer, make sure you have enough space around it, as shown below. You may need more space behind the printer if you print on large sheets of heavy stock or posterboard.
 Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a radiator or heating vent. Avoid areas subject to rapid changes in temperature and humidity or shock and vibrations.
 Do not place the printer near a window or in direct sunlight. Bright light can interfere with the paper sensors, causing paper jams and related problems.
15.7 in.
5.9 in.
14.8 in.
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 Do not store paper or other material on top of the printer. Doing so can interfere with the paper sensors.
 Keep the entire system away from potential sources of electromagnetic interference, such as loudspeakers or the base units of cordless telephones.
 Place the printer on a flat surface. It will not operate properly if it is tilted or at an angle.
 If you use a stand, make sure it can support at least 110.3 lb (50 kg)
 Do not block or cover the openings in the printer case or insert objects through the slots.
 Use only the type of power source indicated on the label.
 Connect all equipment to properly grounded power outlets. Avoid using outlets on the same circuit as photocopiers or air control systems that regularly switch on and off. Do not use outlets controlled by wall switches or timers.
 Place the printer near a wall outlet where the plugs can be easily unplugged.
Placez l’imprimante près d’une prise de contacte où la fiche peut être débranchée facilement.
 Do not let the power cords become damaged or frayed.
 If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the total ampere rating of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure the total ampere rating of all devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere rating.
 Turn off and unplug the printer before cleaning. Clean with a damp cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the printer.
 Except as specifically explained in the documentation, do not attempt to service the printer yourself. Opening or removing those covers that are marked “Do Not Remove” may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing in those compartments to service personnel.
Caution: Always turn the printer off using the
P power button. When you press this button,
POWER OFF appears on the LCD panel. Do not unplug the printer or turn off the power to the printer until the panel shuts off. This ensures that the print head is safely capped.sp4000Guide.book Page 14 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM15
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 Power down the printer from the control panel, unplug the printer, and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: If the power cord or plug is damaged; if liquid has entered the printer; if the equipment has been dropped or the case damaged; if the printer does not operate normally or exhibits a distinct change in performance.
Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions.
Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions
 Do not put your hand inside the printer or touch the cartridges during printing.
 To avoid damaging the printer, do not move the print head by hand.
 Under normal circumstances, ink will not come out of the cartridge. If it does get on your skin, wash it off with soap and water. If it gets in your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
 Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the ink.
 Do not store ink cartridges at high or freezing temperatures. Keep cartridges away from direct sunlight. Store cartridges in a cool, dark location.
 Do not dismantle the ink cartridges or try to refill them. This could result in damage to the print head.
 Do not touch the ink supply port or surrounding area, or the green IC chip on the side of the cartridge. This may affect normal operation and printing.sp4000Guide.book Page 15 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM16
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The EPSON Stylus Pro 4000 prints on a variety of media, including roll paper and cut sheets up to 17 inches wide. You can also use heavy stock, such as posterboard up to 59 mil (1.5 mm) thick, via the straight-through paper path.
This chapter includes the following information: Selecting media for your printer
 Printing on EPSON media
 Using cut sheet paper
 Using roll paper
 Loading paper manually
 Optimizing the settings for your paper
Selecting Media for Your Printer
You can print on most types of coated, glossy, plain paper, and other media.
An optional high-tension spindle is also available for printing on certain roll media such as EPSON UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper and Textured Fine Art
Paper. The spindle applies tension to keep the paper tightly wound.
The following table shows the paper sizes you can use:Always test samples of paper stock in the printer before purchasing large quantities or printing large jobs. When you use non-EPSON paper or other media, you may need to adjust various settings and create special paper configurations. See page 41 for instructions.
Supported paper sizes
Roll paper Cut sheets
Size 8 to 17 in. wide
(203 to 432 mm)
8 × 10 in. up to 17 × 22 in.
Maximum external roll diameter
2 in. core: 4 in. (103 mm)
3 in. core: 6 in. (150 mm)

Thickness 3.15 to 19.7 mil (0.8 to 0.5 mm) 3.15 to 59 mil (0.8 to 1.5 mm)
Chapter 1: Handling
Paper and
Other Media
Note: You can purchase additional roll paper spindles and other accessories or options from the EPSON Pro
Graphics web site
(http://prographics.epson.com) or your authorized
EPSON dealer.sp4000Guide.book Page 17 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-18
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Guidelines for Using EPSON Media
Follow these guidelines, as well as those included in your paper package, when printing on EPSON paper and other media: Avoid touching the printable surface with your bare hands. Fingerprints may affect print quality. Handle media by the edges or use cotton gloves.
 Always choose the correct Media Type setting in your printer driver software before you send your job. See page 48 (Mac OS X), page 63
(Mac OS 9), or page 76 (Windows) for instructions.
 Always select the correct paper source (roll or sheet) in both the printer driver software and on the printer’s control panel. See page 45
(Mac OS X), page 58 (Mac OS 9), or page 78 (Windows) for instructions on selecting the paper source in your printer software.
 Keep unused media in its original packaging and store it in a cool, dry place to maintain quality. Avoid storing your printouts where they will be exposed to high temperature, humidity, or direct sunlight.
Using Cut Sheet Paper
You can print on many types of cut sheet paper and other media.
The EPSON Stylus Pro 4000 accepts sheets ranging from 8 × 10 inches to
17× 22 inches.
Follow these additional guidelines for cut sheet paper: You can leave your roll paper on the spindle when you print on cut sheets; make sure it is removed from the paper path and rolled up.
 Store sheet media on a flat surface in its original package.
 If you need to add paper to the tray, first remove all the paper and then add to the stack that you removed.
 Use the 250 Media Type setting for 17" × 22" sheets.
 If you’re using fine art paper or other thick media, you need to load it manually, as described on page 27. sp4000Guide.book Page 18 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-19
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EPSON papers, which are specially designed for the inks used in the printer, ensure high-quality results. The following table lists the product codes for the EPSON cut sheet media available for your printer.
* Choose the Watercolor Paper - Radiant White Media Type setting.
EPSON cut sheet media
Paper type Weight Thickness Size Code
Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper 28 lb 4.9 mil 8.5" × 11" S041062
8.3" × 11.7" S041061
11" × 17" S041070
13" × 19" S041069
16.5" × 23.4" S041079
17" × 22" S041171
Premium Glossy Photo
Paper (Load in top manual slot only.)
10.4 mil 8.5" × 11" S041286
11" × 17" S041290
11.7" × 16.5" S041288
13" × 19" S041289
Premium Luster Photo
Paper
240 gsm 10 mil 8.5" × 11" S041405
11.7" × 16.5" S041406
13" × 19" S041407
Premium Semigloss Photo
Paper
10.4 mil 8.5" × 11" S041331
13" × 19" S041327
Enhanced Matte Paper 192 gsm 10 mil 8.5" × 11" S041341
11.7" × 16.5" S041343
13" × 19" S041339
Proofing Paper Commercial
Semimatte
155 gsm 6.5 mil 13" × 19" S041744
Watercolor Paper -
Radiant White
190 gsm 11.5 mil 13" × 19" S041351
Velvet Fine Art Paper (Load in top manual slot only.)
260 gsm 19 mil 8.5" × 11" S041636
13" × 19" S041637
UltraSmooth Fine Art
Paper* (Load in front manual slot only.)
325 gsm 21 mil 13" × 19" SP91209
17" × 22" SP91210
Note: Check the EPSON
Pro Graphics web site
(http://prographics.epson.com) or your authorized
EPSON dealer for other media that may be available. sp4000Guide.book Page 19 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-20
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Cut Sheet Paper Paths
In addition to the paper tray, two paper paths are available for manual feeding of special media. Make sure you use the correct paper path for
EPSON media, as listed below:Paper tray
 Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
 Premium Luster Photo Paper
 Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
 Proofing Paper Semimatte
 Enhanced Matte Paper
 Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
 Plain Paper
Top manual feed slot
 Premium Glossy Photo Paper
 Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
 Premium Luster Photo Paper
 Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
 Proofing Paper Semimatte
 Enhanced Matte Paper
 Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
 Velevet Fine Art Paper
 Plain Paper
Front manual feed slot
 Smooth Fine Art Paper
 Textured Fine Art Paper
 Enhanced Poster Boardsp4000Guide.book Page 20 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-21
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Loading Paper in the Paper Tray
You can load up to 250 sheets of plain paper in the tray. The following table lists the paper tray capacity for various types and sizes of EPSON paper:EPSON cut sheet paper capacity
Paper type Size
Loading capacity
Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper 8.5" × 11" 200
11" × 17"
13" × 19"
100
17" × 22" 50
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper 8.5" × 11" 100
13" × 19" 50
Premium Luster Photo Paper 8.5" × 11" 100
11.7" × 16.5"
13" × 19"
50
Enhanced Matte Paper 8.5" × 11" 100
11.7" × 16.5"
13" × 19"
50
Proofing Paper Commercial Semimatte 13" × 19" 50
Watercolor Paper - Radiant White 13" × 19" 20sp4000Guide.book Page 21 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-22
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Follow these steps to load cut sheets in the paper tray:1. Make sure the printer is turned on, then press the Paper Source button until the sheet icon appears on the LCD display.
2. Extend the paper tray and paper tray cover.
3. Lift up the paper tray cover.sp4000Guide.book Page 22 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-23
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4. Flip up the paper guide roller and slide the edge guide all the way to the left.
5. Clean the inside of the paper tray to remove any dust. Dust may affect printout quality.
6. Thumb through a stack of paper, then gently tap it on a flat surface to even the edges.sp4000Guide.book Page 23 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-24
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7. Load the sheets with the printable side down, in the portrait orientation
(short edge first). Place the paper all the way back in the paper tray and next to the right edge.
Make sure the stack of paper fits under the arrow on the left edge guide.
8. Adjust the edge guide and length of the paper tray.
Note: When you need to add sheets, first remove all the paper and then add to the stack that you removed.sp4000Guide.book Page 24 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-25
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If you’re printing on letter size paper, raise the paper guide and push it against the end of the paper stack.
9. Flip the paper guide roller down onto the stack of paper. sp4000Guide.book Page 25 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-26
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10. Replace the paper tray cover and adjust its length.
11. Extend the paper tray cover if necessary to support your printouts.
Note: Make sure the roll paper support on the paper tray cover is not raised.sp4000Guide.book Page 26 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-27
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Using the Front Manual Feed Slot
If you want to print on fine art paper, posterboard, or other media
19 to 59 mil (0.5 to 1.5 mm) thick, you need to use the manual feed slot.
This provides a straight-through paper path. Be sure to allow enough room behind the printer so the paper is not bent when it feeds into printing position.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on, then press the Paper Source button until the sheet icon appears on the LCD display.
2. Release the paper lever.
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4. Insert the sheet face-up.
5. Push the sheet under the gray feed rollers.
6. Align the edge of the paper with the OTHER mark on the paper tray cover. For longer sheets, make sure you align the right edge of the sheet with the vertical mark on the tray cover, next to the arrow.
Then close the top cover.
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7. Return the paper lever to the secured position. The printer automatically feeds the paper into printing position.
8. Extend the paper tray and cover if necessary to support the sheet as it comes out of the printer. Make sure the roll paper support is not raised.sp4000Guide.book Page 29 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-30
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Using the Top Manual Feed Slot
You must use the top manual feed slot for EPSON Premium Glossy Photo
Paper and Velvet Fine Art Paper. You can also use this feed slot for other types of paper, as listed on page 20.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on, then press the Paper Source button until the sheet icon appears on the LCD display.
2. Align the sheet with the right edge of the slot and insert it until it meets resistance.
The printer automatically feeds the sheet into printing position.
3. Extend the paper tray and cover if necessary to support the sheet as it comes out of the printer. Make sure the roll paper support is not raised.sp4000Guide.book Page 30 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-31
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Using Roll Paper
You can use any roll paper with a 2- or 3-inch core, up to 17 inches wide.
Manually switching from one paper roll to another is a simple process.
Following is a list of the product codes for EPSON roll media available for the printer. Unless otherwise noted, these media have a 3-inch core and require the optional high-tension spindle.
* Choose the Watercolor Paper - Radiant White Media Type setting.
EPSON roll media
Paper type Weight Thickness Size Code
Premium Glossy Photo
Paper (250)
(3" core, regular spindle)
260 gsm 10 mil 8.3" × 32' S041376
13" × 32' S041378
16" × 100' S041742
Premium Luster Photo
Paper (250)
240 gsm 10 mil 8.3" × 32' S041408
10" × 100' S041644
16" × 100' S041737
Premium Semimatte
Photo Paper (250)
235 gsm 10 mil 16" × 100' S041738
SingleWeight Matte Paper
(2" core, regular spindle)
120 gsm 5.5 mil 17" × 132' S041746
Enhanced Matte Paper 192 gsm 10.3 mil 17" × 100' S041725
EPSON Proofing Paper
Commercial Semimatte,
(2" core, regular spindle)
155 gsm 6.5 mil 13" × 50' S041668
17" × 100' S041724
UltraSmooth Fine Art
Paper (250 gsm) *
250 gsm 15 mil
(Do not use cutter.)
17" × 7' S041782-S
17" × 50' SP91205
Textured Fine Art Paper 225 gsm 15 mil
(Do not use cutter.)
17" × 50' S041745
PremierArt

Water
Resistant Canvas for
Epson, (2" core, regular spindle)*
350 gsm 19 mil
(Do not use cutter.)
13" × 20' SP91220
17" × 10' SP91221-S
17" × 40' SP91221
Note: Check the EPSON
Pro Graphics web site
(http://prographics.epson.com) or your authorized
EPSON dealer for other media that may be available. sp4000Guide.book Page 31 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-32
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Roll Paper Guidelines
When printing on roll paper, be sure to follow the media handling guidelines on page 18, as well as these special guidelines for roll paper: When storing roll paper, keep it in its original packaging—including the bag, end caps, and box.
 To avoid feeding excess paper, make sure the Sheet icon does not appear on the LCD display. Press the Paper Source button until the
or roll icon appears on the LCD display.
 Choose if you want the paper to be cut automatically after each page is printed.
 Choose if you’re printing on canvas or other heavy media. Media that is too thick will damage the cutter. Use of a rotary paper cutter/trimmer is recommended.
Also choose this setting if you want to print a series of pages and keep them together for cutting later on. The following media (and other similar materials) do not work with the built-in cutter: Fine art paper (including EPSON Textured and UltraSmooth Fine
Art Paper)
 PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas for Epson
 Vinyl
 Matte board
 Backlight film
 Heavyweight polyester banner media
 DuPont

Semigloss Proofing Paper
 If you’re loading heavy paper, you may need to increase the suction strength by pressing the paper feed button. This helps hold the paper in place during loading and printing.
For lightweight paper, decrease the suction by pressing the button.
Release the paper lever to view the suction setting.sp4000Guide.book Page 32 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-33
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Loading the Paper onto the Spindle
Follow these steps to attach the roll to the spindle:1. Slide the black paper stop (flange) off the left end of the spindle.
2. Position the roll so the paper unwinds as shown, then slide it onto the spindle:3. Slide the movable paper stop back onto the spindle and insert it into the end of the roll. Make sure it is firmly fixed into the left end of the paper roll.
Placing the Paper in the Printer
Follow these steps to place the paper in the printer:1. Open the roll paper cover.
Note: The spindle accommodates both
2-inch and 3-inch roll paper cores. To switch between different size cores, see page 37.
Note: Avoid touching the printable surface of the paper as much as possible. Oils from your skin can affect print quality.sp4000Guide.book Page 33 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-34
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2. Place the roll paper in the printer as shown. (The gray end of the spindle goes on the right.)
3. Make sure the printer is turned on, then press the Paper Source button until the or icon appears on the LCD display.
4. Release the paper lever.
Note: To avoid feeding excess paper, make sure you don’t select when you’re using roll paper. sp4000Guide.book Page 34 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-35
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5. Hold both sides of the paper and feed into the slot.
6. Feed the paper all the way through the printer until it is aligned with the
OTHER mark on the paper tray cover.sp4000Guide.book Page 35 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-36
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7. Move the paper lever to the secured position. The printer automatically positions the paper for printing.
8. Raise the roll paper support. Make sure the paper is on top of the guides.
9. Close the roll paper cover.
To avoid indenting or creasing the paper, remove it from the paper path and roll it up when you are not printing.
Note: The maximum length of roll paper you can print on is limited by the printer driver, and may also be limited by your application software and/or operating system.sp4000Guide.book Page 36 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-37
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Removing Paper from the Spindle
If you need to remove the paper roll from the spindle, follow these steps: 1. Open the roll paper cover.
2. If the paper is loaded for printing, push the paper lever back to the released position, then roll up the paper before removing it.
3. Remove the roll paper and spindle from the printer.
4. Set the spindle upright, with the gray end on the floor and the black end at the top.
5. Slide the black paper stop off the top of the spindle.
6. Remove the roll paper from the spindle.
Switching Between 2-Inch and 3-Inch Roll Paper
You can convert the spindle to accept roll paper with either a 2-inch or
3-inch core by using the spindle adapters. Follow these steps to attach the adapters for using 3-inch roll paper:1. Remove the black paper stop from the end of the spindle.
2. Align the arrow marks as shown below and press one of the adapters on to the gray paper stop until it locks in place. Press the other adapter onto the black paper stop.sp4000Guide.book Page 37 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-38
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3. To remove the adapters, press on the four tabs.
Cutting Paper Manually with the Built-in Cutter
When you’re not using the auto cut setting, you need to cut the paper manually by pressing the button after your print job is finished. You can use the button for most types of paper. However, if you’re printing on fine art paper, canvas, or other heavy media, you should use a rotary paper cutter/trimmer or scissors rather than the built-in cutter. See page 32 for a list of media that cannot be used with the built-in cutter.
Follow these steps to cut manually with the built-in cutter:1. Before you print, press the Paper Source button until you see the icon.
2. Run your print job.
3. If the paper is not positioned correctly, press the or button to match the cutting position on the paper with the cutting position on the left side of the print head.
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4. Press the button until you see the auto cut icon on the LCD.
5. Press and hold the button for 3 seconds. The paper is cut.
Printing Trim Lines
You can print trim lines on the right edge of your pages (if you’re using auto cut) or on the right and bottom edge (if you’re not using auto cut). Follow these steps: 1. Press the Menu button. Printer Setup appears on the display.
2. Press the Menu button again to select the Printer Setup menu and display PLATEN GAP.
3. Press the button to display PAGE LINE.
4. Press the Menu button. OFF is displayed as the current setting.
5. Press the button so that ON appears.
6. Press the Menu button to save the setting. An asterisk appears next to ON.
7. Press the Pause button to exit the menu.
You can also specify trim lines from your printer driver software. For instructions, see page 53 (Mac OS X), page 61 (Mac OS 9), or page 82
(Windows).
Adjusting the Platen Gap for Thick or Thin Paper
When you print on unusually thick or thin paper, you may need to adjust the platen gap setting. Normally, the STANDARD setting allows the printer to adjust automatically. However, if print quality is not satisfactory when using very thin or very thick stock, you may need to change this setting.
Follow these steps:1. Press the Menu button. Printer Setup appears on the display.
2. Press the Menu button again to select the Printer Setup menu and display PLATEN GAP. sp4000Guide.book Page 39 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-40
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3. Press the Menu button. STANDARD is displayed as the current setting.
4. Use the and buttons to change the setting. (STANDARD is the default setting; you can also choose NARROW, WIDE, or WIDER.)
5. Press the Menu button to save the setting. An asterisk appears next to the selected setting.
6. Press the Pause button to exit the menu.
If you’ve selected a non-standard platen gap, the letter N or W appears in the corner of the display to remind you of the narrow or wide setting. When you switch media, don’t forget to change the setting back to STANDARD.
If you’re printing on non-EPSON media, you may also need to create a paper configuration to optimize your results. See the following section for more information.
Optimizing the Settings for Your Paper
When you choose a media type in your EPSON printer software, the driver automatically determines the best settings for your paper. However, you may want to fine-tune how the printer handles various media—especially if you use non-EPSON paper or a paper not supported by the driver. Use the paper configuration settings described below. If you’re printing on unusually thick or thin paper, you may also need to adjust the platen gap; if so, you should do that first (see page 39).
You can create a special configuration, or group of settings, for each paper type (up to ten types) and select the desired configuration whenever you print on a particular stock.
Caution: To avoid damaging the printer, make sure you do not select the Narrow setting when you print on heavy media.
Note: It’s a good idea to keep a list describing your paper configurations.sp4000Guide.book Page 40 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM1-41
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Creating Paper Configurations
To create a configuration for a specific paper type, make sure the paper you want to configure is loaded in the printer. Then follow these steps:1. Press the Menu button, then press the button until CUSTOM
PAPER appears on the display.
2. Press the Menu button to display PAPER NUMBER.
3. Press the Menu button, then press the button to select a paper configuration number (1 to 10). Press the Menu button again to save the number setting.
4. Press the button, then the button to display PLATEN GAP. Press the button to select NARROW, STANDARD, WIDER, or WIDE. The
STANDARD setting is recommended for most paper types.
5. Press the button, then the button to display THICKNESS PAT.
6. Press the Menu button twice to print the paper thickness pattern.
The printer prints a pattern similar to the following:7. Examine the printed pattern for the most evenly overlapping lines. In the example shown above, the lines under number 4 are the most even.
8. After printing the pattern, THICKNESS NUM is displayed. Press the button to select the number noted in step 7.
9. Press the Menu button to save the selected value. Press the button, then the button for the menu options shown below. Make any adjustments, as needed, and press the Menu button to save each setting.
You can also make similar settings using the printer driver software. For instructions, see page 50 (Mac OS X), page 67 (Mac OS 9), or page 86
(Windows).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
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 CUT METHOD lets you decrease the cutting blade pressure for thinner media, or adjust the speed for thick media. You may need to experiment to determine the cleanest cut for your paper.
 PPR FEED ADJUSTMENT helps eliminate banding. Choose a lower value if you see white lines on your prints, or a higher value if you see dark lines.
 EJECT ROLLER TYPE lets you define the eject roller for printing with non-EPSON media. You may need to experiment to determine the best setting for your paper.
 DRYING TIME lets you print with non-EPSON media and avoid smearing the ink. You can make the print head wait up to 10 seconds after each pass to allow ink to dry on the page.
S U C T I O N lets you decrease the paper suction level when printing on thin media (under 12 lb), such as drafting paper or backlight film.
 M/W ADJ adjusts the intensity of the MicroWeave

pattern. This improves print quality, but lowers printing speed.
10. When done, press the Pause button.
Selecting Paper Configurations
Once you have created a paper configuration, you can select it whenever you print on that paper: 1. Press the Menu button, then press the button to display
CUSTOM PAPER. Press the Menu button again.
2. Press the button to display PAPER NUMBER, then press the
Menu button.
3. Press the button to select the configuration number that you want to use. If you select STANDARD, the printer uses the driver settings. If you select a number from 1 to 10, the control panel settings override the driver settings.
4. Press the Menu button. The configuration number you selected is displayed on the LCD.
5. Press the Pause button to exit the menu.sp4000Guide.book Page 42 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM43
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Your EPSON Stylus Pro 4000 comes with drivers and utilities that let you print and manage print jobs in non-PostScript

mode. ICC profiles for
ColorSync

are included, so you can use color management features in
Photoshop or other applications, or in the driver itself.
A color-managed workflow using Adobe Photoshop will give you the most accurate colors and best photographic output from your EPSON Stylus Pro
4000. You need to make sure your Photoshop color settings are optimized for your printer, as described on the Mastering Your Printer CD-ROM.
You can create your own profiles if you have the required hardware and software, or you can have them created by a color specialist. Make sure any profiles you want to use are located in the standard folder for your operating system. When you install the EPSON printer driver, the ready-made profiles are automatically copied to the right folder.
This chapter includes the following information for both Macintosh OS X and OS 9.x: Choosing page setup settings for cut sheets and roll paper
 Choosing basic print settings
 Choosing advanced print options, including color manangement and paper configuration settings
 Monitoring print jobs
 Checking printer status
 Sharing your printer on a network
Chapter 2: Printing with
EPSON Drivers for Macintosh
Tip: Check the EPSON
Pro Graphics website at http://prographics.epson.com for updated drivers and utilities that may become available.sp4000Guide.book Page 43 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM2-44
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Printing in Macintosh OS X
Before you print, make sure you have installed the EPSON printer driver and utilities from the CD-ROM. You also need to configure your connection and select the various media input types that you want to use.
For instructions on installing and configuring the printer driver, see the Start
Here sheet.
Choosing Page Setup Options
Page Setup options let you choose from several print queues for printing on cut sheets or roll paper. You can also select the orientation of your image and the paper size. For printing on roll media, creating a custom page size is recommended to make the best use of your paper.
1. Open the file you want to print and select Page Setup in your application. You see this screen:2. Open the Format for pull-down menu and select the correct print queue.
The available settings depend on which print queues you selected in the
Print Center (or Printer Setup Utility), including both standard and borderless printing.
Note the following limitations on borderless printing: Borderless printing takes longer than normal printing.
 Margins are required at the top and bottom of the page on cut sheets. Full borderless printing is available on roll paper only.
Note: Many application settings override the printer’s page setup options. Always verify settings to get the results you expect.
If you need more information about print options, click the Help button.
Select the correct media/driver print queue
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3. Choose one of the following print queues: Stylus Pro 4000 (the standard setting) prints on cut sheet paper with a bottom margin larger than the top and sides.
 Borderless (Auto Expand) prints on cut sheets and enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the width of the paper (without side borders).
 Borderless (Retain Size) prints your image at the size you specify in your application. You need to size it slightly wider than the paper width to print without side borders.
M a x i m u m reduces the bottom margin (available for printing on plain paper sheets only).
 Roll Paper - Banner prints a series of continuous images without any margin space between them, but with normal side borders.
 Roll Paper - Borderless (Auto Expand) prints without borders on roll paper and enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the size of the paper. This selection is recommended for borderless printing with minimal clipping of your image. See page 46 for more information about borderless printing.
 Roll Paper - Borderless (Retain Size) prints your image on roll paper at the size you specify in your application. You need to size it slightly wider than the paper width to print without borders. See page 46 for more information about borderless printing.
 Roll Paper - Borderless Banner prints a series of continuous borderless images without space between them.
 Roll Paper prints on roll paper with the standard printable area.
4. Click the Paper Size pull-down menu.
 If you’re printing on cut-sheets, select the size of the paper loaded in the printer. Then continue with step 7.
 If you’re using roll paper, EPSON recommends that you create a custom paper size to make the best use of your paper. Click the
Settings pull-down menu (at the top of the screen) and select
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You see this screen:5. Click New, double-click Untitled, give your paper size a name, and define its size and margins. Then click Save. (Do not click OK yet.)
6. Select Page Attributes from the Settings pull-down menu. Make sure your new custom page size is showing.
7. Choose the appropriate Orientation and Scale for printing.
8. Click OK. Then continue with the instructions in the next section to select additional settings for printing.
Borderless Printing
For true borderless printing on roll paper, you need to select either Roll
Paper - Borderless (Auto Expand) or Roll Paper - Borderless (Retain
Size) and create a custom paper size. Your image may be clipped on the left and right edges, but you can minimize clipping by sizing your image according to the page width.
The Auto Expand setting provides the best solution for borderless printing with minimal image clipping. Using this setting, you can create a custom paper width equal to the width of the roll media. If you use the Retain Size setting, you should create a custom paper width slightly wider that the actual width of the media.
Click New to define your custom paper size
Tip: To ensure that the image is centered on the page, make the top and bottom margins the same.sp4000Guide.book Page 46 Friday, October 22, 2004 5:06 PM2-47
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The following table shows recommended image widths (in inches) for borderless printing using either the Auto Expand or Retain Size setting: * Non-EPSON roll media widths
Choosing Basic Print Options
Once you have selected your page setup options, you need to select printing options. The EPSON driver offers automatic settings that optimize print quality and speed when you’re using EPSON media. You can also choose advanced settings for more control over your printer and color management options, as described on page 50.
1. Select Print in your application. You see the screen shown below:Recommended image widths (in inches) for borderless printing
Roll paper width
Image width
(with Auto Expand)
Image width
(with Retain Size)
Custom Paper Size
(for Retain Size only)
8* 7.7675 8.3 8.2
8.3 8.06 8.35 8.3
10 9.7075 10.3 10.2
12* 11.695 12.3 12.2
14* 13.695 14.3 14.2
16 15.6 16.3 16.2
17 16.6 17.3 17.2
Caution: Always select the same setting for the
Printer option in the Print window and the Format for option in the Page
Setup window. If the settings are different, you may get unexpected results.
Select the same option on the
Print and Page
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2. Open the Printer pull-down menu and select the same print queue for your printer that you chose in the Page Setup window.
3. Select Print Settings from the pull-down menu.
You see this screen:4. Select the Media Type that corresponds to the paper you are printing on. If you are using a color-managed workflow, make sure you choose media type and resolution settings that match the ICC profile you are using.
The settings followed by (250) are for roll paper or selected 17-inch wide sheets. Choose a setting without the (250) designation when you print on smaller sheets. For EPSON UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper or
PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas for Epson, choose the Watercolor
Paper - Radiant White setting.
If your paper is not listed, check the instructions included with the paper, or look on the EPSON web site (http://prographics.epson.com).
If you are using non-EPSON paper, choose the closest setting. You may have to experiment with different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.
Select the Print
Settings page
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5. For the Ink setting, select Color/B&W Photo for any type of photographic printing. Select Black only if you’re printing line drawings or other non-photographic images.
6. Set the Mode option as follows: Click Automatic to have the printer driver analyze the contents of your image or file and make the appropriate printing adjustments. If a Quality/Speed slider appears in the Mode box, set it according to the priorities of your print job.
 Click Custom and then choose one of the settings shown at the left.
The two Advanced Photo settings let you print at either 1440 dpi
(Advanced Photo) or 2880 dpi, the highest resolutions available.
The Text/Graph setting intensifies colors and lightens the midtones and highlights for non-photographic output.
The ColorSync setting applies color management based on the printer’s ICC profile, using the perceptual rendering intent. In most cases, you will get better results by applying color management in your application, rather than in the printer driver.
 Click Advanced Settings to access additional options, as described below.
7. Choose one of the following Print Quality settings:D r a f t to save ink
 Normal - 360dpi for faster printing and everyday needs
 Fine - 720dpi for photo lab quality photos and prints
 SuperFine - 1440dpi for better than photo lab quality
 SuperPhoto - 2880dpi for the highest quality photos and prints; provides an astonishing level of photographic quality
8. Choose any of the following: High Speed for fast, bidirectional printing. For higher quality, make sure you deselect this option.
F i n e s t D e t a i l for sharper edges on text, graphics, and line art.
 Flip Horizontal for printing a mirror image of your file. Use with backlight film.
Note: The Print Quality settings available depend on the Media Type you selected. Choose lower print quality for faster printing, or SuperPhoto -
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Continue with the instructions in the next section to select color management settings. If you are using the color management settings in
Photoshop or another application, it is very important to turn off color management in the printer driver, as described on page 51.
Choosing Color Management and Paper Configuration
Options
Follow these instructions to turn off color management in the printer driver. If necessary, you can control the ink density by using the paper configuration settings, as described on page 51.
1. Select Printer Color Management from the pull-down menu. You see this screen:2. Select one of the following settings: Color Controls to specify individual values for brightness, contrast, saturation, and CMY inks, or choose from two Color Adjustment modes. You can also choose from three Gamma settings.
 Color Sync for mapping colors to your printer’s profile. In most cases, you will get better results by applying color management in your application, rather than in the printer driver.
Turn off color management
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 No Color Adjustment to disable color management in the printer driver. Choose this mode when you use a color-managed workflow in Photoshop or other software applications.
3. If you are using non-EPSON media and you need to fine-tune its performance, select Paper Configuration from the pull-down menu.
You see this screen:4. Select the correct settings to match your ICC profile. These settings override any paper configuration settings you may have made using the printer’s control panel.
 Color Density lets you control the ink saturation level (for example, when you turn off color management in your printer software).
 Drying Time per Print Head Pass lets you print with non-EPSON media and avoid smearing the ink. You can make the print head wait up to 5 seconds after each pass to allow ink to dry on the page.
 Paper Feed Adjustment helps reduce banding. Choose a lower value if you see white lines on your prints, or a higher value if you see dark lines.
Note: You may need to change the Color Density setting if your color profile was created to optimize
D-max and color gamut.
Select the Paper
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 Paper Suction lets you decrease the paper suction level when printing on thinner papers (less than 12 lb), such as CAD drafting paper or backlight film.
 Paper Thickness helps reduce vertical banding and creates a sharper image when printing on unusually thick or thin paper.
 Cut Method decreases the cutting blade pressure for thinner media, or adjusts the speed for thick media. You may need to experiment to determine the best setting for your paper.
 Platen Gap lets you fine-tune the setting for various paper thicknesses.
 Eject Roller Type lets you define the eject roller for printing on non-EPSON media. You may need to experiment to determine the best setting for your paper.
Choosing Roll Paper Options
If you are printing on roll paper, make sure you choose one of the roll paper print queues, as described on page 44. In addition, you need to check these settings for various cutting options.
1. Select Roll Paper Option from

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