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09-11-2006, 08:31 PM
My friend has an Epson colour printer (don't know the model - it's a multifunction) and she has just tried to print a large glossy colour photo that she has scanned. On plain paper it looked OK - a bit muddy, but OK for plain paper. On glossy photo paper, it looked "crackly" almost as if it was water on an oily surface, or a medieval painting where the paint had cracked with age.

I didn't have time at the time to look in detail for her, but I said I would post here. My guesses are (I don't know a huge amount about inkjet printing):

She needs special ink for glossy paper OR
She needs the right glossy paper for her printer (she is using HP paper) OR
She needs to set the right printer options when printing OR
It is something completely different :)

All suggestions gratefully received.

09-11-2006, 10:05 PM
I say printer settings and have the right paper for the right printer as its difficult to set say, HP paper onto Epson printer - read photo paper profiles (color management). AFAIK the ink is not an issue, use original Epson ink for Epson printer.

Download the paper color profile for that printer.
You could also get into profilling calibrators but to get an approx its not required.

09-11-2006, 10:14 PM



09-11-2006, 11:30 PM
Definitely wrong paper. I tried HP paper on my Canon - just as you described

10-11-2006, 11:23 AM
You can use HP paper on Epson certainly, you can get the chepaer sources of the v good stuff that is not Epson, sure, but you run into the issue that no paper profile is provided. Some paper companies allow this file to be downloaded, so have a look of HP's site and have a go in printing, you may be able to say try it out than wasting those papers, get the HP paper profile (non attached from printer) and load it into your Epson printer.

You could get that paper calibrated into the printer yourself with hardware, but too much hassle and cost. If it not work ya better sticking with Epson paper to get a decent image.

10-11-2006, 09:47 PM
I hear you, quarry! The black ink wet the paper something 'orrible, crackled appearance, and wouldn't dry!

Lesson - manufacturer's paper and ink always works together.