Tutorial – Printing from Adobe Photoshop to the Advanced Inkjet Printer

Printing from Photoshop CC to Epson Inkjet Printers

The Advanced Inkjet Printer is available for students who wish to print on their own media. Media specifications must be set on both the printer and in the print dialog in Photoshop. This printer will deliver the best print quality on inkjet media. Printing on all other media must be approved by an Art & Design Facilities staff member in room 240, Art & Design Building. There is no charge for this printer. The document is sent directly from the computer, it does not need to be released through PaperCut.

change black ink button
Fig 1 - change black ink button

Before You Print

Determine Media and Ink Type

The Advanced Inkjet printer has different black ink types and must be set to use the ink type that matches your media.

MATTE INK (matte media) Paper Types

  • Watercolor
  • Cold Press
  • Velvet Fine Art
  • Exhibition Canvas
  • Cardstock

PHOTO INK (glossy media) Paper Types

  • Luster
  • Gloss
  • Pearl

To change the ink type, press the Black Ink Change Button on the printer and switch the ink to the desired type. This process takes several minutes.

change black ink button
Fig 1 - change black ink button
Clean Nozzle Check with no broken lines
Fig 2 - Clean Nozzle Check

Run a Nozzle Check

A nozzle check is recommended before printing to the Advanced Inkjet printers. To run a nozzle check: Load a sheet of scrap paper (see Load Paper section) Press the Menu button. Navigate to Test Print, press the right arrow, and then press OK. After the nozzle check prints, press the down arrow button to release the paper. A clear nozzle check should have no broken lines in any ink channels. If the nozzle check is not clear, ask the Lab Assistant for help running a cleaning.

Clean Nozzle Check with no broken lines
Fig 2 - Clean Nozzle Check
Navigating to the Go tab and clicking on the Library option
Fig 3 - Navigating to the Library

Install an ICC Profile

For many types of inkjet media the manufacturer will provide an ICC profile–data which tells the computer how to provide the most accurate color for that specific media. Using the specific ICC profile created for your media and printer will provide you with the most accurate color and best print. Download the appropriate profile for your paper for an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer from the manufacturer’s website. The website address is usually on the packaging. Save the profile on the desktop. Navigate to the Finder, and click on the Go tab in the top menu bar and hold down the Option key to show the Library. In the Library go ColorSync>Profiles. Drop the ICC profile in the Profiles folder. Your specific ICC profile will now be available in the Printer Profile dropdown in Photoshop when you go to print.

Navigating to the Go tab and clicking on the Library option
Fig 3 - Navigating to the Library
diagram of the printer showing where sheet paper should be loaded
Fig 4 - sheet paper loading area

Loading Paper

The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 accepts sheet and roll paper.

Sheet Paper

The minimum paper size that the printer will accept is 8”x10”.

Load your paper in portrait orientation (short edge first).

1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the roll paper cover is closed.

2. Press the Paper Source button (Left Arrow) until the Sheet icon appears on the LCD display.

3. Feed the sheet into the paper slot until it meets resistance. Make sure the right edge of the paper is straight and aligned with the vertical line on the roll paper cover.

4. Press the Down Arrow button. The sheet should feed into printing position automatically.

5. If you see a question on the display about paper settings, select Yes if the settings are correct, or No if you want to change the settings.

6. Print your page. After it is finished, the sheet will stay in the printer.

7. To release the print, press the Down Arrow button.

Roll Paper

2 or 3 inch core rolls can be loaded onto the printer. Ask the Lab Assistant for help with loading roll paper.

diagram of the printer showing where sheet paper should be loaded
Fig 4 - sheet paper loading area
menu selecting paper size
Fig 5 - Selecting Paper Size

Printing

1. Navigate to File>Print.

2. Click Print Settings…

3. Open the Paper Size dropdown menu and select your paper size*.

*If you are trying to center a print on sheet paper (for example, if you are trying to align a print on the front and on the back of a sheet) when selecting your page size, select the “Paper Size (Sheet – Centering)” option. Leave the “center” option checked in the Photoshop print dialog box, and make your document the same size as your paper.

*This printer cannot print full bleed to the edge of the paper. If your image is the same size as your paper, you will notice a 1/8” crop on the top, left, and right sides of the paper and 1/2” on the bottom.

menu selecting paper size
Fig 5 - Selecting Paper Size
Entering a custom page size
Fig 6 - Entering a Custom Page Size

Papercut

If you are printing from a roll select Manage Custom Sizes, and set the paper size to the dimensions of your document (height of print must longer than 5 inches).

If you are printing to sheet paper you can either set the dimensions in Manage Custom Sizes, or use a provided paper size. If you are using a provided paper size for sheet paper, make sure to choose the paper size (sheet) option (i.e. US Letter (Sheet)).

Entering a custom page size
Fig 6 - Entering a Custom Page Size
Printer Settings Menu Options
Fig 7 - Printer Settings Menu Options

Printer settings

4. In the dropdown underneath the Paper Size dropdown, select Printer Settings.

For Page Setup, select Sheet or Roll depending on your paper type.

Select the Media Type which best describes your media. Inkjet media will state which setting should be used in the ICC profile documentation. If your paper does not have an ICC profile use the setting that most closely describes your media.

Click Save.

Printer Settings Menu Options
Fig 7 - Printer Settings Menu Options
Photoshop Print Menu
Fig 8 - Photoshop Print Menu

Photoshop Print Settings

Now that you are back in the Print Menu, your preview on the left should look like what you expect the print to look like on your page. Do not worry if it looks pixelated, that is just the nature of the preview.

5. Under the Color Management heading…

Set Color Handling to Photoshop Manages Colors.

Set Rendering Intent to Perceptual.

Select your ICC profile, or a matching Epson ICC profile, from the Printer Profile dropdown.

Note: If your paper does not have a specific ICC profile, either set the Printer Profile the color space you created the document in, or to one of the available profiles that you think has similar attributes to the paper you are using. It is advisable that you print several test strips using your different profile options to see which one most accurately depicts your document.

6. Click Print!

Remember, for sheet paper you will need to release the print, by pressing the Down Arrow button when it is complete.

Photoshop Print Menu
Fig 8 - Photoshop Print Menu
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