The quality of my printed output is unacceptable. What should I do?

  • Verify that you are using the correct printer driver and the Media Type setting matches the media you are using. Let the printer driver automatically select the settings for the best quality. Make sure that the printer's paper thickness lever is set to regular paper and not for envelopes or thicker media. If MicroWeave is off, in the advanced settings, turn this feature on. If High Speed is on, turn it off. Also, the Halftoning and Color Adjustment Mode options may be set incorrectly for your document type.
    EPSON brand paper, which is specifically designed for the Stylus C80 DuraBrite ink, delivers the best-printed output for high quality and long lasting prints. Make sure the printable side of the paper is face up. If your output is faint, check the printer driver to make sure you have selected a print resolution other than Economy.
    If you are printing a photo or other image file, the size or pixel resolution of your original image file may be too low. Try reducing the size of your printed image or using a higher resolution original image. A low resolution picture might look great on your display but will not look good when printed.
    Try testing the printer on another computer. This will eliminate the possibility of a defective printer cable, USB or parallel port, or software issue. If you're still experiencing a problem, try replacing the ink cartridge. Make sure you are using a genuine EPSON ink cartridge.
    Caution: If the blue label has been removed from the ink cartridge, do not install the cartridge. If you have already installed it and the printer is printing correctly, change the cartridge immediately. If you have already installed the cartridge and now the nozzle check will not print completely even after running cleaning cycles, your printer may need service and you should call EPSON technical support for further assistance.
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