Does the type of paper I use really make a difference?
The DuraBrite ink in this printer works great on inexpensive uncoated paper for your everyday printing needs.
For high quality printouts and for long lasting images such as photos, it is important to use paper which has been designed to be most compatible to the new DuraBrite pigmented ink formula.
DuraBrite color ink pigments are encapsulated in a resin polymer which gives them their long lasting and water resistant properties. The resin used in the color ink is designed to bond to the resin coating on the glossy papers. The black ink is not encapsulated and therefore composite black is used when Glossy paper is selected.
When using glossy media, some parts of your print may not appear as glossy as others. Because of the nature of pigment inks, the degree of gloss may be uneven on glossy photo papers. Surface gloss decreases with greater pigment saturation.
EPSON Matte Photo Paper and EPSON Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, have been developed to produce the highest quality output with DuraBrite inks. For optimum image quality and longer print life, up to 70 years, print your photos with EPSON ink and Epson's light-resistant Matte Paper - Heavyweight (S041257).
Other brands of paper, which claim they can be used with all brands of ink jet printers, may not be compatible with the DuraBrite inks, just as some are not compatible with EPSON dye based inks. These papers may give you lower quality color images and will not have the longevity of EPSON's long lasting media. The ink may also not dry properly, because the ink doesn't bind properly to the media, causing smearing and pages sticking together.
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