My printout is blurry or smeared. What should I do?
Try these solutions:
- Make sure your paper is not damp, curled, old, or loaded faceup in the cassette (the printable side should be facedown).
- Use a support sheet with special paper, or load special paper one sheet at a time.
- Make sure your paper meets the specifications for your product.
- Use Epson papers to ensure proper saturation and absorption of genuine Epson inks.
- Make sure the paper type setting matches the type of paper you loaded.
- Remove each sheet from the output tray as it is printed.
- Avoid handling printouts on glossy paper right after printing to allow the ink to set.
- Turn off any high speed settings in your product software.
- If you print on both sides of a sheet of paper, smudges may appear on the reverse side of heavily saturated or dark images. If one side of a sheet will contain a lighter image or text, print that side first. Adjust the Print Density and/or Ink Drying Time settings.
- Run a print head nozzle check to see if any of the nozzles are clogged. Then clean the print head, if necessary.
- Align the print head.
- Clean the paper path.
Print Head Nozzle Check
Print Head Cleaning
Print Head Alignment
Available Epson Papers
Selecting Basic Print Settings - Windows
Selecting Basic Print Settings - Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7
Selecting Basic Print Settings - Mac OS X 10.4
Selecting Printing Preferences - Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7
Selecting Printing Preferences - Mac OS X 10.4
Selecting Additional Layout and Print Options - Windows
Cleaning the Paper Path
Selecting Double-sided Printing Settings - Mac OS X 10.4
Selecting Double-sided Printing Settings - Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7
Selecting Double-sided Printing Settings - Windows
Published: Nov 11, 2011 Was this helpful? Thank you for the feedback!