My printout is blurry or smeared. What should I do?

  • The thickness lever may be incorrectly set. Make sure that the thickness lever is set to 0 for regular paper and + for envelopes or thicker media. Make sure the paper is not damp. Verify that the printable side of the paper is face up, and check the type of paper being used. EPSON brand paper, which is specifically designed for the Stylus ink jet series of printers, delivers the best printed output. If you have loaded special media without a support sheet, you may experience blurry printing (see Chapter 3 of the User's Guide for details on which media require support sheets). For those media which require a support sheet, you can also try loading one sheet at a time. Make sure your paper or media is within the specifications listed in Appendix B of your User's Guide. Make sure the Media Type setting in the printer driver matches the paper or media loaded. Let the printer driver automatically select other settings for the best quality. Make sure multiple sheets are not entering the output tray causing the image to smear. Check to make sure that ink hasn't leaked into the printer. If there is excess ink, carefully clean the inside of the printer as described in Chapter 5 of the User's Guide. Also, you can try aligning the print head (as described in Chapter 5 of your User's Guide) and/or turning high speed off in the printer driver settings.
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