This is the second part of my Espon R2880 Review. You can read the first part here.
Set up is straightforward
Do not rip the plastic off the canvas like I did pictured above. The white plastic holders do come off and it is much easier to remove the plastic and paper coverings when they are off! Place the dark grey roll attachments on the canvass roll and then attach this to the back of the printer. Feed the canvas in until it is grabbed by the printer.
Gorgeous prints but why the waste?
Why it pops out roughly 6 inches of canvas before it starts printing I do not know. It did this all three times I printed. The first two times I thought it was because i changed my page orientation when printing. The third time I left it horizontal, gave the canvas roll three inches of slack and it printed out that blasted 6 inches first before starting to print the actual document.
The Epson does print a fine line after your print to cut along to remove the print. Simply press the roll button on the printer to release canvass and once cut press the same button and it will suck it back in again. A cutter would be a nice addition as it does not release the canvass out past the paper tray. You need to use scissors to cut it and cannot use a ruler with Xacto blade to trim.
I printed Hope pictured above and below first.
Secondly I printed We Flourish
and lastly, Do You Love Me
As I use this printer more I find the best setting for printing my original artwork created via traditional means such as watercolour or with pen is printing using the Colorsync option within the print dialogue box. Using the Adobe Gamma or Epson Gamma produces prints that are too vivid, oversaturated and posterized in appearance. In theory Colorsync prints what you are seeing on screen.
I hope to find a solution to the excess canvass that must be trimmed from prints after printing. If you know why this is happening please let me know. I can’t wait to introduce these prints to the shop!
In the interest of full disclosure, I received this printer and supplies (ink and paper) from Epson to test. If I liked it, I got to keep it and the supplies. I was not asked to write either a positive or negative review; only an honest review using my own words which I believe I did. In the end, I did decide to keep the printer and supplies .
A few weeks ago I got an Epson R2880 printer. Ever since, learning to operate this fascinating piece of equipment has ensued…
After a false start first using *metal saw horses to make a table with, I purchased a folding plastic/metal table from Canadian Tire for $39.95. If you buy this printer you will need a dedicated space just for the printer and print-outs it produces. And as the ink takes 48 hours to cure you will need a place to lay the prints flat on or to hang them dry from.
And it is so pretty just sitting in the box.
Me – It arrived!
Missy the grey cat – MEOW!
McGandy the orange Cat – Meow!
Me – Isn’t it cool! (Trying to hold back tears and jumping up and down while the delivery guy is still there waiting for my signature at the front door)
Missy – Meow. Can I get in the box now?
McGandy – Feed me.
Needless to say, I can’t wait to test it out. I’ll be able to print on canvas, heavy card stock, watercolour paper and best of all be able to offer hand coloured reproductions of my ink drawings in limited editions. It prints using UltraChrome K3 pigment based inks which are waterproof and will last for up to 300 years under glass. I am currently using an HP Photosmart printer that prints with dye based inks which are not waterproof, will last for 70-100 years and am limited to letter sized heavy paper stock which isn’t bad… but this is better!
Last night I wrote to Epson with a pretty big question after reading through the documentation that accompanied the printer.
I may not be able to plug it into my computer! Uh…oh.
My computer – Titanium Powerbook G4, OS 10.3.9, 1GHZ, 512MB ram
Minimum requirements for Epson R2880 – G5, OS 10.3.9, 1.67GHZ or Intel, 1G ram (2G ram recommended)
Once I hear back from them and get the go ahead to plug in, I will. And, if they say don’t do it your PowerBook will blow up! I’ll simply purchase a new Macbook.
I can increase RAM and update my operating system, yet, I can’t go to G5 or Intel from G4 and can’t increase to 1.67GHZ from 1GHZ as that.is.impossible.
So, I have my cake and I need to wait to eat it.
…but it’s worth it!
I’ll post a review as soon as I am technologically capable to.
Note to self – either use the flash or don’t use the flash when taking photos
Orange cat always wants food. She’s 18, so I usually give in and give it to her.
Grey cat is 11 and always wants into every box I open.