Review – Epson R2880 – Part 2 – testing the Canvas Roll

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.

hope canvass epson r2880

Secondly I printed We Flourish

we-flourish canvass epson r2880

and lastly, Do You Love Me

do-you-love-me-illustration - epson r2880 canvas

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 .


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28 thoughts on “Review – Epson R2880 – Part 2 – testing the Canvas Roll”

  1. Jess, I think it spits out the extra so you can mount it on a big fat stretcher. I think I have to invest in the canvas myself. It would be fun to sell tiny prints on tiny little stretched canvases.

    I love that you put so much time into research and trial and error… I have this tendency just to want to get it done too quickly.


  2. I thought I’d leave you a few tips from my own experience. I’ve been printing with the Epsonstyllus R2400 which came out right before yours. It uses the same archival inks, and has pretty identical functions. I love the quality and color range it offers. The two things I’ve had trouble with are the paper feed, and canvas waste. My velvet paper is hit and miss whether it will feed or not, and I’m working on it daily to figure it out. When I print on canvas, I try and print the whole roll at a time because of the waste between prints. I stretch my own prints, and have noticed after an art show that the ink can easily rub off along the edges if they are stacked together. Spraying them with a Krylon uv protectant seems to be the best way to keep them looking nice. I hope you find this information helpful so you don’t waste money and materials. Have a great week. Karin

  3. Hey Jen – Yes, it should spit out some extra canvass for stretching purposes but not 5 to 6 inches. I set my document widths and heights and within those settings I left 1.5 inches for stretching purposes. So in essence it spits out and additional 5 to 6 inches above and beyond what I already planned for. I will writing or calling Epson this week to see if there is a solution to this. I’ll post an update when I do.

  4. Karen, thanks for the pointers. Printing a whole roll is an option. However we should be able to print one off’s when needed. And thanks for letting me know you figured out your feed issues with the Velvet paper yesterday on Etsy.

  5. Hi Jessica, have found out the following on the R2880:- re ‘Thick Paper’
    “The front tray is really only for thick media 1mm to 1.5mm thick; it’s not for paper like Velvet Fine Art, Watercolor Radiant White, or any of the other fine-art papers that Epson sells.
    Medium thickness paper, like those and most sold by companies like Moab, Red River and others, is handled through the secondary manual feed slot behind the main paper load mechanism.
    Epson really isn’t very clear on that.”

    And I was wondering, since the driver doesn’t support using canvas what paper setting you use to print on your canvas roll? I have tried a few, but getting it right by trial & error is a bit wasteful! (& expensive)

  6. Hi Paula

    I’m choosing:
    •13×19 roll borderless in page set-up
    •”Ultra Premium Presentation Matte” in Media Type
    •Mode – advanced, 1440dpi

    This is what I gathered from reading the manual that came with the printer.

    Hope this helps :) It works for me. Now all i need is strethcher bars and I’m good to go.


  7. Hey, this is the printer that I’m about to buy!

    But the Aussie version DOESN’T print on canvas – how stupid is that?!
    I’m not sure whether it’s not capable of doing so, or if Epson Australia is just saying that it isn’t capable. I do need one for good paper prints anyway. But I probably shouldn’t go ahead and throw canvas in it if it’s going to break it!

    Hope you’re still having fun with yours!!

  8. Alex – The printer is great. I’m surprised the Australian version doesn’t have the canvas roll attachment. does it have a paper roll attachment? the prints it creates are wonderful!

  9. After some more research, I’ve found out that it’s the exact same printer, but Australian warrenty conditions are different. Supposedly the paper feed isn’t strong enough to use canvas rolls 100% of the time, so they just wiped all mention of canvas printing from the Aussie manuals, and then of course if it’s not in the manual, they can say that you were using your printer incorrectly. I don’t see this as a problem for anyone though because most people will print on paper for the majority of time anyway.

    But now I’m getting the 3800. Same thing – just a little larger. Then I won’t have to outsource my largest prints. I’m glad to hear that the prints are wonderful!!

    I’ve made myself a deal though. I said that I can’t buy it until I’ve finished 5 more of my little 8×10″ artworks. I’ve only done 2 so far!! (Wish I’d made the deal to cover ALL artworks because then I’d be past the 5 mark, but I’m trying to stay true to the original deal!)

  10. I have the English version of the R2880 & have the same problem as Alex. No mention of printing on canvas, though the roll attachment is there. Also, there is no “Ultra Premium Presentation Matte” as a media option, so I’m just using A4 canvas til I guess it right…….! The only manual that came with my printer is a pretty uninformative desktop version worthy of a Lexmark. Did yours come with a proper printed one? If so I’ll try & track one down!

  11. For all readers who come to this site for Jessica’s fine reviews of the R2880 printer – caveat emptor.
    If you are in England or Australia (& perhaps other places?) you only get half the printer Jessica has – but you still pay the same price for it, of course! Naturally, we read the reviews & make our judgements before we commit to such an investment. And we expect it to print in the way Epson says is it will, as advertised. It is a complete disgrace on Epson’s part not to inform non-american buyers that their printer will not perform as it is advertised in the US.
    Also having the same paper feeding problems as Karin, re- velvet fine art a3. Are you able to tell me how she overcame that problem?
    Thanks & all the best,

  12. I recently went to Harvey Norman in Australia and it had the canvas option and now on the Australian Epson site, it states this too. So I think they have updated the model since your post Paula. Unless I am mistaken.

  13. Well, that sounds good honeycup :) Glad they offer that option in Australia now. I think you may have been the one who contacted me on Etsy honeycup. I responded to your conversation on Etsy. Cheers!

  14. I’m having a heck of a time attempting to print a 13×54″ panel on Premium Canvas Matte roll with my new R2880!!!! The printer did a top notch job in printing several jobs on 13×19″ Ultra Premium Photo, but I’m really stumped with this job. Following ALL the (?)right steps, even with the help of tech support, even the print preview only shows 2″ of the image, which is indeed what it prints out! What am I not doing? Or won’t the printer accommodate a single image that long even if I set it on roll(banner). Any help is really appreciated.

  15. HI can anyone tell me where I can buy a roll of the canvas in the UK at a decent price. I have found it on sale in USA for around $30 but the postage would be probably more so UK supplier is preferred.

    Has anyone discovered how to avoid the wastage mentioned above with out having to print the whole role at one time. Also does using this media do any damage to my UK R2880 as above there was mention of not being made same as USA model.

    Many Thanks

  16. Lilian – I think the max length you can print on the canvas roll is 48 inches.

    Gareth – try getting in touch with Lorrie of Illusio Creative. She has this model of printer to and lives in the UK.

    I haven’t printed on the Canvas roll since writing this post L.J. I was having issues with it printing nothing for about 4 inches then it would print the image. Thank you for the link to the help desk.

    I will be testing the canvas roll again soon as I’m on a new iMac computer now and my operating system is quite different now from that that I was using when writing this review..

  17. I am having a very frustrating time to feed canvas roll paper on my Epson R1800! I was able to make one print of 11×36 portrait. Feeding the paper for printer to take in evenly seems impossible and very sensitive! When printer does accept canvas and I go to print out of photoshop I am getting an message “paper jam”. Sometime I am not able to feed the canvas back out and it feeds it through the whole roll automatically!



  18. Hi Tony

    I am working on an Epson R2880 and have not run into that exact issue. However, I have had other issues that sound similar to your’s. First, I would try uninstalling all printer drivers and preferences associated with your printer. And secondly, go directly to the Epson website and download the drivers fresh and re-install them fresh.

    For me and other’s, that has solved most major issues with prints printing at the wrong size, paper jams and colour inconsistencies.

    Another solution may be to export your image as a pdf and print from that.

    Hope this helps :)

  19. Hey All,
    I was having trouble with this too.
    I ran out of InDesign CS4 with the following settings
    Super B (13 x 19) (Roll Paper – Borderless)
    Image size set to 100% Centered

    Ultra Premiu Presentation Paper
    Photo – 1440
    no high speed

    Seemed to work for what I was trying to do with only about 2 inches of waste. Didn’t print perfectly centered though, I think it may be to do the large size.
    I hope that helps someone out.

  20. I cannot print on canvas!!! always appear “jam” or loaded wrong. I had to pass all the roll to the other side because I had to push the paper button… so frustrating. Great 13×19 prints; however I need to make canvas for a panoramic picture. any advise on this! I have loaded several times using theS045072 Thanks!!!

  21. Hi Obed… The only time I printed using the canvas roll was back in 2008 when I first got the Epson R2880. I tend not print on the canvass roll so am not too familiar with any printing problems that may occur when printing on canvass.

    Have you tried contacting Epson directly to ask them for help? they may be able to walk you through it and help you troubleshoot. Good luck.

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