Table of Contents
- Dynamic Luminance Detection
- Variable Patch Targets
- Special Averaging Support
- Measurement Smoothing
- Falses Correction
- Start Points
- Channel Curve Smoothing Tutorial
- Variable Ink Limiting
- Target Luminance Calibration
- Contrast Tweaking
- Channel Remapping
- Curve Blending
- Curve Inversion
- Save a Copy
- Physical Ink Mixing and Blending
- Repurposing Clogged Printers
- Ink Placement Charts
- Initial Fill Instructions
- 1400/1430/1500 Instructions
- P400/R1900/R2000 Instructions
- R3000/P600 Instructions
- 3800/3880/P800 Instructions
- 4000 Instructions
- 4800/4880 Instructions
- 4900 Instructions
- 7600/9600 Instructions
- 7800/9800 7880/9880 Instructions
- 7890/9890 Instructions
- 7900/9900 Instructions
- P6000/P8000 Instructions
- P7000/P9000 Instructions
Epson® Stylus Pro 7600 & 9600 Instructions
How to install and use Piezography ink on the 7600 and 9600.
Use these procedures to convert your color printer to a Piezography printer. If you are installing a Continuous Ink System (CIS), please refer to the installation instructions provided with the CIS. If you are installing user refillable cartridges, please refer to the installation instructions in the "Support" menu above.
Whether you use refillable cartridges, CIS, or pre-filled cartridges (available outside the USA), the placement of the shades of Piezography ink are critical and not arbitrary. You must refer to the shade placement chart provided here on this document.
Most Piezography systems depend upon the QuadtoneRIP software with which to control the ink shades. Installation instructions and support of that software is provided by the manufacturers of those software. We provide our own guides to our suggested use of QuadToneRIP, so that you can get the best results from that product. Additionally, Piezography on the Mac requires the use of Print-Tool. This software has quickly become a de-facto utility for anyone wanting to properly color manage their printing workflow. A full manual for Piezography can be downloaded with the free Piezography Community Edition.
Verify that your printer functions perfectly with Epson inks before installing Piezography inks. In addition to printing a perfect nozzle check, make certain that the printer does not have unfixable banding problems by making test prints. Take the time to scrutinize your printer’s performance before the next step. It is not possible to diagnose many printing problems on a printer that has not first been tested with Epson inks. Ideally you should also align your print-head for UniDirectional printing before switching to Piezography inks.
If you are having problems with your printer or print-head, please look at our detailed instructions on how to clean your print head.
Use of flush cartridges is recommended
The use of flush cartridges is suggested when switching to Piezography inks from a non-Epson or non-Piezography ink set, or if you have been experiencing clogging problems with your current ink set. Otherwise, the actual Piezography inks can be used to "flush" out the pre-existing color inks from your printer. If you do not use flush carts, you may need to print some additional media before all traces of color ink have been removed.
Items needed to have on hand when changing inks
A set of ink cartridges; a set of flush cartridges (if used); a spare maintenance tank (available through Epson), or a large format cartridge and waste tank chip resetter.
Note about the maintenance tank: Instead of replacing a full maintenance tank, you may use a large format chip resetter to reset your maintenance tank chip to read empty. It is safe to reset the maintenance tank chip one time; if you wish to do it more than once, periodically check the waste ink level in the tank, to ensure that it does not overfill with waste ink. It is possible to dis-assemble the maintenance tank and replace the filling with some absorbent material. Chip resetters are available on-line. Be sure to purchase one specifically for large format Epson printers.
Ink Change Procedure
Background on the 7600 and 7600 printers and black position cartridges: Two separate cycles are needed to switch inks in these printers. The required cycle depends on the type of black cartridge you are switching from and the type of black cartridge you are switching to.
If you are switching from a Photo black to matte black cartridge, or from a matte black to Photo black cartridge, you must use a black ink change cycle. If you are switching from a matte black to a matte black cartridge, or from a Photo black to a Photo black cartridge, you must use an initial fill cycle.
If you use flush cartridges as part of the process, you need to use two flush cycles. They may both be the same type or they may be different, depending on the chips on the black cartridges involved.
Before proceeding, you must determine which types of black cartridges you have. Refer to Table 1, below, for an explanation of the types of chips on each of the different black position cartridges available for these printers.
|Table 1: Explanation of the chips found on different black position cartridges|
|Epson Photo Black||PHOTO|
|Epson Matte Black||MATTE|
|Flush cartridge for 7600/9600 printers||PHOTO or MATTE*|
|Piezotone Portfolio Black||PHOTO|
|Piezotone Museum Black||MATTE|
|Piezography K7, Shade #1||MATTE|
|Changing FROM cartridge type:||Changing TO cartridge type:||Flush cartridge used?||Perform the following steps:|
2. “ ”
|PHOTO||PHOTO||MATTE||1. “” 2. “ ”|
|PHOTO||PHOTO||Not Used||1. “”|
2. “ ”
2. “ ”
|MATTE||MATTE||Not Used||1. “”|
2. “ ”
2. “ ”
|PHOTO||MATTE||Not Used||1. “”|
2. “ ”
2. “ ”
|MATTE||PHOTO||Not Used||1. “”|
Printer Specs & Review
The Epson 7600 and 9600 ushered in the revolution in digital printmaking starting in 2003. No other machine has changed photography so much. The machines are still in operation today and many people use them for Piezography. We suggest you only buy a 7600 or 9600 that is in perfect operating condition. It's not worth the time and effort to resuscitate this machine from the dead for Piezography. You can get a 9800 or 9880 (pressurized) printer for the same price most likely. Support is limited for this printer but if you have on that works well keep it! The printheads have a very long life and print at 2880x1440 dpi.
Ink Position Chart
|Black||UltraHD Matte Black||HD Photo Black|
|Magenta||Shade #4||Shade #4|
||Gloss Overprint (for gloss printing)
* Use "K7" matte curves
** Use "K6" gloss curves
Storage of previously used ink cartridges
You may wish to remove and save one or more cartridges that you have removed from your printer, for use in the future. If you want to store your cartridges for later use, place the removed cartridges in plastic bags, close the bags tightly to minimize ink evaporation, and place the cartridges in a box so that they sit upright, as they do when they are in the printer. Storing a previously opened cartridge on its side or upside down will allow ink to leak out of the air vent holes. We recommend taping over the vent holes to prevent evaporation. Many of our ink cartridge (large and small) come with vent-hole plugs. Make sure to place these vent-hole plugs back into the cartridge before storage. Make sure to remember to remove them when you want to use the cartridge again though!
Note: On small format cartridges, it is very important that you do not allow ink to touch the air inlet filter. Make sure your cartridges remain upright at all times.
Getting started with Piezography printing and QuadtoneRIP.
Now that you have your inks installed, you must print your images through QuadToneRIP shareware software. It is not possible to achieve good results without using QuadToneRIP. Go hereto download and install QuadtoneRIP for Mac or PC.
We provide a comprehensive user manual for Piezography along with a set of pre-made curves "profiles" for use with QuadtoneRIP and various fine-art inkjet papers. After installing QuadtoneRIP make sure to ask download and install our free Community Editionset of curves and documentation. This will guide you through the process of installing your Piezography printer on both Windows and Mac operating systems so you can print.
We support an ever evolving list of fine art inkjet papers. You can see the list of officially supported papers here.
We provide free technical support at our forum.We also provide direct paid phone support.Before requesting support please register on our forum and also look through all of the support documents from the "Support" menu above.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may find it very helpful to view our F.A.Q. section for Piezography. This will tell you a lot!