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Piezography Instructions for the Epson® Photo R2880 Printer

How to install and use Piezography ink on the R2880.


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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.

Printer Testing

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.

Small Format Ink change procedure

  1. Test the printer with Epson inks to verify that it functions perfectly, as described above.

  2. Push the ink change button, and when the print head moves to the cartridge change position, remove the Epson cartridges and install the cartridges after you have peeled off the vent tabs (note: before putting the Piezography cartridges in your printer, look at the air vent holes that had been covered with the vent tabs. Make sure that the holes are open, and are not blocked with a little piece of vent tab or dried ink. If you think that the vent holes are blocked, poke a pin through the tab material, into the vent hole, to vent the cartridge). Close the cartridge lids and return the print head to the parked position, by pushing the ink change button again.

  3. The printer will sense that new cartridges have been installed and will run through a small purge cycle, that will take a minute or so. Run two additional print head cleaning cycles, to ensure that you have removed the color inks from your system.

  4. Verify that you have a perfect nozzle check pattern before printing images. The pattern will consist of six sections, of different shades of gray. The lightest shades may be incredibly faint.

  5. If you are using a Gloss Optimizer, run the nozzle check on Glossy Paper and hold the paper at an angle to a light. You will see the nozzles show up as a gloss reflection against the light.

Epson R2880

Printer Specs & Review

The Epson R2880 is an excellent build 13″ printer. But, it is pricey at $599 as it begins to approach that of a refurbished Epson 3800 or 3880. While they are no longer available new, you can some-times buy this printers refurbished. We use these printers at InkjetMall for our R&D ink tests and product development. Both traditions Piezography P2/K7 ink and the new Pro ink are available for this printer. This printer is similar to the much-older R2400. We no longer sell cartridges for the R2400 but if you have a reliable source for carts, Piezo ink is compatible.

Compatible Ink Types


Ink Position Chart

Cartridge Position
Piezography K7
Piezography K6
Piezography P2
Piezography PRO
Light Light Black
Gloss Overprint (for gloss printing) or PiezoFlush (if NOT printing gloss)
Gloss Overprint (for gloss printing) or PiezoFlush (if NOT printing gloss)
Gloss Overprint
(for gloss printing)
Gloss Chroma Overprint
(for gloss printing)
Light Magenta
Shade #5
Shade #5
Shade #5
Warm: Medium
Light Cyan
Shade #3
Shade #5
Shade #3
Cool: Medium
Light Black
Shade #6
Shade #6
Shade #6
Cool: Light
UltraHDMatte Black or HD Photo Black
UltraHDMatte Black or HD Photo Black
UltraHDMatte Black
UltraHDMatte Black or HD Photo Black
Shade #2
Shade #2
Shade #2
Cool: Dark
Shade #4
Shade #4
Shade #4
Warm: Dark
Shade #7
Flush / Not Used HD Photo Black
Warm: Light

* Change black ink for matte or gloss printing. Use “K7" or "HD K6" curves

PiezoDN Compatible

* Change black ink for matte or gloss printing. Use “HD K6" curves.

PiezoDN Compatible
** NO need to change black ink, can also print digital negatives. Use “P2” curves

PiezoDN Compatible

*** Warm and cool split-tone, change black ink for matte or gloss printing, can also print digital negatives. Use “PRO” curves

PiezoDN Compatible

What is the difference between K7, P2, K6, PiezoDN, and Pro?

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.

Supported Papers

We support an ever evolving list of fine art inkjet papers. You can see the list of officially supported papers here.

Technical Support

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!

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