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Digital printing covers a wide variety of topics, some of which may not have been explained well to you in the past. Some companies wish to keep you in the dark, maintaining their control. Sometimes you encounter software with tens of thousands of variations, giving you more opportunities to screw up.
AIS wants you to have control. We want you to know how to use your printer to the best of its ability. We want you to get the best prints possible.
We also want to make sure that your printer is running properly, which is why we have a line of cleaning products specially designed to clean out clogs and flush your printer out for annual maintenance.
Some of the questions our resources cover:
- What colors are out of gamut and what does that mean?
- What RGB colors are printable?
- What resolution should my files be?
- What can different ink sets offer you?
- What should you look for in a monitor?
- What is the right way to calibrate your monitor?
- Is making a profile for Photoshop easy to do?
- Can I make a good profile with less expensive software?
The process for accessing the print heads on your printer for cleaning or repair vary slightly from printer to printer. Here’s a quick look at how to access the print heads for a variety of popular printers. Epson 4900 Epson 7900, 9900 Epson 4900 The 4900 does...
Epson and Canon created printers that have multiple grays. We built a digital printing technology comprised of Symphonic Inkjet Ink, Symphonic RIP software, and profiling that will allow you to produce perfectly neutral or tinted grays on those printers. This...
You may think because your printer is brand new you can place any ink into it. What you need to know is all printers are tested at the factory to make sure the heads are aligned and firing properly. Ink is drained from the printer, but not cleaned with cleaning...
RGB Photoshop’s RGB color mode uses the RGB model, assigning an intensity value to each pixel ranging from 0 (black) to 255 (white) for each of the RGB (red, green, blue) components in a color image. For example, a bright red color might have an R value of 246,...
The elements that most often need repair in a printer are the wiper, dampers, heads, refreshing pad, and the capping (docking) station. AIS offers discount replacement parts for Epson and Mimaki, as well as some parts for Roland and Mutoh. You can prolong the life of...
Many photographers and designers use Photoshop to print to an Epson printer instead of using a RIP. Actually, Photoshop is the pass through to the Epson driver, where it is advisable to make a custom profile to produce an accurate print out when you are either using...
The Epson 4900 Series The Epson 4900 is Epson’s introduction to multi-channel printers, meaning they it supports more than the standard CMYK print channels. This 10-color printer offers a wider gamut than standard 8-color printers. If you print rich colors using...
The 7900 and 9900 are Epson’s introductory-level multi-channel printers. These 10-color printers offer a wider gamut than standard 8-color CMYK printers, and are therefore called multi-channel. If you print images using greens, oranges, and reds, then this is a...
When purchasing a printer for commercial applications, it can be inviting to jump straight to a multi-channel printer. However, these printers simply aren’t necessay for a number of applications. Before buying a printer, consider your specific needs. You...
The 7800/9800 Series Printers Epson has made 3 series of 24″ and 44″ printers. First they produced the 7800/9800 series. These printers used the DX5 8-Color Piezo Head. It is considered to have been improved by Epson’s new advanced MicroPiezo TFP...