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Old Jul 4, 2009, 11:44 AM   #1
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Epson Stylus Photo 2200
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When I print a color photo, there is a purple tint. This happens with plain paper or photo paper. I have set it to:

Printer manages colors
PhotoShop manages colors
No color management

Please help, any ideas?

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Old Jul 4, 2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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I assume you have your monitor colour calibrated and using genuine inks, and the wall of the room is not very bright you are using a good room light as all of those can affect the perception of colour. (If not, try checking the printout in day time using nature night).

What happened to me was a few unusual darkness in blue colours. I solved it by performing Head Cleaning with the software.

(I have Epson Stylus Photo R230 and 1410.)
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Old Jul 5, 2009, 11:56 AM   #3
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antony... thanks for your advise, but it did not help. I am finding other problems also. When I print a 4x6 it starts printing about 1/2 inch from the right edge of the paper. I have not used the printed in about a 8 months, maybe I need to re-install the drivers? I hate printers.
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I have encountered a similar problem with my R1800 after a couple months downtime. Nozzle checks were good, all settings remained the same as before, etc, but the colors seemed muted, with reds and oranges being very dull. I have looked around and found other, similar problems that others have reported. The solution that seems to work universally, is to replace the color cartridges.
Don't know what causes this: printer firmware, ink settling, pigment oxidation, or just plain gremlins. Everyone seems to have a pet theory. Some people have claimed that removeing the carts and shaking them up fixes it, others have tried with no success. If one cart is low, it is possible the printer is going into an ink saving mode, which changes the mix and may introduce a color cast.

As to the offset in the print, you may want to initially try using a cleaning paper, such as what Epson includes with its 4x6" glossy and Durabrite papers. If that doesn't help, I believe you can change the origin point offset in your photoshop print dialog. (I have Elements 3, and it has the feature)
Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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antony... thanks for your advise, but it did not help. I am finding other problems also. When I print a 4x6 it starts printing about 1/2 inch from the right edge of the paper. I have not used the printed in about a 8 months, maybe I need to re-install the drivers? I hate printers.
On the border issue. Make sure you have installed the correct driver, and choose the paper type and paper size.

When printing on photo paper, you need to tell the print the paper type and paper size in 4x6 instead of regular A4 or US Letter. You might want to set it borderless for printing.


Was the image cropped to fit 4x6 without white border?

Further on the colour tint issue. Each ink cartridge has its Best Before time (on the package), and it is not recommended that you leave the ink cartridge installed for more than six months.

Base on your 2200 Reference Guide, it says
Quote:
Cartridge life
2 years from production date
(within 6 months of opening the package at 25C [77F])
Perhaps, the colour of inks have gone off slightly.
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I have found out all of my ink cartridges are out of date, even a brand new one just purchased. I will take it back. I sure hope I don't buy all new and have the same problem. Thanks for all of your replies and help.
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