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Printer Power Cleaning Cycles

My Fine Art Digital Printing DVD offers many simple solutions to common problems. Here’s one …
Problem
I cleaned the heads but they’re still clogged.
Solution
Clean them again. The fourth time in a row initiates a power cleaning cycle.
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New Epson printers have anti-clogging coatings on the nozzles and initiate self-clean cycles automatically.
When power cleaning cycles don’t work you can humidify the heads (rest them no wet sponge for a while).
You’ll need to perform nozzle checks more often if you’re in a very dry environment (air conditioning dries) or you don’t use a printer for extended periods of time.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.

Light Micro-Banding

My Fine Art Digital Printing DVD offers many simple solutions to common problems. Here’s one …
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Problem
I’ve got white micro-banding in my print(s).
Solution
Check for nozzle clogs with the Printer Utility.
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Realign the print heads with the Printer Utilities.
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If the problem persists, adjust print speed slower with Advanced Media Control’s Paper Feed Adjustment.
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In rare cases, the media feed speed can’t be adjusted with software adequately and that means it’s time to send a printer in for servicing.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.

Dark Micro-Banding

My Fine Art Digital Printing DVD offers many simple solutions to common problems. Here’s one …
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Problem
I’ve got dark micro-banding in my print(s).
Solution
Realign the print heads with the Printer Utility. If printing on High Speed, try printing with High Speed off.
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If the problem persists, adjust print speed with Advanced Media Control’s Paper Feed Adjustment.
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Dark micro-banding happens when lines of ink overlap each other. Imprecise head alignment is the most common problem. Less frequently, the speed media is feed through the printer is slightly off. In rare cases, the media feed speed can’t be adjusted with software adequately and that means it’s time to send a printer in for servicing.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.

The APPOS iPhone App Awards & Photo Contest

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The APPOS iPhone Awards & Photo Contest
It starts right now! Literally.
7 am PST January 15 it opens.
It closes 7 pm PDT March 22.
Enter now, enter tomorrow, enter as often as you like – it’s free.
Vote for your favorite images and Apps.
Eligibility
Images must be taken and processed with iPhones and iPhone Apps only.
Prizes
1    $1000 Adorama Gift Certificate
10  Wacom Tablets
15  Canon Wireless Printers
30  $100 Adorama Gift Certificates
25  $50 Apple App Store Gift Cards
Judges
Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Eric Meola Moose Peterson, Syl Arena, Boomer & Carton
Vote
You can vote for and comment on entries.
You can even vote for your favorite photo App.
Find out more about the contest and see the entries here.

Banding

My Fine Art Digital Printing DVD offers many simple solutions to common problems. Here’s one …
Problem
I’ve got broad linear banding in my print(s).
Solution
Make sure your data transfer from computer to printer is fast and uninterrupted.
Do use a fast connection like USB2 or Ethernet.
Don’t use a cord that too long – less than 12 feet.
Don’t tie up your computer up with tasks other than printing.
As this is a data transfer issue, it affects larger prints (more data) more than smaller prints (less data).
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Don’t confuse this type of banding with micro-banding (small thin lines) or non-linear banding (in the file).
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.