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  • Draft print on an Epson Surecolor Printer, advice please?

    Posted by John McNickle on August 1, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    Hi there
    There isn’t a dedicated forum for Epson printers so I’ll ask here…
    Does anyone know if there is a draft setting in the printer RIP software, when we download any profiles there are no sort of fast draft offerings for doing like temporary sports boards, all the profiles are very good but it is a slower process when you just need a few boards out the door and they are ok to not be photo perfect

    thanks

    John McNickle replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    August 2, 2023 at 7:01 am

    Which RIP are you using?
    In ONYX, each profile has different print modes, which can be accessed by double-clicking on the job, and selecting ‘Mode Name’.
    Then you can choose from a selection of resolutions. The job will be re-processed at the new resolution.
    Not every profile has a really low-res / fast print mode, so you may have to hunt on the Epson dashboard to find a suitable one.

    • John McNickle

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Jamie,
      Sorry, I forgot to pop back on here, the work load was a bit much for a while.
      Yes, I use onyx and the print modes are all set so as you say I will have to go hunting.

      Thanks again!

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    February 20, 2024 at 2:56 am

    Hi John

    I do not have an Epson, so I am not the best to advise you on this…
    However, It may be that there just hasn’t been a profile set up for your “specific media”, in a production/draft mode.
    But as a workaround, most printers will come with pre-set-up “generic” print profiles. If you are using a polymeric or monomeric vinyl, just look for a generic mono or poly profile and when you load it, check if it has a production mode profile setting. if it does, select it and run a “test” CMYK print band up the width of the machine. You will be able to see if it’s compatible with your vinyl. If it is not, try a different profile, or even try a monomeric one over poly.
    I am sure with a couple of small test prints, you will hit the nail on the head. then just “re-name” or duplicate and re-name the profile as your media high-speed production profile. It’s worth a go! 😀

  • John McNickle

    Member
    February 20, 2024 at 9:20 am

    Thanks Rob, I’m a small shop so i do most of everything and like so many I never veer away from what you know works, I will have to make some time and sift through all the profiles and maybe learn something🙅‍♂️

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