Epson Stylus Photo R1800

The Windows driver software looks very much like other Epson printer drivers, except it's now only three sections instead of four. Across the top are "tabs" to jump between the sections of the driver; Main, Page Layout and Maintenance.

The Main page lets you select the Quality Option (Draft, Text, Text & Image, Photo and Best Photo. See below for the other main options.

Paper & Quality Options - Select a paper source (Sheet feeder, Roll paper, Manual - Roll or CD / DVD).

Paper Type (Plain Paper, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Enhanced Matte Paper, Matte Paper - Heavyweight, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Velvet Fine Art Paper, Watercolor Paper - Radiant White, Double-Sided Matte Paper, CD/DVD or CD/DVD Premium Surface).

Paper Size if -not- using the Borderless option, see below for borderless choices. User defined allows you to set a custom size up to a maximum of 12.95" x 129" for sheet, roll or manual-roll.

The Borderless paper sizes are shown here, note there is no custom setting so these are the only borderless sizes available.

Print Options - PhotoEnhance (see next frame), Gloss (Auto or Full), Reverse Order, Print Preview. The Gloss option controls the application of the Gloss Optimizer; Auto covers only the image area, Full covers the entire sheet.

The PhotoEnhance option lets you adjust settings for digital camera images. You can set more adjustments by clicking on the Advanced button for the Main page. Tone settings are: Auto Correct, Sepia, Neutral Gray, Warm Gray and Cool Gray. Digital Camera Correction (On or Off), if it's On then you can also select the Smooth Skin option.

The Advanced options for the Main page. If you selected Photo you now have options for Photo, Best Photo or Photo RPM. Color Management shown here with the Color Controls enabled, lets you set a specific Gamma value as well as adjust the Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and the primary Cyan, Magenta and Yellow colors. The Color Mode can be Epson Standard, Epson Vivid or Adobe RGB. PhotoEnhance was explained above. The ICM (Intelligent Color Management) option lets you use profiles for specific media types, Epson supplies one for all of their paper types or you can create a custom profile with optional color matching software applications.

The Page Layout page gives you options for Rotating 180°, Mirror Image, Reduce / Enlarge, Number of Copies, Double-Sided printing, Multi-Page or adding a Watermark.

The Maintenance page lets you start the Status Monitor, run Nozzle Checks, Head Cleaning, Align Printhead and see the Printer and Option Information. Clicking on the Speed & Progress button gives you options for High Speed Copies, Disable Status Monitor, Always Spool RAW Datatype, Show Progress Meter, set the temp folder for High Speed Copy cache and set your Monitoring Preferences for error messages, low-ink alerts and etc.    

Whenever you have an active print job the Epson Status Monitor pops up and shows you the current ink levels and the progress of the printing. You can also click on the "Epson Printing Tips" button to read about ways to improve your printing speed and quality.

Clicking on the "Details" button from the Status Monitor will bring up this info page. Here you can see the name and model # for the ink cartridges and their manufacture dates.

If you have enabled the "ink low" warning then this screen will popup whenever one of your ink cartridges is getting low.

Checking the "Print Preview" option on the Main page is always a good idea. I use the print preview function as my last visual confirmation that I have selected the proper orientation and printing format. Unfortunately the Epson print preview does not have a ruler scale or indicate the chosen paper size which would really help you make sure that you also selected the right media type and size.

The EPSON Easy Photo Print application is just that, an easy way for you to preview and print your digital photos. The "Select Photos" page is a thumbnail viewer where you visually browse your photos and select those that you want to print.

After selecting the photos to print you then go to the "Select Paper" page and pick the size and type of media (paper) that you will be printing on, the style (borderless or bordered) and the print mode.

The "Layout and Print" page lets you adjust the image to fill the page or zoom-in to a particular area. You can also print multiple images per page if desired. When you have the layout set the way you want it just click on the PRINT button and you're done !

This is the Photoshop PRINT Image Matching II file import filter. You enable it from Photoshop's FILE menu:   This import filter will only display JPEG or TIFF files that have valid PIM info embedded in the Exif header. You can select one file for import or check the "Import consecutively" option to select more than one image file. Photoshop does not retain the PIM information separately in the JPEG's header file when you import your PIM image. Instead it converts that information in the file and embeds a color space called EPSON RGB 2001. This profile supports all the PIM color advantages and enhancements. The PIM II plug-in works with Photoshop CS, 7.0 and Photoshop Elements 3.0. The required ICC profiles for the Stylus R1800 are installed with the plug-in (Windows) or the printer driver (Macintosh).

The Stylus Photo R1800 is the first 13-inch-wide format printer in the U.S. capable of printing directly onto inkjet printable CDs or DVDs. Users simply place these disks in the printer's front-loading CD tray and path. Users can create their own CD or DVD designs, or utilize colorful backgrounds and images with the included Epson Print CD software.