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Old 26-09-2018, 14:44   #1 (permalink)

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Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

Help please. I have an epson xp950, i changed a magenta and cyan cartridge this morning, now all the prints are coming out with a blue and pink tinge all over them.
I have tried nozzle clean, print head alignment etc, but it is still the same.
Help and advice very much appreciated
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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

You didn't switch the positions by any chance?
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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

Stephen, thank you for your reply. It is impossible to put them in the wrong place, as each cartridge has its own slot and will not fit in any other slot
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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

What device is doing the color management, the printing software or the printer? Can't have both of them doing it, only one.
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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

Problem solved now. I had been using compatible inks, which i got from premier inks, they were supposed to be genuine epson refils, but refilled with what , i don't know.
So ordered genuine epson inks, superb results.
Never again will i but compatible inks, just not worth the hassle of ruining prints, they may be cheaper, but more costly in the end, so wise to buy genuine inks in the first place .
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Problem solved now. I had been using compatible inks, which i got from premier inks, they were supposed to be genuine epson refils, but refilled with what , i don't know.
So ordered genuine epson inks, superb results.
Never again will i but compatible inks, just not worth the hassle of ruining prints, they may be cheaper, but more costly in the end, so wise to buy genuine inks in the first place .

Woody: So glad you figured it out. I couldn't agree with you more. Compatible ink is never a good way to go. I use an Epson XP-900 and always use genuine inks. People think they are being canny by buying compatibles - they're not.
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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

Glad you have found the solution.

I always use genuine inks for my photo printers. On one occasion I was persuaded to try third party inks but just in my general office printer. The results were awful with the black being a muddy grey rather than black. Never again.

One of our club members once asked for help as his printing colours were very poor. We tried various suggestions but then he revealed he was using cheap compatibles. Several members said that they could no longer advise him unless he used the manufacturers inks. He very reluctantly did so and was amazed to find his problem was solved.
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A few years ago I bought a cheap Epson printer scanner off Epson about £40 as it was the last of the old model. I just used it for copying and printing letters etc. with compatible inks and it worked fine for a year or so and then jammed up. Bought a new one and used Epson inks and no bother since. Compatible inks are not cheap in the end. But Epson inks have fairly gone up so much in price it is cheaper to get prints done commercially. I recently bought some Epson inks for my R2400 printer and was sorry afterwards when I worked out how much commercial printing I could have bought for the same money never mind the cost of paper and the ones I spoil .

I recently upgraded my computer to WIN 10 and now my R2400 printer gives a very dark print even though I have downloaded the new drivers for WIN 10. I am waiting for a friend who has a high end calibrator to come and profile the printer for me. He has not been too well recently but is on the mend now so should be here soon. Personally I do vey few prints now since I am no longer in the camera club. But it is very satisfying to print the odd print for oneself, bit like the old darkroom. But I will never buy another printer and I doubt I will buy the inks either I will go the commercial way. I think most people in clubs are doing this already.

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In my Camera Club, of those who enter competitions, about 1/3 never print, 1/3 use commercial prints and 1/3 print their own. Most of the members who commercially print, use ProAm at Bradford where they print the file as given to them (you download their profiles). This means that the process of preparation is more or less the same whether you choose to print yourself or use ProAm. You are responsible for colour management in both cases. I have calculated that printing with my Epson SC-P600 costs around £3.50 for a near A3 print; this includes the ink, paper and the cost of the printer over say 5 years. A similar print from ProAm will cost just over £1 but you need to add postage and are limited to gloss and lustre. It will only be cost effective, if you have 10 or more at a time. In any case the commercial costs is around half the cost of home printing. We make this clear to Club Members so why to half the printers still print themselves.

Several reasons are given including that they feel more in control and have more options. From my point of view I have compared ProAm prints against my own and there is little to choose for colour. However, I find that B&W prints by a specialist B&W printer (only Black inks) is much better that than a print using the standard commercial process. I also like to print some of my colour images on to art paper. Also I do note that those who print themselves at the Club are on average more successful in competitions though this may be because the keenest and more competitive photographers choose to print.


Sadly, less each year bother to print even though the quality of prints exceeds the quality of projection.
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Re: Printer printing with blue and pink tinge

Good that you've found the answer. Printers do seem to cause almost as many problems as Windows

I print my own partly from historical reasons. I don't think there were many easy to find companies 20 years or so ago, and having found that I was happy with my own results (eventually, with black and white) I carried on. It's certainly cheaper to print my own than use one of our local print labs, as I made a mistake in getting them to do a couple of prints and found that they were no better and cost more! Online printers seem cheaper.

I do sometimes need a print almost immediately, and I do like to be able to choose my own paper surface to suit the print, a flexibility that seems lacking if prints are made outside. And I suppose I've been used to making my own prints one way or another for over 50 years!
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I print my own, partly because it's instant and partly because I feel the result is all my own work. Only use Epson inks on my R3000 but I also have a small printer that I use for day to day documents and I use compatables for that'
Just picking up on Daves point about projected images I cringe when we have to use them for competitions. Even though the projector is alleged to be calibrated what comes up on the screen can look quite different from what I expected. It is very revealing to be sat behind the computer and compare that image to the one on the screen.
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Jake, while projectors are limited to sRGB at best, prints are not if you have a good printer. However, we do have excellent projected images at my club but we have had to spend almost £3,000 on each of our projectors and we have reasonably mastered calibration. Our members are generally happy with how their images are displayed. We go out on the road every year to several other camera clubs to show a selection of images from out international salon. We take our own equipment, including Laptop, projector and sound. Almost all clubs we visit remark on how good are projected images are (and much better than their own). The main reasons for this is most clubs do not spend enough on a projector and have difficulty in calibrating.
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I jumped off the printing bandwagon years ago. I own a color laser for printing documents. Photos get sent out for printing.


several factors.. dust, cat hair in house.. dislike of paying $3000 a gallon for ink. not wanting to pay and maintain a large format inkjet.. MPIX Pro charges $9ish for an 11x14 print. Much less for 8x10 and I can control the printer profile.. I just can't print myself for what they charge after eating mistakes, clogged heads and fubars due to environmental factors.. I do occasionally wish I could use various art papers but the aforementioned factors ultimately turns me off to it..
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