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Epson 9890 Media Profiling Help

Offline computerdork Posted 10-28-2015 - 10:30 AM
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Onyx Version:
Thrive 11.1.2.103
Printer(s):
Oce Arizona 460GT, Epson 9890

We normally use Onyx for our Arizona, but I recently decided to configure it to print to our Epson 9890. This was primarily driven by my desire to improve printing quality on some Epson canvas that doesn't seem to print very well with EFI Firey's default profile.

The 9890 driver in Onyx doesn't come with a profile for canvas so obviously I needed to create a new media profile. So I tried creating a new one from scratch which was apparently a big mistake since the print mode or something that I selected was trying to put down so much ink that it was literally DRIPPING INK down the material onto the platen when I tried to print the calibration swatches!

So then I got the bright idea to clone the glossy photo paper profile and print the swatches using one of the print modes there. This time it worked with no problem. (Epson canvas seems to have a coating similar to the photo paper and photo black ink is supposed to be used on it, so starting with a photo paper profile seemed to make the most sense.)

Anyway, I'm finding no technical notes or documentation to explain anything about Onyx print modes, media profiles, or anything for the 9890. There is a media group called "{Ink Setup}" and I have no idea what this is used for. Anyone know what this is for?

Can anyone point me to some documentation on or give me some tips on how best to configure onyx media profiles for the Epson 9890?
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Offline Mikulas Posted 10-29-2015 - 03:32 PM
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Onyx Version:
10.2
Printer(s):
L26500, W8400+Onyx / Mimaki JV4, JV5 +TexPrint

...so much ink that it was literally DRIPPING INK down the material onto the platen when I tried to print the calibration swatches
Linearization swatches or ink-limit swatches?
Ink limit swatches sometimes are very wet because they are printed with up to 100% ink volume, and usually without any dot gain compensation (our original HP profiles use ink limits around 50%, our own "juicy" profiles use no more than 75%) The linearization swatches should already be OK, and have reasonable max. volume.

There is a media group called "{Ink Setup}" and I have no idea what this is used for.
We have ours totally empty. I think it´s only a programmers stuff - so that they don´t need true "Generate New Media Profile" procedure.
Like an empty "database record" or write-protected starting template - you can open it as a starting point, modify and save it. It also allows you to study profiling steps (step-by-step wizard normally doesn´t allow you to jump over to later steps)

Can anyone point me to some documentation on or give me some tips on how best to configure onyx media profiles for the Epson 9890?
From my experience - take some original Epson or Onyx profile, duplicate it, rename it, and do all modifications. Probably the most necessary is the correct ink combination (lC, lM, photo Grey etc) - if you copy an original Media Profile there is usually everything there.

Btw. Onyx has video tutorials on the web.
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