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  • Page 1: Printer Basics

    ® EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 Printer Basics...
  • Page 2: Copyright Notice

    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON printer. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other printers.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents WELCOME! PRINT Image Matching and Exif Print About PRINT Image Matching About Exif Print About Your Software About Your Documentation Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips Viewing Your On-Screen Reference Guide LOADING PAPER Loading Sheets Loading Envelopes Loading Roll Paper If the Roll Paper Jams or Feeds Incorrectly Removing and Storing Roll Paper PRINTING FROM START TO FINISH...
  • Page 4 PROBLEM SOLVING Identifying Printer Parts Diagnosing Printer Problems Checking the Control Panel Lights Running a Printer Check Problems and Solutions Problems Setting Up the Printer or Installing Software Printing Problems Print Quality Problems Problems with Paper Feeding Solving Miscellaneous Printout Problems...
  • Page 5 Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x Where To Get Help Photo Software Technical Support NOTICES Windows System Requirements Macintosh System Requirements ENERGY STAR Compliance Important Safety Instructions Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions FCC Compliance Statement Declaration of Conformity Epson America, Inc. Limited Warranty INDEX...
  • Page 7: Welcome

    Toshiba. camera supports PRINT Image Matching. Even if your camera doesn’t include PRINT Image Matching technology, your EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 still gives great photo printing results. You just won’t have the automatic adjustments that P.I.M. provides. ™ (both P.I.M. and P.I.M. II) ®...
  • Page 8: About Exif Print

    Your printer driver runs your printer and lets you control how your documents look. You can’t use your printer without it. Note: It’s a good idea to check EPSON’s support web site periodically for possible updates to your printer driver. Visit and check the section for your product to see if there is a new driver available, free of charge, for downloading to your computer.
  • Page 9 EPSON PhotoCenter is EPSON’s free photo-sharing web site where you can store, organize, and share your photos; print high-resolution photos straight from the web; and order prints and custom photo gifts. Your printer software installer lets you add a link to the EPSON PhotoCenter on your desktop.
  • Page 10: About Your Documentation

    About Your Documentation To set up your printer and install its software, see the Start Here sheet. This book contains system requirements, important safety information, and instructions on: ■ Viewing your on-screen Reference Guide ■ Printing with Windows or on a Macintosh ■...
  • Page 11 2. Windows: (If you’re using Windows XP, first click , double-click your Computer double-click the EPSON Macintosh: Double-click the may have to double-click the 3. On the Install Menu, click A shortcut icon for your guide appears on your desktop. To view the guide, just double-click the icon.
  • Page 12 Click a topic on the left to expand the table of contents. After expanding the table of contents, you can click on the topic you want to view. If there’s a right arrow Click the down arrow Closed list, click to expand Click to go to topic...
  • Page 13: Loading Paper

    “Loading Roll Paper” on page 10 Loading Sheets Make sure your printer and computer are turned on. 1. Place your paper against the right edge of the sheet feeder and slide the left edge guide against the paper. (Don’t push the paper down into the feeder.) 2.
  • Page 14: Loading Envelopes

    Always load the short edge first, even when printing in landscape mode. ■ Load letterhead or preprinted paper top edge first. ■ Load up to 20 sheets of EPSON Photo Paper, Glossy Photo Paper, or Matte Paper Heavyweight. ■ Load EPSON Premium Glossy, Semigloss, and Luster Photo Paper one sheet at a time.
  • Page 15 2. Set your printer’s thickness lever to the + position. (Remember to move the thickness lever back to the 0 position when you’re done printing envelopes.) 3. Select as the Media Type setting and choose the correct envelope size Plain paper as the Paper Size setting.
  • Page 16: Loading Roll Paper

    1. Remove the paper support and lower the output tray. Then insert the paper support adapter into the positioning slots on the back of the printer, as shown. (The down arrows on the adapter should be positioned above the slots.) 2.
  • Page 17 4. If necessary, uncurl the paper. Locate the uncurling sheet that came inside the printer box. Insert the paper inside the uncurling sheet and roll it in the direction opposite to the paper’s curl. (This step is especially important with roll paper that...
  • Page 18 Otherwise your roll paper won’t load correctly, and you may see an error. 6. Feed the end of the paper into the printer as far as it will go, then slide the left edge guide against the paper.
  • Page 19: If The Roll Paper Jams Or Feeds Incorrectly

    If the paper is jammed and won’t rewind, turn the printer off. Then cut the roll at a point a few inches away from where it exits the printer. Make your cut as straight as possible to avoid further feeding problems.
  • Page 20: Removing And Storing Roll Paper

    If you’re finished printing on roll paper, follow the rest of the steps to remove it. 3. Cut the roll paper on the side of the line facing away from the printer. Make your cut as straight as possible to avoid feeding problems.
  • Page 21: Printing From Start To Finish

    Printing from Start to Finish Here’s what to do to print a basic document—such as a photograph or newsletter— from loading the paper to selecting print settings to controlling the print job. Follow the instructions in these sections: ■ “Basic Printing in Windows” on page 16 ■...
  • Page 22: Basic Printing In Windows

    After you create your document in a software program, follow these steps to print: 1. From the File menu, click window may look slightly different): 2. Make sure your EPSON Stylus Photo printer is selected. 3. Click Properties button, click it. Then click Note: If you click the print icon on your application’s tool bar instead of selecting Print...
  • Page 23 5. Click to save your settings, return to the Print window, and print. Note: For more information about printer settings, click the Help button. You can also right-click any item on the screen and then click What’s This?. Select the type of paper you loaded...
  • Page 24: Selecting The Settings You Use Most Often

    Selecting the Settings You Use Most Often Your printer settings apply only to the program you’re currently using. If you usually print one type of document in different applications—for example, text on letter-size paper—you can change the Windows default printer settings for all your programs.
  • Page 25: Basic Printing On A Macintosh

    ■ For Macintosh OS X applications, see page 21. Printing with OS 8.5.1 to 9.x Before you begin, make sure you selected your printer in the Chooser, as described on the Start Here sheet. 1. From the File menu, click 2.
  • Page 26 4. From the File menu, click Select Automatic mode 5. Make the following settings: ■ Choose the Media Type for your paper (click the arrow to display the sure which setting to select, see page 32. ■ For Ink, select black and white photograph, or grayscale or black text document.
  • Page 27: Printing With Os X

    (If you’re using an application that’s compatible only with Macintosh Classic mode, follow the steps on page 19 instead.) Before you begin, make sure you added your printer to the Print Center as described on the Start Here sheet.
  • Page 28 File menu. You see a screen like this: Print 6. Select Print Settings from the pull-down menu. Select your printer in the Format for pop-up menu Select the Paper Size, Orientation, and any other settings you want to use...
  • Page 29 You see the following window: Tip: For more information about printer settings, click Help. The Macintosh OS X printer driver contains a subset of the settings available with the Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x printer driver described in this book. For example, double-sided printing is not available on Macintosh OS X.
  • Page 30 , to select page layout options Layout ■ Output Options ■ Color Management the gamma setting, or turn off color adjustments by the printer software ■ , to view a list of all your selections Summary ■ Save Custom Setting 9.
  • Page 31: Customizing Your Print Settings

    Customizing Your Print Settings You can use advanced settings for color matching, printing at a higher resolution, or selecting a variety of special effects and layouts. Customizing Windows Print Settings 1. On the Main tab, click 2. Optionally, select one of these settings from the Custom Settings list: ■...
  • Page 32 Click the Advanced Note: You must click Custom to see the Advanced button. Select higher print quality (higher resolution) Select various print options Click to save settings 4. For higher quality printing (higher resolution), select SuperPhoto - 2880dpi Note: Printing is slower at higher resolutions. For more information about advanced settings, click the Help or 5.
  • Page 33 7. Optionally, click the Paper paper source. If you’re printing on roll paper, change the Paper Source to Paper Shows current settings Tip: If your program’s Print window includes options for setting the number of copies, orientation, or paper source, check these before you print to make sure they’re correct.
  • Page 34 8. Optionally, click the Shows current settings 9. Click to save your settings and return to the Print window, then click ) to print. Print tab to make layout settings: Layout Select image resizing options here; these affect only your printed image Click here to print on both sides of the page...
  • Page 35: Customizing Macintosh Print Settings

    Customizing Macintosh Print Settings 1. On the printer settings window, click list to open it. Macintosh OS X Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x 2. Optionally, select one of these settings from the Custom Settings list: ■ Economy: For printing rough drafts of text on plain paper.
  • Page 36: Advanced Settings

    3. To access advanced settings, click button (OS 8.5.1 to 9.x). You see this window: Note: For OS 8.5.1 to 9.x, you must click Custom to see the Advanced button. Click here to select higher print quality (higher resolution) Select various print options here Macintosh OS X Note: For more information on advanced settings, click Help (OS X) or...
  • Page 37 Enter a name for your settings in the window that appears and click Save Note: When you want to use them again, you can select this group of settings from the Custom Settings list on the printer settings dialog box. 7. OS 8.5.1 to 9.x: Click OS X: Click Print...
  • Page 38: Selecting The Correct Media Type

    For this paper . . . Plain paper sheets or envelopes EPSON Premium Bright White Paper EPSON Iron-On Transfer Paper EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheets EPSON Matte Paper Heavyweight...
  • Page 39: Printing Borderfree Photos

    Printing BorderFree Photos You can print your photos with no margins, extending the image all the way to the edges of the page. Although BorderFree printing is a bit slower, you get beautiful snapshots or enlargements, without trimming. (Not available with Macintosh OS X.) You can print BorderFree photos on a variety of paper types and sizes.
  • Page 40: Borderfree Printing With Macintosh Os 8.5.1 To 9.X

    BorderFree Printing with Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x Follow theses steps to print BorderFree photos. 1. Start your photo application and open your photo file. 2. Click File > Page Setup You see the following: 3. Select your Paper Size. 4.
  • Page 41: Using Film Factory

    Using Film Factory In addition to supporting PRINT Image Matching and Exif Print, Film Factory is a useful tool for organizing, retouching, and printing all of your digital images. Note: If you’re running Mac OS X and want to print P.I.M. and Exif Print-enabled digital photos, use the P.I.M.
  • Page 42 If you created a new roll or you want to add photos to an existing roll, you need to import the photos. Click the ■ Click From File ■ Click From Removable Media ■ Click From PC Card ■ Click From Twain Device camera.
  • Page 43: Printing Your Photos

    Select your printer settings here 2. Windows and Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x: Select these options in the Printer Settings box at the bottom of the screen, in this order: 1 Make sure your printer is selected...
  • Page 44 Macintosh OS X: You see the Print window. Select Copies & Pages pull-down menu. Then select your Media Type and other print settings as necessary, and click button. Select your printer in the Properties Paper Size button on the left side of the screen. You see more options:...
  • Page 45: Using The P.i.m. Ii Plug-In For Adobe Photoshop

    Instead, it converts that information in the file and embeds a color space called EPSON RGB 2001. This profile supports all the PRINT Image Matching and Exif Print color advantages and enhancements.
  • Page 46 2. Open the File menu and select Import > PRINT Image Matching II You see a window like this: 3. Open the folder containing your images. (In Windows, all your files are listed; on a Macintosh, only PRINT Image Matching or Exif Print files appear.) 4.
  • Page 47: Printing An Image

    Printing an Image PRINT Image Matching and Exif Print images are converted into the EPSON RGB 2001 color space. To retain their quality and enhancements, don’t change the color space. Note: The illustrations in the sections below show Macintosh screens; Windows screens will look different, but the settings are the same.
  • Page 48 5. Windows: Click setting. Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x: Select the Media Type setting. Macintosh OS X: Select menu. Then select your Media Type. 6. Windows: Click the Advanced screen. Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x: Under Mode, click button that appears. You see the Advanced screen. Advanced Macintosh OS X: Select menu.
  • Page 49: Maintaining Your Printer

    (when the b maintenance light is off). Caution: When you don’t turn on your printer for a long time, the print quality can decline. It’s a good idea to turn on your printer at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
  • Page 50: Running The Head Cleaning Utility

    Running the Head Cleaning Utility Follow these steps to run the Head Cleaning utility: 1. Make sure the printer is on but not printing, and the b maintenance light is off. Note: You can’t clean the print head if the Replace the appropriate ink cartridge instead.
  • Page 51: Examining The Nozzle Check Pattern

    If you don’t see any improvement after cleaning three or four times, check the solutions in “Print Quality Problems” on page 22. You can also turn the printer off and wait overnight—this allows any dried ink to soften—and then try cleaning the print head again.
  • Page 52: Removing And Installing Ink Cartridges

    P power lights aren’t flashing. Use these EPSON ink cartridges within six months of installing them and before the expiration date on the package: ■...
  • Page 53 3. Check the ink levels in the printer driver to see which cartridge you need to replace: Windows: Check the ink level graphic in the printer software. See page 16 for instructions on opening the software. Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x: Click the settings dialog box.
  • Page 54 4 through 8 before continuing with step 10. 10. Press the ink cartridge replacement button and close the printer cover. The printer moves the print head and begins charging the ink delivery system. The Ppower light flashes, and the printer makes noise. Charging takes about one minute.
  • Page 55: Aligning The Print Head

    Print Head Alignment utility. Follow these steps: 1. Make sure the printer is on but not printing, and letter-size paper is loaded. Tip: For best results, load EPSON ink jet paper in the printer whenever you check the print head alignment.
  • Page 56 5. On the test page, select the pattern with the two vertical lines most precisely printed on top of each other. You may need to use a magnifying glass or loupe. Select one pattern each for rows 1, 2, and 3. Enter the number of the best pattern for each row in the corresponding boxes on the screen.
  • Page 57: Cleaning The Printer

    Cleaning the Printer To keep your printer working at its best, you should clean it several times a year. Follow these steps: 1. Turn off the printer and wait for the Ppower light to go out. 2. Unplug the power cord and disconnect the printer cable.
  • Page 58: Transporting The Printer

    Caution: To avoid damage, always leave the ink cartridges installed when transporting the printer. Be sure to remove the tape used in step 4 after installing the printer in its new location. 1. Turn on the printer, wait until the print head locks in the far right position, then turn the printer off.
  • Page 59: Problem Solving

    Then see “Problems and Solutions” on page 20 for solutions to common setup and printing problems. Caution: It’s a good idea to check EPSON’s support web site periodically for possible updates to your printer driver. Visit and check the section for your printer to see if there is a new driver available, free of charge, for downloading to your computer.
  • Page 60: Identifying Printer Parts

    Identifying Printer Parts Sheet feeder Left edge guide Ink cartridge holders (not removable) Ink cartridge replacement button Paper support Right edge guide Printer cover Paper thickness lever Roll paper Maintenance button button Output tray Output tray extensions Control panel Maintenance light...
  • Page 61: Diagnosing Printer Problems

    Follow the guidelines below when you check the control panel lights: P is on or flashes The P power light is on when the printer is ready to print. It flashes when the printer is receiving a print job, charging ink, or cleaning the print head.
  • Page 62 Also, make sure you removed all the packing material, as described on the Start Here sheet. Then turn the printer back on. If the error isn’t cleared, contact your dealer or EPSON. See page 29 for contact information.
  • Page 63: Running A Printer Check

    5.) 4. To end the check, turn the printer off after it prints the check page. Then reconnect the interface cable and turn on your printer and computer.
  • Page 64: Problems And Solutions

    Problems and Solutions Here are some troubleshooting tips if you have any problems setting up your printer, installing software, or printing. Problems Setting Up the Printer or Installing Software The printer makes noise after ink cartridge installation. ■ The first time you install ink...
  • Page 65: Printing Problems

    Warn correctly. ■ If you’re printing on a network, you need to set up your printer for network printing, as described in your on-screen Reference Guide. The printer sounds as though it is printing, but nothing prints.
  • Page 66: Print Quality Problems

    Printing is too slow. Make sure your system meets the requirements listed in “Notices.” If you’re printing a high-resolution image, you need more than the minimum requirements listed. You may also need to: ■ Clear space on your hard disk or run a defragmentation utility.
  • Page 67 ■ Make sure your paper meets the specifications listed in the on-screen Reference Guide. ■ Use EPSON papers to ensure proper saturation and absorption of genuine EPSON inks. ■ Run the Print Head Alignment in the utility.
  • Page 68 You see wrong or missing colors. ■ If you’re printing color images, make sure both your application and printer software are set for color printing. ■ The print head nozzles may need cleaning; see page 5 for instructions.
  • Page 69: Problems With Paper Feeding

    If that doesn’t work, turn off the printer and gently pull the paper forward (toward the output tray) to pull it out. Reload the paper and press the b maintenance button.
  • Page 70: Solving Miscellaneous Printout Problems

    The image is inverted, as if viewed in a mirror. Turn off Advanced dialog box or the mirror setting in your application. (If you’re printing on EPSON Iron-On Transfer as the Paper, the image should be inverted.) Sheet The printer prints blank pages.
  • Page 71: Uninstalling And Reinstalling Printer Software

    Control Panel 2. Click EPSON Printer Software button ( Change/Remove 3. In the next window, make sure your EPSON Stylus Photo printer icon is selected and click . Then follow the on-screen instructions. , then click the Control Panel My Computer...
  • Page 72: Macintosh Os 8.5.1 To 9.X

    5. Restart your computer when you’re done. Then follow the instructions on the Start Here sheet to reinstall your software. Macintosh OS 8.5.1 to 9.x 1. Insert your printer software CD-ROM and double-click the in your CD-ROM window. (If you don’t see the window, double-click the icon that appears on your desktop.) EPSON 2.
  • Page 73: Where To Get Help

    See the information on page 30 if you need help with the other photo software that came on your printer CD-ROM. EPSON provides technical assistance 24 hours a day through the electronic support services and automated telephone services listed in the following table:...
  • Page 74: Photo Software Technical Support

    Photo Software Technical Support If you need help with the bonus photo software that came with your printer, please contact the software manufacturer, as listed below. Software Web site Adobe Photoshop Elements or LE main.html MonacoEZcolor E-mail Telephone
  • Page 75: Notices

    Notices This chapter includes system requirements, safety instructions, legal notices, and other important information. Windows System Requirements To use your printer and its software, your system should have: ■ ® ® A Microsoft Windows or faster, recommended ■ Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, or Windows NT 4.0...
  • Page 76: Macintosh System Requirements

    Caution: Using an improperly shielded USB cable—especially a cable more than 6.5 feet (2 meters) long—may cause the printer to malfunction. ENERGY STAR Compliance As an ENERGY STAR Partner, EPSON has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. The EPA ENERGY STAR office...
  • Page 77: Important Safety Instructions

    Do not let the power cord become damaged or frayed. ■ If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the total ampere rating of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure the total ampere rating of all devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere rating.
  • Page 78: Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions

    If you remove an ink cartridge for later use, protect the ink supply area from dirt and dust and store it in the same environment as the printer. Note that there is a valve in the ink supply port, making covers or plugs unnecessary, but care is needed to prevent the ink from staining items that the cartridge touches.
  • Page 79: Fcc Compliance Statement

    FCC Compliance Statement For United States Users This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 80: Declaration Of Conformity

    (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Trade Name Type of Product: Model: EPSON AMERICA, INC. MS: 3-13 3840 Kilroy Airport Way Long Beach, CA 90806-2469 Telephone: (562) 290-5254 EPSON Ink Jet Printer EPSON Stylus Photo 1280: P158A...
  • Page 81: Epson America, Inc. Limited Warranty

    If Epson authorizes an exchange for the defective unit, Epson will ship a replacement printer to you, freight prepaid, so long as you use an address in Canada or the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions). Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect.
  • Page 82 Epson, e.g., dealer or user-added boards or components. Epson is not responsible for warranty service should the Epson label or logo or the rating label or serial number be removed or should the product fail to be properly maintained or fail to function properly as a result of...
  • Page 83: Index

    Double-Sided Matte Paper, 32 Double-sided printing, 23, 28 Economy setting, 25, 29 Electronic manual, 4 to 6 Elements, Photoshop description, 3 using P.I.M. II Plug-in, 39 to 42 EPSON accessories, 46, 67 help, 67 Monitor3, 21 papers, 32 PhotoCenter, 3 Store, 46, 67...
  • Page 84 Flip Horizontal setting, 64 Gamma setting, 26, 30 Glossy media, 32 Head Cleaning utility, 43 to 45 Help, EPSON, 67 High Speed setting, 60 Holding a print job, 18, 21, 24 ICC profiles, using with P.I.M. II Plug-in, 39 to 42...
  • Page 85 Orientation setting, 22, 27, 33 P.I.M. II Plug-in, 3, 39 to 42 Page Setup, Macintosh, 19, 21 Panoramic paper, 32 Paper EPSON, 32 feeding problems, 13, 63 to 64 jams, clearing, 56 loading, 7 to 13 orientation, 22, 33 Source setting, 19, 27, 37...
  • Page 86 System requirements, 69 to 70 Technical support, 67 to 68 Thickness lever, 61 Transfer Paper, Iron-On, 32, 64 Transparencies, 32 Transporting printer, 52 Troubleshooting, 53 to 65 Uninstalling software, 65 to 66 Updates, software, 53 USB, 66, 69, 70 Utilities...
  • Page 88 EPSON Ink Jet Papers Use EPSON paper and inks to get the same photo quality results that earn EPSON printers all of their awards! EPSON papers are specially coated to work with EPSON genuine inks. You’ll notice that when prints come out of your printer, your image is crisp and smooth. Here are details about just a few of EPSON’s papers, your printer’s ink cartridges, and EPSON project ideas:...
  • Page 89: How To Order Epson Ink And Paper

    How To Order EPSON Ink and Paper To order EPSON ink cartridges and paper, call (800) 873-7766 or visit the EPSON Store at (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral. EPSON Ink Cartridges T007201 (Black)

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