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  • Page 1 EPSON Stylus ® Photo R300 Series User’s Guide...
  • 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

    About Exif Print About Your Software About Your Documentation Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips Viewing Your On-Screen Reference Guide Using EPSON Paper Choosing the Paper for Your Project Loading Paper in the Sheet Feeder Loading Envelopes Storing Your Photos Printing Without a Computer Using Your Camera’s Print Settings...
  • Page 4 Printing Your Selected Photos Selecting the Correct Paper Type One-Touch Printing Touching Up Your Photos Automatically Adjusting Your Photos Manually Adjusting Your Photos Cropping and Sizing Your Photos Adding Photo Information Printing Special Layouts Printing Greeting Cards Printing With Iron-On Transfer Paper Printing On CDs or DVDs Printing Jewel Case Inserts Saving Your Image Files to a CD or Zip Disk...
  • Page 5 Printing Borderless Photos Windows Macintosh OS X Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.x Printing On CDs or DVDs Cleaning the Roller Designing CDs and DVDs Inserting a CD or DVD Printing Your Design Adjusting the Print Position Adjusting the Print Density Using PRINT Image Matching Using Film Factory Using the P.I.M.
  • Page 6 Macintosh OS X Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9x Where To Get Help Notices Windows System Requirements Macintosh System Requirements Important Safety Instructions Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions Energy Star Compliance FCC Compliance Statement Declaration of Conformity Epson America, Inc., Limited Warranty Index Contents...
  • Page 7: Welcome

    (The port in the back of the printer is for connecting the printer to your computer.) If you have the EPSON Stylus Photo R300M, your printer has a preview monitor to help you select photos for printing.
  • Page 8: About Print Image Matching

    About PRINT Image Matching Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer includes support for EPSON’s revolutionary PRINT Image Matching lets your digital camera and printer work together automatically to produce the best prints possible. Digital camera manufacturers that support PRINT Image Matching include EPSON, Casio, ®...
  • Page 9: About Your Software

    Your printer driver runs your printer and lets you control how your documents look. You can’t print from your computer without it. Tip: It’s a good idea to check EPSON’s support web site periodically for free updates to your printer driver. Visit http://support.epson.com. Download instructions are posted for your convenience.
  • Page 10: About Your Documentation

    Windows: Double-click the also click Start Programs Reference Guide Macintosh: Double-click the Welcome! SPR300 Reference Guide in Windows XP), All Programs , then click Reference Guide SPR300 Reference Guide icon on your desktop. You can EPSON SPR300 icon on your desktop.
  • Page 11 When you first open the Reference Guide, you see this screen: Click here to expand the table of contents Click a topic on the left to expand the table of contents, then click on the topic you want to view. If there’s a right arrow Click the down arrow Closed list,...
  • Page 12 Welcome!
  • Page 13: Using Epson Paper

    Once you know which photos you want to print, you need to select the type of paper to print them on, the paper size, and your layout. Here are some helpful tips: Select a type of paper to suit your image. For best quality, use one of the special EPSON papers listed on the inside back cover.
  • Page 14: Loading Paper In The Sheet Feeder

    When using special papers, check the paper package for additional instructions. Some papers require using a support sheet included in the package. Note: Always keep unused paper in the original package and store it flat to prevent curling. Using EPSON Paper...
  • Page 15: Loading Envelopes

    Loading Envelopes You can load up to 10 envelopes at a time: 1. Place the envelopes against the right edge of the sheet feeder. Load them with the printable side facing you, flap-edge to the left. Then slide the left edge guide against the envelopes.
  • Page 16: Storing Your Photos

    Storing Your Photos With proper care, photographs from your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer will last for many years. The special EPSON inks designed for your printer are formulated to achieve improved lightfastness when used with EPSON papers for prints that are properly displayed or stored.
  • Page 17: Printing Without A Computer

    Printing Without a Computer Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer lets you print photos quickly and easily without a computer. Just insert your digital camera’s memory card, choose settings from the control panel, and press the green Before you start, make sure you plug in the printer, turn it on, install ink cartridges, and load paper, as described on your Start Here sheet.
  • Page 18: Using Your Camera's Print Settings

    Using Your Camera’s Print Settings Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer is designed to work hand-in-hand with the latest advances in digital cameras. With PRINT Image Matching, you can get beautiful print results from all your digital photos, easily and automatically. And with PictBridge or DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), you can use your camera to select which photos you want to print—before you even get home to your printer.
  • Page 19: Getting Photos Into The Printer

    Getting Photos into the Printer Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer can print photos stored: On a memory card (see below) In a digital camera (see page 20) On a data storage device, such as a CD-R drive or an Iomega Zip drive (see page 20)
  • Page 20: Removing A Memory Card

    EPSON cannot guarantee the compatibility of any cameras or drives. If you are using a Zip disk, it must be formatted as a FAT16 disk. Also, if you insert a Macintosh disk into a Zip drive attached to the printer, it automatically formats it, so be sure to use a disk that is empty or not formatted, or one containing data you don’t mind losing.
  • Page 21 When you connect a digital camera or storage device, the printer treats it like a memory card. Follow these steps to connect it: 1. Remove any memory cards from the printer. (If you leave a card in the printer, images will be read from the card instead of your camera or external storage device.) 2.
  • Page 22: Choosing Basic Mode Or Advanced Mode

    Choosing Basic Mode or Advanced Mode You can select Basic mode to create quick and easy 4 × 6-inch photo prints using EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Advanced mode lets you print with any paper type and size that is available, and lets you change quality settings and make other adjustments to your photos.
  • Page 23: Printing An Index

    An index print shows small, numbered images of all the photos on your memory card—and includes the date each picture was taken. This enables you to select the photos you want to print. If you have the EPSON Stylus Photo R300M printer with the preview monitor, you may not need to print an index.
  • Page 24: Selecting One Photo

    Selecting One Photo You can select a photo, then print one or more copies of it on a page using a variety of layouts. If your printer doesn’t have the preview monitor, first print an index to identify the photos on the memory card (see page 23). 1.
  • Page 25: Selecting A Range Of Photos

    Selecting a Range of Photos You can select a range of photos to print if you took a set of photos that you want to print out at once. If your printer doesn’t have the preview monitor, first print an index to identify the photos on the memory card (as described on page 23).
  • Page 26: Printing Your Selected Photos

    Printing Your Selected Photos Once you’ve selected your photos, follow these steps to start printing: 1. Load your paper in the printer. See page 14. 2. Press the menu. Type 3. Highlight the type of paper you’ve loaded, then press paper type, see the table on page 27.) Note: It’s important to select the correct Paper Type setting for the paper you’re using, or the print quality may not be what you expect.
  • Page 27: Selecting The Correct Paper Type

    For this paper . . . Plain paper EPSON Photo Paper EPSON Glossy Photo Paper EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper EPSON Premium Semigloss Photo Paper EPSON Semigloss Scrapbook Photo Paper EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper EPSON Matte Paper Heavyweight...
  • Page 28: One-touch Printing

    One-Touch Printing If there are settings you may use often, you can create your own custom settings and recall them at any time by pressing the 1. From the control panel, select any of the following settings you want to use: Automatic Correction Filter Saturation...
  • Page 29: Touching Up Your Photos

    Touching Up Your Photos Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer lets you correct the color and improve the image quality of your photos even without a computer. Two basic types of adjustments are available. Note: These settings affect only your printed pictures. They do not change your original image files.
  • Page 30: Manually Adjusting Your Photos

    PhotoEnhance if you don’t want to use P.I.M., Exif, or PhotoEnhance. None 4. To boost the appearance of small images taken from mobile phones and low-resolution PDAs, press the press . (Make sure to turn this option off when printing most photos, or your printer will print slowly.) Note: These settings are saved when you turn off the printer or choose a different set of photos, so remember to turn off the settings when you’re done.
  • Page 31: Cropping And Sizing Your Photos

    Cropping and Sizing Your Photos Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer lets you decide how your photos fit on the page with two options: Crop 1. Press the button to highlight 2. To print only a portion of your image, highlight 18 preset cropping options.
  • Page 32: Adding Photo Information

    3. Choose an option and press 4. If your photo is too long or wide to fit inside the available space on your selected layout, part of the image will be automatically cropped. If you want to turn off automatic cropping (leaving white space at the edges of the photo), highlight , then highlight Cropped area...
  • Page 33: Printing Special Layouts

    EPSON Glossy Photo Greeting Cards—S041606 EPSON Iron-On Transfer Paper—S041153 To order EPSON paper, contact your dealer or call the EPSON Store at (800) 873-7766, or visit our web site at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
  • Page 34: Printing Greeting Cards

    Printing Greeting Cards With EPSON Glossy Photo Greeting Cards, you can create your own personalized cards by printing your photo right on the front of each card. 1. Select the photo you want to use, as described on page 22.
  • Page 35: Printing With Iron-on Transfer Paper

    Printing With Iron-On Transfer Paper With EPSON Iron-On Transfer Paper, you can transfer your photos to T-shirts, aprons, or just about any cotton or cotton-blend fabric. The printer automatically creates a mirror-image of your photo so that any text looks correct once it’s transferred.
  • Page 36: Printing On Cds Or Dvds

    Printing On CDs or DVDs Your printer includes a special tray that lets you print your photos directly on any ink jet- printable CD or DVD. You can print on regular 12-cm CDs and DVDs. Caution: Use only ink jet-printable CDs or DVDs for printing. Thermal-printable and regular CDs and DVDs should not be used with this printer.
  • Page 37 Printing Make sure the data, music, or video is burned on your ink-jet printable CDs or DVDs before you print. Otherwise, dirt or scratches on the surface may cause errors when you burn the data. If you plan to print large numbers of CDs or DVDs, it’s a good idea to print a small sample, then wait a day and check the quality to make sure it is satisfactory.
  • Page 38 4. Place a standard-size CD or DVD on the CD tray with the white or printable side face-up. Make sure the disc lays flat in the tray. Caution: Printing on small CDs (8 cm) is not supported when printing without a computer and may cause damage to the printer.
  • Page 39: Printing Jewel Case Inserts

    Printing Jewel Case Inserts You can create custom jewel case inserts with your photos. The printer adds cutting and folding lines that will let you fit the insert in any standard-sized plastic jewel case (not available for the small CD format). Note: This feature is available when printing from the printer’s control panel only.
  • Page 40 3. Connect a USB cable from your drive to the printer. 4. Press the Direct Save 5. Press . When you see the “Beginning Backup” message, press backup procedure; you may have to follow additional instructions on the printer screen. All the photos on your card are copied to your Zip disk or CD-R.
  • Page 41: Using A Bluetooth Device With Your Printer

    The Bluetooth Photo Print adapter (C12C824142) is available from your local retailer or the EPSON Store at (800) 873-7766, or you can visit our web site at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
  • Page 42: Disconnecting The Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter

    Disconnecting the Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter Hold the Bluetooth adapter by the section that is connected to the printer, and pull it out from the USB connector, as shown below. Caution: Do not remove the adapter while it is communicating with another device or while the printer is printing (while the blue light is flashing).
  • Page 43: Printing With Bluetooth

    If you are using Windows, you must use the software included with your computer’s Bluetooth adapter to set up a connection with your printer. Your adapter may let you print using your EPSON printer software. See the documentation included with your computer’s Bluetooth adapter.
  • Page 44: Choosing Bluetooth Settings

    2. Choose settings in the Bluetooth option menus listed below. Menu Item BT Device Name Setting BT Communication Mode Printing Without a Computer More Options Settings EPSON Stylus Photo R300- (number) (Default = 0) Public Private Bonding (Pairing) and press Description If multiple Bluetooth-enabled...
  • Page 45 Menu Item Settings BT Encryption On/Off (Default = Off) BT Passkey Setting Any four-digit number (Default = 0000) Bluetooth PIN BT Device Address Set at the factory (Example) 11-11-11-11-11-11 Description Select On to encrypt communication. Encryption requires that a four-digit Passkey be entered into a device before it can communicate with and print from the printer.
  • Page 46: Resetting Default Settings

    Resetting Default Settings This table lists the default settings for your printer. You may need to reset your settings to the defaults before printing. Option Crop Filter Automatic Correction Small Image Enhancer Contrast Brightness Saturation Sharpness Date Time Photo Information Fit to Frame Quality Bidirectional Printing...
  • Page 47: Printing From Your Computer

    Here sheet. Note: To print photos from your computer, you can use a program like Film Factory or EPSON Print CD, which are included on the CD-ROM that came with your printer. If you’re printing photos from your digital camera, you can automatically copy them to your computer just by inserting the camera’s memory card in your printer’s memory card slot.
  • Page 48: Copying Photos To Your Computer

    Copying Photos to Your Computer If you’ve taken digital photos with your camera, you can insert the memory card into your printer’s memory card slot and copy the photos to your computer. You can access the contents of the card just like any drive on your computer. 1.
  • Page 49: Configuring Photostarter

    You can go back and change settings at any time by opening PhotoStarter: In Windows, click , point to Start click EPSON PhotoStarter3.0 On a Macintosh, open the . Open the Tools menu and choose PhotoStarter . The PhotoStarter setup assistant Next .
  • Page 50: Removing A Memory Card

    2. To remove a card, pull it straight out of the slot. Basic Printing in Windows 1. From the file menu, click 2. Make sure EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series Printing From Your Computer Safely Remove USB Mass Storage Device Stop USB Mass Storage Device .
  • Page 51 3. Click the Preferences button, click it. Then click 4. Select the following in the Printing Preferences or Properties window: Select your paper Type Select your paper Size Select your document or image orientation 5. Select from these Quality Types: for rough drafts with reduced print quality Draft: For text-only documents with higher text quality...
  • Page 52: Selecting Default Settings

    6. Select the paper Type for the paper you’ve loaded. See “Selecting the Correct Paper (Media) Type” on page 61 for more information about paper types. 7. Select other settings as shown above. Tip: For more information about printer settings, click the ? or Help button. 8.
  • Page 53: Basic Printing On A Macintosh

    Basic Printing on a Macintosh After you create your document, follow the basic steps in one of these sections to print it: For Macintosh OS X applications, see below. For Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.x applications, see page 56. Printing in OS X If you’re printing from an OS X compatible application, follow the steps below to print a document.
  • Page 54 6. Select from the File menu. You see a screen like this: Print 7. Open the Printer menu and select 8. Select Print Settings 9. Select the following Print Settings as necessary: Tip: For more information about printer settings, click Help. Printing From Your Computer Stylus Photo R300 from the pop-up menu.
  • Page 55 10. You can also choose these options in the pop-up menu: , to select the number of copies or a page range Copies & Pages , to select page layout options Layout , to save your print job as a PDF file Output Options Color Management gamma setting, or turn off color adjustments by the printer software...
  • Page 56: Printing With Os 8.6 To 9.x

    Printing with OS 8.6 to 9.x 1. From the File menu, select 2. Make sure SP R300 Series Chooser. 3. Select the correct Paper Size, Orientation, and other settings. Then click Note: To print without borders, see page 62. To print double-sided pages, refer to your on-screen Reference Guide (see page 10).
  • Page 57 If you turned on background printing, you can open the Print EPSON MonitorIV window by selecting it in the Application menu in the upper-right corner of your screen. If you’re not using background printing and you need to cancel printing, hold down the J key and press the (period) key.
  • Page 58: Customizing Your Print Settings

    Customizing Your Print Settings You can use custom settings for color management, printing at higher resolutions, and selecting a variety of special effects. Customizing Windows Print Settings You can use advanced settings for color matching, printing at a higher resolution, or selecting a variety of special effects and layouts.
  • Page 59 Once you’ve finished selecting advanced settings, you can: Click to save your settings, return to the Print dialog box, and print. Click the button to return to the Basic settings. Basic Click the Page Layout 4. Select the following page layout settings as necessary: Select image resizing and image position options here;...
  • Page 60: Customizing Macintosh Print Settings

    Customizing Macintosh Print Settings 1. In Macintosh OS X, click In Macintosh OS 8.6 or 9.x, select Select a higher print quality (select Photo RPM for the best print quality on photo and glossy paper types) 2. Select a higher print quality, if necessary. (Some settings may not be available, depending on your selected paper type.) 3.
  • Page 61: Selecting The Correct Paper (media) Type

    EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheets EPSON Matte Paper Heavyweight EPSON Double-Sided Matte Paper PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper for Epson EPSON Photo Paper EPSON Glossy Photo Paper EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Paper EPSON Glossy Photo Greeting Cards...
  • Page 62: Printing Borderless Photos

    You can print your photos without margins, extending the image all the way to the edges of the page. Although borderless printing is a bit slower, you get beautiful snapshots or enlargements without trimming. Paper name EPSON Matte Paper Heavyweight EPSON Glossy Photo Paper EPSON Premium Glossy...
  • Page 63: Windows

    Load your paper, then follow the steps below for your operating system. Slide the left edge guide against the paper Always load the short edge first, even for printing landscape-oriented photos. Load the printable side face up. It’s usually whiter or brighter than the other side. Load premium papers up to 20 sheets at a time.
  • Page 64 You see the following screen: Select your paper Type Select your paper Size Select your document or image orientation 3. Select Photo Best Photo 4. Choose as the paper Source setting. Sheet 5. Select one of the following paper types: Matte Paper Heavyweight Photo Paper Glossy Photo Paper...
  • Page 65: Macintosh Os X

    Macintosh OS X 1. Select from the File menu. You see this window: Page Setup 2. Open the Format for menu and select 3. Choose the correct Paper Size. Caution: When printing with borders using a custom paper size, make sure the selected size matches the paper you loaded and is within the printable area for the printer.
  • Page 66: Macintosh Os 8.6 To 9.x

    Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.x 1. Select Page Setup Click this box for borderless printouts 2. Select the correct 3. Click 4. Select from the File menu and then click Print Printing From Your Computer from the File menu. You see this window: Paper Source Paper Size Choose the paper...
  • Page 67: Printing On Cds Or Dvds

    Your printer includes a special tray that lets you print customized text, graphics, and photos directly on any ink-jet printable CD or DVD. The EPSON Print CD software makes it easy to import your own photos, add text, and modify your designs with a variety of special effects.
  • Page 68: Designing Cds And Dvds

    Designing CDs and DVDs You can use EPSON Print CD to create and print a design with images, graphics, and text. 1. To add a background image, click the the following: 2. Do one of the following: Windows: Click the...
  • Page 69 3. If you want to modify the template or enhance your image, do one of the following: Windows: Click the Macintosh: Use any of the available editing features. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, and gamma, or apply mosaic, blur, or special color effects. 4.
  • Page 70: Inserting A Cd Or Dvd

    5. To curve a single line of text, click the text, then drag the red “handle” up or down. 6. When you’re finished, choose Note: To check your design, it’s a good idea to print it on a sheet of plain paper before printing on a CD or DVD.
  • Page 71 2. Lower the CD/DVD tray guide. 3. Place the CD or DVD on the CD tray with the white or printable side face-up. Make sure the disc lays flat on the tray. To print on a small CD (8 cm), place the small CD ring on the tray first, then place the CD inside the ring.
  • Page 72: Printing Your Design

    Push the tray under the tab and the two rollers. Don’t push the tray in too far; line up the arrows exactly. 5. Follow the instructions in “Printing Your Design” below to print with EPSON Print CD. Printing Your Design After you have created your design and loaded a CD or DVD, you’re ready to print.
  • Page 73 Macintosh OS X: Make sure Macintosh OS 9: Make sure , and the Paper Size is set to Manual Feed 3. Click 4. Open the File menu and select Windows: When you see the screen below, click is selected and the Paper Size is set Stylus Photo R300 is selected, the Paper Source is set Stylus Photo R300...
  • Page 74 Macintosh OS X: When you see the screen below, choose pop-up menu. Choose Print Settings Choose CD/DVD Macintosh OS 9: When you see the screen below, click 5. Click (Windows) or Note: After you print, handle the CD or DVD carefully. To allow the ink to dry fully, wait at least 24 hours before playing the disc or inserting it in a drive.
  • Page 75: Adjusting The Print Position

    70. 2. Start EPSON Print CD. 3. Follow the instructions in “Printing Your Design” on page 72 to make sure your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer is selected, and the Paper Source is set to Manual Feed 4.
  • Page 76 Height (Top) Top Space box. Space 10. Click to save the measurements to the EPSON Print CD program. Printing From Your Computer (Macintosh). The confirmation pattern is printed on the Print . You see a screen like this: Adjust Print Position...
  • Page 77: Adjusting The Print Density

    1. Insert a test CD or DVD for printing, as described on page 70. 2. Start EPSON Print CD. 3. Follow the instructions in “Printing Your Design” on page 72 to make sure your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer is selected, the Paper Size is set to...
  • Page 78: Using Print Image Matching

    Using PRINT Image Matching With PRINT Image Matching (P.I.M. or P.I.M. II), special print instructions are saved in your digital photo files. For example, macro mode pictures might include print commands for sharpness and clarity, while portrait mode pictures might emphasize soft focusing and subtle flesh tones.
  • Page 79 2. Click , then choose View Click Roll to create a new roll, or . . . click an existing roll PRINT Image Matching photos are marked here Note: If you need help with Film Factory, select it from the Help menu or check the on-screen Getting Started Guide that was installed with Film Factory.
  • Page 80: Printing Your Photos

    7. Click a button on the left to select a print option. For example, click the Standard Prints you need to follow, as shown. Note: You can rotate, trim, and correct for red eyes and still retain Print Image Matching or Exif Print image quality with your photo.
  • Page 81 2. Windows and Macintosh OS 8.6 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 2 Select Sheet Feeder or Sheet Feeder (No Margins) for borderless printing Macintosh OS X: Select these options in the Printer Settings box at the bottom of the screen, in this order: 1 Make sure your...
  • Page 82: Using The P.i.m. Ii Plug-in For Adobe Photoshop

    P.I.M., P.I.M II, or Exif Print image. Instead, it converts that information in the file and embeds a color space called EPSON RGB 2001. This profile supports all the P.I.M. color advantages and enhancements.
  • Page 83 6. Choose an import option: PRINT Image Matching II effects. It also supports the EPSON RGB expanded color space, which is similar to the Adobe RGB color space and is required for PRINT Image Matching image quality prints. This setting is available only for P.I.M. and P.I.M. II images.
  • Page 84 Note: If you overwrite your original file, you will lose all P.I.M. header information. Printing a P.I.M. Image P.I.M. images are converted into the EPSON RGB 2001 color space. To retain P.I.M. quality and enhancements, don’t change the color space.
  • Page 85 4. Select the paper you’re printing on as the 5. Windows: Click Custom Macintosh OS X: Choose Macintosh 8.6 to 9.x: Under Mode, click You see the Advanced screen. 6. Select Photo Best Photo 7. Windows: Select No Color Adjustment Macintosh OS X: Select Adjustment Macintosh 8.6 to 9.x: Select...
  • Page 86 Printing From Your Computer...
  • Page 87: Maintaining Your Printer

    “Transporting the Printer” on page 95 Note: You can also maintain your printer from the Maintenance tab on your driver (Windows) or from the EPSON Printer Utility (Macintosh). For details, read your on-screen Reference Guide (described on page 10). The steps in this chapter must be performed with the printer set to Advanced mode.
  • Page 88: Cleaning The Print Head

    Cleaning the Print Head If your printouts are unexpectedly light or faint, or dots or lines are missing from the image, you may need to clean the print head. This unclogs the nozzles so they can deliver ink properly. Print head cleaning uses ink, so clean it only if quality declines. You can clean the print head either from the printer’s control panel or using your printer software.
  • Page 89: Examining The Nozzle Check Pattern

    To ensure good results, use genuine EPSON ink cartridges and do not refill them. Other products may cause damage to your printer not covered by EPSON’s warranty.
  • Page 90: Removing And Installing Ink Cartridges

    If the quality doesn’t improve after cleaning and aligning the print head, you can replace the cartridge even if the Use these EPSON ink cartridges within six months of installing them and before the expiration date on the package:...
  • Page 91 4. Open the cartridge cover. 5. Press in the tab on the back of the cartridge and lift the cartridge out of the printer. Dispose of it carefully. Warning: Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the ink. If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Page 92 7. Lower the cartridge into the holder, with the green circuit board facing the front. Then gently push the cartridge down until it is firmly seated. 8. If you need to replace another ink cartridge, repeat steps 5 through 7 before continuing with step 9.
  • Page 93: Aligning The Print Head

    To align the print head from the printer software, the printer must be connected directly to your computer (not over a network); see your on-screen Reference Guide for details. Note: For the best results, load letter-size EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper in the printer whenever you check the print head alignment.
  • Page 94: 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, unplug the power cord, and disconnect the printer cable. 2. Remove all paper, then use a soft brush to clean any dust or dirt from the sheet feeder. 3.
  • Page 95: Transporting The Printer

    Transporting the Printer If you move your printer some distance, you need to prepare it for transportation in its original box or one of a similar size. Caution: To avoid damage, always leave the ink cartridges installed when transporting the printer. 1.
  • Page 96 Maintaining Your Printer...
  • Page 97: Problem Solving

    “Where To Get Help” on page 111 Diagnosing Problems Your EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series printer includes a number of ways to help you diagnose problems: To identify the most common problems, check for messages on the control panel display and follow the instructions provided.
  • Page 98: Control Panel Messages

    Magenta: T0483 Yellow: T0484 Light Cyan: T0485 Light Magenta: T0486 The genuine EPSON ink cartridges listed above are recommended for replacement. Paper load error. Load paper correctly and press Maintenance. A paper jam has occurred. See printer manual to clear the jam.
  • Page 99 Display Close the CD/DVD guide. The CD/DVD tray is not set correctly. Reload the tray, then press the maintenance button. The inserted card cannot be used with this printer. Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter error. Disconnect the Adapter from the printer, then reconnect it. System error.
  • Page 100: Running A Printer Check

    “Setup or Software Installation Problems” beginning on page 101. If nothing works, contact your dealer or EPSON as described on page 111. 9. After examining the check page, remember to turn off the printer and reconnect its cable to your computer.
  • Page 101: Setup Or Software Installation Problems

    Setup or Software Installation Problems The printer makes noise after ink cartridge installation. The first time you install ink cartridges, the printer must charge its print head for about two minutes. Wait until charging finishes before you turn off the printer, or it may charge improperly and use excess ink the next time you turn it on.
  • Page 102: Printer Problems

    Printer Problems The printer is on, but nothing prints. If you’re printing from your computer, make sure the USB cable is connected securely and that the cable meets the system requirements on page 113. If you’re printing from your computer, run a printer check as described on page 100. If the check page prints, make sure your software is installed correctly.
  • Page 103: Print Quality Problems

    In the Advanced options, turn If your printer is connected to a hub, disconnect USB devices that you’re not using. Note: Borderless printing takes longer than normal, especially near the edges of the paper. Printing without a computer is also a bit slower. If you are printing a landscape photo without a computer, it takes longer for the printer to rotate and process the image.
  • Page 104 Run the Print Head Alignment utility; see page 93 for instructions. Your printout is blurry or smeared. Use EPSON papers to ensure proper saturation and absorption of genuine EPSON inks. Make sure you load paper with the printable side face up.
  • Page 105 Run the Print Head Alignment utility. See page 93 for instructions. You may need to increase the image resolution or print it in a smaller size; see your software documentation. Your printout is faint or has gaps in the image. The print head nozzles may need cleaning;...
  • Page 106: Problems With Paper Feeding

    Problems With Paper Feeding Paper doesn’t eject fully or is wrinkled. If the paper doesn’t eject fully, you may have set the wrong paper size. Press the maintenance button to eject the paper, and then select the correct paper size. If it’s wrinkled when it ejects, the paper may be damp or too thin.
  • Page 107: Cd/dvd Printing Problems

    The image is inverted. Turn off the Flip Horizontal program. (If you’re printing on EPSON Iron-On Transfer Paper, the image should be inverted.) The printer prints blank pages. Make sure your printer is selected, or is the active printer in the Print Center or Macintosh Chooser.
  • Page 108 The margins are incorrect. Make sure the paper settings are correct for your paper size. Make sure the paper is positioned correctly in the feeder, all the way to the right. Slide the left edge guide against the paper. See your software documentation for instructions on choosing the correct margins for your paper size.
  • Page 109: Uninstalling Printer Software

    Reference Guide, and you won’t see the license agreement. (Windows XP: click Start icon. in the program list and click the EPSON Stylus Photo R300 Series EPSON USB Printer Devices in the program list and click the in the program list and click the Uninstalling Printer Software >...
  • Page 110: Macintosh Os X

    Macintosh OS X Follow these steps to uninstall EPSON PhotoStarter and Card Monitor, and your printer driver: 1. Open your Applications folder. 2. Drag the EPSON Card Monitor 3. Open the Utilities folder (in the Applications folder). 4. Double-click the Print Center 5.
  • Page 111: Where To Get Help

    Note: Remember that you don’t need to reinstall your optional photo software or on-screen Reference Guide, and you won’t see the license agreement. Where To Get Help EPSON provides technical assistance 24 hours a day through the electronic support services and automated telephone services listed below: Service...
  • Page 112 Proof of purchase (such as a store receipt) and date of purchase Computer configuration Description of the problem You can purchase ink cartridges, paper, manuals, and accessories from the EPSON Store at (800) 873-7766 or visit www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
  • Page 113: Notices

    Notices Windows System Requirements A Microsoft Windows compatible PC with a Pentium processor Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP 64MB of RAM (128MB or more recommended, 256MB or more recommended for Windows XP) 200MB or more available hard disk space recommended VGA or better display adapter and monitor CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software Windows-compliant USB port and a shielded USB “AB”...
  • Page 114: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions to make sure you use the printer safely and effectively: Be sure to follow all warnings and instructions marked on the printer. Use only the type of power source indicated on the printer’s label. Connect all equipment to properly grounded power outlets.
  • Page 115: Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions

    If the liquid crystal solution from the display or the preview monitor gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If the liquid crystal solution gets into your eyes, flush them immediately with water. If discomfort or vision problems remain after a thorough flushing, see a physician immediately.
  • Page 116: Energy Star Compliance

    NERGY As an E Partner, EPSON has determined that this product NERGY meets the E NERGY office equipment program is a voluntary partnership NERGY with the computer and office equipment industry to promote the introduction of energy-efficient personal computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, and copiers in an effort to reduce air pollution caused by power generation.
  • Page 117: Declaration Of Conformity

    Declaration of Conformity According to 47CFR, Part 2 and 15 for Class B Personal Computers and Peripherals; and/or CPU Boards and Power Supplies used with Class B Personal Computers: EPSON AMERICA, INC. Located at: MS: 3-13 3840 Kilroy Airport Way...
  • Page 118: Epson America, Inc., Limited Warranty

    Epson requires a debit or a credit card number to secure the cost of the replacement printer in the event that you fail to return the defective one. If your printer is being repaired, Epson will direct you to send your printer to Epson or its authorized service center, where the printer will be fixed and sent back to you.
  • Page 119 ABOVE. UNLESS STATED HEREIN, ANY STATEMENT OR REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY ANY OTHER PERSON OR FIRM ARE VOID. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY, NEITHER EPSON AMERICA, INC. NOR ITS AFFILIATES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, INCONVENIENCE, OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING DIRECT, SPECIAL,...
  • Page 120 Notices...
  • Page 121: Index

    Index Accessories, 41, 112 Adobe Photoshop, P.I.M. II plug-in for, 9, 82 to 85 Advanced Mode, 22 Advanced settings Macintosh, 60 Windows, 58 to 59 Aligning print head, 93 Automatic mode, Macintosh, 54, 56 Background printing, 57 Banding, 103 to 104 Basic Mode, 22 Basic printing Macintosh, 53 to 57...
  • Page 122 Glossy Photo Paper, 62, 64 Grainy prints, 104 Greeting cards, 34 Index Head Cleaning utility, 88 to 89 Help, EPSON, 111 to 112 High Speed setting, 103 ICM (Image Color Management) setting, 58 Incorrect characters, 108 Incorrect colors, 105 Index, printing without a computer, 23...
  • Page 123 P.I.M., see PRINT Image Matching Page Setup Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.x, 56 Macintosh OS X, 53 Paper EPSON, 13 to 16, 61, 62 to 66 feeding problems, 106 loading, 14 orientation, 53, 56 size, 53, 56 Paper Size setting, Windows, 51, 64...
  • Page 124 Printing without a computer accessing files, 19 to 21 CDs and DVDs, 37 to 38 cropping, 31 to 32 custom settings, 28 greeting cards, 34 iron-on transfers, 35 PRINT Image Matching, 18, 29 to 30 saving files, 39 to 40 selecting photos, 22 to 25 selecting settings, 26 to 30 Printing, slow, 102...

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