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Epson 9800 Information

Epson 9800 printer

Key Resources:

Inkjet Canvas for the Epson 9800
Fine Art Paper for the Epson 9800
Laminates for Canvas Art Prints
Support for the Epson 9800
Download Custom ICC ProfilesHow to Print Borderless

Instructional Videos for Epson 9800:
- How to Use ICC Profiles
- How to Print on Thick Media
- How to Make a Custom Profile

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EPSON 9800 General Information

In this article we willl introduce the Epson Stylus Pro 9800 and recommend award-winning inkjet canvas and fine art papers, manufactured by Breathing Color, specifically for this Epson printer.

The 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9800 professional wide-format printers utilizes a breakthrough new 8-color ink technology (K3 ink) that has to date fueled massive sales of the giclee printer.

The Epson 9800 is used for giclee printingand offers uncompromised print quality and its price point is currently unmatched in the inkjet printing industry today. Rivals such as Roland, HP, and Canon have not yet responded with a product that has singificantly affected the industry-wide growth and word-of-mouth momentum of the Epson 9800 printer.

Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink technology utilizes eight new color pigments, including a new three-level black technology, which significantly increases the potential quality output for professional color and black and white prints. According to Epson, these inks offer the widest color gamut of any ink currently available on the marketplace (an increase of approximately .2 Dmax to the Ultrachrome). The addition of the third black ink now allows the Epson 9800 printer to produce true monochrome (black and white) inkjet prints. The new Epson k3 inks also utilize "High Gloss Mircocrystal Encapsulation Technology" which comes built into the Epson 9800 printer and serves to minimize bronzing on glossy papers.

One can utilize the Epson 9800 to produce archival giclee art reproductionwith amazing color integrity, gloss-level, and scratch resistance. furthermore, the Epson 9800 produces professional neutral and toned black and white prints with higher density levels and virtually no metamerism or bronzing. The Epson Stylus 9800 utilizes a 1-inch wide printhead, and therefore produces almost twice the print performance of the previous model line (Epson 9600). Furthermore, the Epson 9800 delivers an astonishing resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. The Epson 9800 is capable of handling almost any media type, in roll or cut sheet, up to 44-inch wide. The most popular media type used is giclee canvas for giclee canvas art (or, a canvas gallery wrap).

How to Print Borderless on an EPSON 9800

For borderless printing, the Epson print engine enlarges the image size slightly (about 5 percent or a bit less) to ensure that the image is not printed with any white edges due to paper misalignment. You can minimize the clipping by resizing your image to actual paper size (e.g., 13" x 19", 4" x 6"), and then setting Print with Preview to center the image and print it at 96% of actual size. The clipping dialog still comes up (it will whenever you are printing in the printer's defined margins), but tell it OK. You can try using 95% if there is still too much clipping.

EPSON Stylus Pro 9800 Key Resources

Where To:

- Buy the Lowest Cost Genuine Epson Ink for the Epson 9800
- Download Free Epson 9800 ICC Profiles | Colorbyte ImagePrint ICC Profiles
- Try Award-Winning Inkjet Canvas Designed for the Epson 9800
- Try Award-Winning Fine Art Paper Designed for the Epson 9800
- Try Giclee Varnish for Your Epson 9800 Canvas Prints

How To:

- Instructional Video: How to download, install, and use Epson 9800 ICC Profiles - PC | Mac
- Instructional Video: How to Apply Glamour II Canvas Varnish to Canvas Prints:
   PC (Windows Media Player) - 5 second Download (for quick viewing)
   MAC - (Quicktime) - 5 second Download (for quick viewing)  
- Instructional Video: How to adjust Platen Gap to avoid scuff marks, loading issues, etc.
- Instructional Video: How to Print Epson 9800 ICC Profile Targets for Profile Creation:
| Mac                    
- How to use Epson 9800 ICC Profiles in Photoshop
- How to Print Borderless on an Epson 9800
- How to Change From Matte Black Ink (MK) to Photo Black Ink (PK) on an Epson 9800
- Should I use Matte Black or Photo Black with my Epson 9800?
- Epson 9800 Printer Substrate Compatibility
- Read Other Helpful Articles on the Epson 9800
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EPSON 9800 and Inkjet Canvas

Our very own award-winning Chromata White Inkjet Canvas, an optical-brightener free, museum-grade matte poly cotton blend that is a stand-alone performance leader in dmax (black density), color gamut, and Epson Canvas, and was specifically designed to achieve maximum color gamut and black density with the new epson K3 inks. The combination of the Epson 9800 printer and the Brilliance Chromata White inkjet canvas using matte black inks will produce the highest quality fine art prints on the market today. This canvas comes with an Archival Quality Certificate

If you are new to Breathing Color and would like to test this product, we highly recommend that you take advantage of the inexpensive Trial rolls offered.Trial rolls are priced at cost, and at times below our cost in order to encourage our customers to try our award-winning products for a minimal investment. Trial rolls are provide enough product so that our customers can sufficiently run tests and create samples. CUSTOMERS MAY ONLY PURCHASE ONE TRIAL ROLL PER PRODUCT. Customers who do giclee printing use this canvas for fine art giclee printing - giclees and/or canvas photo.

EPSON 9800 and Inkjet Fine Art Paper

Our very own Elegance Velvet, Platinum Edition Fine Art Paperis optimally suited for use with the Epson 9800 printer. The combination of the Epson 9800 printer and the Elegance Velvet Fine Art Paper produces absolutely astonishing black and white inkjet fine art prints, as well as color prints. Elegance Velvet Fine Art Paper was designed specifically for the Epson K3 inks. Epson 9800 and the Elegance Velvet Fine Art Paper should be utilized by quality driven fine art printmakers who demand nothing less than the best. This paper comes with an Archival Quality Certificate

EPSON Stylus Pro 9800 Specifications:

Printing Method:
• 8-Channel Print Head Technology
• 8-Color (C, Lc, M, Lm, Y, Lk, LLk + PK or MK) pigment based ink
• Variable-Sized Droplet Micro Piezo drop-on-demand ink jet with AMC™ technology

Nozzle Configuration:
• Color and Monochrome heads: 180 nozzles x 8

Epson Ink Technology:
• Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink Technology

Droplet Technology:
• Smallest droplet size: 3.5 picoliter
• Variable Droplet Technology can produce up to three different sizes per print line

2880 x 1440 dpi; 1440 x 720 dpi; 720 x 720 dpi;
720 x 360 dpi; 360 x 360 dpi; 360 x 180

Print Engine Speed:
• 8" x 10" prints from 50 secs to 6:25 – Normal is 3:17¹
• 11" x 14" prints from 1:44 to 10:55 – Normal is 5:35¹
• 16" x 20" prints from 4:07 to 18:57 – Normal is 9:46¹

Acoustic Noise Level:
• Approximately 50 dB(A) according to ISO 7779

Printer Language / Drivers:
• Epson ESC/P2 raster photographic drivers standard
• Optional PANTONE. licensed and SWOP. certified PostScript. Language Level 3™ Compatible RIP by ColorBurst. (included only with Pro Edition bundle)
• Supported by most leading third-party RIPs and workflows

Operating Systems Supported:
• Macintosh. Panther 10.3.9 or higher, Tiger 10.4 or higher
• Windows. 2000 or XP (Pro or Home Edition)

Printer Interfaces:
• Includes one USB (1.1 and 2.0 compatible), one IEEE1394 FireWire® and one Epson Expansion Slot used for installing the optional internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card
* (Ethernet included in Pro Edition Bundle).

Physical Dimensions:
• 3.4"(W) x 14"(H) x 30"(D)
• Printer weight: 83.7 lb

BorderFree Printing:
• Left and right borderless “bleed” printing for the following roll media widths:
8.3", 10", 12", 13", 14", 16", 17"
• Top and bottom edges can be automatically cut to any length three
different ways during printing on roll media.

Printable Area:
• Maximum paper width 17"
• Left and right margins 0 or 3mm each (0.24" total)
• Top and bottom margins 0 to 25mm each
• Maximum printable width 17.16" (full bleed 17" width)
• Maximum printable length Limited by application, operating systen and driver/rip used

Media Handling:

Media Input:
• Roll media size Single roll up to 17" width
• Roll media length Up to 132' (limited by core dia.)
• Cut sheet input tray size Up to 17" x 22"
• Cut sheet media input Up to 250 sheet tray, top and rear manual feed slots

Media Core Compatibility:
• Media core compatibility: Handles both 2" and 3" cored media
• Max. roll media diameter 4" (2" core) or 6" (3" core)

Thickness, Weight:
• Weight 12 lb bond up to 1.5 mm posterboard

Media Cutter:
• Built-in media cutter: Automatic and manual cutting

Line Accuracy:
• + or - 0.2% of specified page length

Epson Intelligent Ink Cartridge

Ink Cartridge Size:
• 110ml or 220ml each color x 8 colors total

Ink Cartridge Life:
• Ink cartridge shelf life: 2 years from printed production date or 6 months after open.

Lightfastness Ratings:
• Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink
• Color: Up to 108 years²
• B&W: Over 200 years²

Environmental Characteristics

• Operating 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
• Storage -4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)

• * Operating: 20 to 80% relative humidity
• Recommended 40 to 45%
• Storage: 5 to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)

Safety Approvals:
Safety standards: UL1950, CSA 22.2 950 FDA
EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B,
CSA C108.8 class B
AS/NZS 3548 class B


Print Head Life:
* First Major Maintenance Interval (number of 8" x 10" prints)
* 720 x 720 dpi 45,000 prints
* 1440 x 720 dpi 29,500 prints
* 2880 x 1440 dpi 15,200 prints
* When printing in uni-directional mode the above numbers are reduced by half

Cutter Life:
• ~2,000 cuts (coated media)

Maintenance Parts:
• Pump unit, flushing box, head cleaner, cap assembly

Electrical Requirements:

Rated Voltage:
• AC120V or (220V to 240V)

Rated Frequency:
• 50 to 60 Hz

Rated Current:
• 1.0A / 100-120V

Power Consumption:
• Approx. 59W (operating)
• <21W (standby)
• < .7W (power off mode)
• Energy Star Compliant

* ¹ Normal mode based upon SuperFine - 1440 dpi Test results based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc.
* ²Ink lightfastness rating based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under plexi, glass or lamination or properly store them.
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The Epson 9800 employs the Ultrachrome inkset (8 color pigment inkset). By doing so, Epson has focused on solving some of the traditional problems with pigmented inksets, such as limited color gamut (particularly in the reds) and metamerism (prints shifting color in different lighting environments). The Ultrachrome ink drops are individually coated with resin, allowing them to sit on the coated media more smoothly and largely minimize metameristic effects. Variable drop size delivery ensures very smooth tonal range and gradations. And the reds (and almost all other colors) are incredible.

Please also visit these other helpful pages on the Epson 9800 Printer:

Epson 9800
Epson 9800 General Information
Epson Stylus Pro 9800 Media Options
Epson UltraChrome K3 pigment ink technology, for Epson 9800, Epson 7800, and Epson 4800Epson 9800 ink and media
Epson 7800 / 9800 Ink K3 Cyan 220ml - Overview

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