Hi Walker and all members of the forum, I hope you are doing all right and escaping the heat of the summer in your labs…
I come back with some questions related to paper settings when printing negatives with piezoDN and using a x900 machine…following this thread of a few months ago. I had to stop for a while any tests or printing, but now it is time to focus on Pt printing…
I have recently been talking with Keith about the incidence of paper settings on the printing when using QTR and Print Tool. When using a 3800 machine for instance, the only thing you can change on the printer panel is the Platen Gap… all other settings can only be adjusted through the Epson Driver. As QTR and Print Tool overrides the Epson driver, that means the only thing you can adjust - set up when printing from a 3800 is the platen gap. Is this correct or are we missing something?
Now, I am not using a 3800, but a 9900 printer, and this printer allows you to set up the paper settings on the printer panel. On the printer, you can choose a “canned” paper set up… So far I have used the “others> heavy weight polyester” since I considered it to be the closest thing to Pictorico paper?
Otherwise, one can also choose a custom paper, and choose the paper type (you recommended photo gloss 170), and all other kinds of parameters, like platen gap, thickness pattern, paper feed, etc.
My questions (and those for other users of x900 machines):
Do ALL these paper settings that can be set up through a custom paper influence the quality of the negatives when using PiezoDN system, or are they override by QTR?
If they do have an influence, could we assume that the optimum parameters for all users of the same printer (9900), same inks and same substrate (Pictorico Ultra) are universal? What do you use on your 9900 printer at Cone Editions for instance?
Based on your answers on this thread, I concluded that you recommended to select:
Paper type: I suppose I have to choose Photo Paper Glossy 170?
Platen gap: Narrow
Thickness: I can not choose any value… I can print a thickness pattern… what does this mean? Do I need to print that on actual pictorico paper? I have read some people having problems when printing with pictorico to align heads etc… since the printer is not able to read anything on transparent paper, and therefore glossy photo paper has to be used instead… ?
Paper feed adjust: I can print a pattern, or choose a value with a range of -0.70 % to +0.70 % … ? Do we need to print a pattern on Pictorico paper? or choose a certain value? How can we test this in order to choose or is it irrelevant?
Drying time: I can choose a number of seconds from 0 to 10 seconds… what to choose?
Paper suction: I can choose Standard, or -1 up to -4… ?
Sorry to bother again, but I suppose that if these parameters influence the quality of the printed negatives, then they are really important! Maybe a little chapter on the PiezoDN manual about this might be useful, I have heard some other users wondering the same thing as it can be a bit confusing…
Thanks very much in advance to you and any other forum member who has gone through these divagations with a x900 printer.