Originally Posted by: Lumineyrie
I hope it's okay to pose this question here rather than a new thread - I'm using an Epson ET-8500 with my Mac and getting great prints but the paper makes such a huge difference! There is just enough smearing from the printer wheels on vinyl that I'm looking for optimal settings again before wasting much more paper. This may be a good question as Josh has mentioned before about optimal settings, but with the latest update to system print setup dialogues, Premium Presentation Paper Matte is no longer an option! What new option should we be using with mac + inkjet + printable vinyl? The relevant options seem to be coated, photo matte, and the only option that says premium anymore is 'ultra premium photo paper luster'. Thank you so much in advance.
As detailed in the posts above, Apple's reliance on their AirPrint functionality can sometimes alter or simplify the options that would normally be available using traditional print drivers. I suspect that may be the reason the options you've used in the past now appear differently.
Of the paper type settings you listed, I'd try the "photo matte" setting first, and then potentially try the "ultra premium photo paper luster" setting if you're still unhappy with the results. The print quality setting could make an impact as well. Printing with the highest or best print quality setting may lead to over-saturation and smearing. If you're experiencing smearing even after adjusting the paper type setting you may need to reduce the print quality setting to improve the results. I've typically experienced the best results when using a photo paper type coupled with the normal or default quality setting.
We don't currently offer an inkjet printable vinyl material. The settings listed above would be suggested for use with our weatherproof matte inkjet
material, but if you're using printable vinyl from another company I can't say for certain how well these settings will work. Unfortunately, I don't have access to a Mac computer so I'm unable to test the more limited settings offered by their AirPrint functionality.
I hope this helps. If you need any additional information please just let us know.