Monochrome Printing on the Epson R3000
In Photoshop go to File > Print – the Print Settings dialogue box opens ….
Select the R3000 from the Printer dropdown list and then click on Print Settings ….
Under Media Settings make the following selections ...
Select Photo Black Ink if using glossy or pearl paper.
Select Matt Black Ink if using matt paper.
Select from the dropdown list.
Select Advanced B&W Photo from the dropdown list.
From the dropdown list select Quality Options - Level 4 is more than adequate for A3 prints. Uncheck High Speed.
Click on Advanced to show the following dialogue window ...
In the window shown above ...
From the Color Toning dropdown list select the required tone from the options listed - Neutral, Cool, Warm or Sepia.
From the Tone dropdown list select the required from Light through to Darkest.
The settings here should be selected to your personal preference for the print being processed, but a good starting point is Color Toning - Neutral and Toning - Normal.
The sliders beneath the Before and After images can be used to make fine adjustments to the print output. I use these occasionally, but in general prefer to make any adjustment necessary in Photoshop. I do not use the other sliders.
The Color Wheel serves two purposes the most important of which is to calibrate the B&W output. i.e. to remove a colour cast from the print. Despite the fact that the printer is basically only using black inks a slight colour cast may be present, generally green or magenta which may be corrected by adjusting the Horizontal and/or Vertical position of the + within the Color Wheel. No general guidance can be given as there will always be slight differences between individual printers.
The second function of the Colour Wheel is to tone the image on printing.
It cannot be emphasized too strongly that test prints are generally necessary to fine tune the print output.
Close the Color Controls window by clicking on OK and return to the Properties window ....
The selection here will generally be sheet - for single sheets top fed into the printer, but other options are available from the dropdown list.
Select the paper size from the dropdown list - the selection here will generally be A Series, but other options are available. If you require a borderless print check the Borderless box.
Finally put a check mark in the Print Preview box and click on the Page Layout tab ...
In the Page Layout window the orientation of the image can be set - Portrait or Landscape, but this can also be set in the Print Settings dialogue box by clicking on the appropriate Layout icon under Printer Setup.
When you are satisfied with the settings , based on print output, those settings can be saved by clicking on the Save/Delete button and giving the settings a name, e.g. A3 mono landscape. Saved settings can be recovered from the Select Settings dropdown list.
Close the Properties window by clicking on OK and return to the Print Settings dialogue ....
Although Colour Management is not used in B&W printing it is advisable to select Photoshop Manages Colors as this setting is held by Photoshop and is essential for Color Printing along with the use of a paper profile. Further description relating to Color Printing is outside the scope of this tutorial.
Print Position and Size
The final step prior to printing is to size and position the image on the paper. Invariably sizing is done in Photoshop – Image > Image Size, but can be done equally well in the Position and Size dialogue box.
If the print is to be matted Centre should be selected, but if the print is to be sent to Exhibition unmounted it may be preferable to set it off centre vertically using the Top margin setting.
Scaled Print Size
If the print has been sized in Photoshop the Scale will be set at 100%, but if a different size is required the Scale may be adjusted either in the Scale box or by dragging on the Bounding Box which surrounds the preview image.
NB - Scale to Fit Media – this option will scale the image to fit the paper as closely as possible with a minimal border.
This completes the Print Setup – click on Print ….