View Full Version : Mono Printing with Epson 1290

16th December 2009, 12:06 PM
I have been using specialist inks from Lyson and Permajet to print my mono images on my Epson 1290 printer with brilliant results. Unfortunately, in the last few months both companies have discontinued their respective products and i am struggling to source an alternative.

First option is importing inks from an American company called MIS at www.inksupply.com (http://www.inksupply.com).
Second option is using colour inks and setting up custom profiles.
Third option of upgrading to a 2100 has to wait until bank balance recovers from the E-620 i've just bought (and still haven't got yet).

1) Anyone dealt with MIS who can comment on service, ink quality etc?

2) Anyone used or still using a 1290 who can offer advice/profiles for mono printing using the epson colour inks?

3) Anyone got a 2100 they would like to donate to a good home? :D


16th December 2009, 12:43 PM
Well, it probably won't give the exact control you want, but I've always been happy with just using the black tank only on my 1290. I've tried using the colour tanks but find it impossible to avoid a colour cast.

16th December 2009, 03:50 PM
I know this will not help you but if the latest Epson A3 printers are like the A4 printers you will not need specialist inks for good B&W.

I changed from Epson to a HP printer with specific black cartridges as I was fed up of colour casts from Epsons colour printing. The HP recently died on me so I got a cheap Epson R285 to see me by, and boy was I suprised when I tried printing a few B&W's, perfect B&W's from the colour cartridges with no hint of a colour cast.:)

So pehaps its time to splash out on a new one.;)

17th December 2009, 08:48 AM
Stephen, I'll try black only and see how it goes. Did you alter any other settings?

Paul, I have a relatively new R series A4 epson (can't remember which one though) and the 1290 has always given me better quality images. Perhaps the latest ones have improved. Will have to check out the January sales.

17th December 2009, 09:10 AM
No, set the driver to Greyscale and the only thing I tend to do is to boost the contrast in the original image as the printer seems to be a little soft as standard. I suppose you could do that in the driver if you wanted to keep the image untouched.

Stephen, I'll try black only and see how it goes. Did you alter any other settings?