Introducing the Epson® Designer Edition Series
Epson Professional Imaging Division
Sales Reference Guide Version 1.0aE
Welcome to Our Next Generation
It was only a matter of time before our engineers found a way
to push ink jet technology to the next level.
By incorporating the latest technologies in Epson printer hardware and EFI®
software, the Epson Stylus® Pro 3880 / 4900 / 7890 / 9890 Designer Editions
offers graphic designers our most advanced solution ever.
– The Epson Professional Imaging Team –
Epson Designer Edition Series
Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Epson Stylus Pro 7890
Epson Stylus Pro 9890
Epson Stylus Pro 3880, 4900, 7890, and 9890 Designer Editions
Epson Designer Edition Series
EFI RIP for Epson Feature Set Highlights
Newly Designed Easy-to-Use User Interface
Complete Support for the Epson Professional Media Line
True Adobe® PostScript® 3 and PDF Print Engine 2.0
Professional Level CMYK & RGB color matching
Advanced SPOT color management system
IDEAlliance & Ugra/Fogra Standard Control Strips Included
RGB data formats supported for exceptional photography
Designer Editions Ship with EFI RIP for Epson, Printer,
Incorporates Epson AccuPhoto™ HD & HDR Screening
and Starter Ink Cartridges.
(7890 & 9890 include Printer Stand and Media Catch Bin)
Epson Stylus® Pro 3880 Designer Edition (17”)
Epson Stylus® Pro 4900 Designer Edition (17”)
Increased productivity with Contact Sheets & Custom Templates
Pro 7890 Designer Edition (24”)
Epson Stylus® Pro 9890 Designer Edition (44”)
Automatic and Manual Job Collections to Reduce Media Waste
Cross-Platform support on both Mac and Windows
Hot-Folders and Virtual Printer for flexible workgroup solution
Automatic RIP and Media Updates via Internet
World-Class Service and Support Directly From Epson
Contact your local reseller for the latest pricing information.
(Pricing shown is MSRP. RIP Not Sold Separately by Epson)
EFI RIP for Epson Feature Set
Epson Stylus Pro Designer Edition Series
True Adobe PostScript 3 & PDF Print Engine 2.0
Epson Designer Edition Series
The Latest Adobe CPSI 3018 Core
– Complete compatibility with the latest design software suites from Adobe.
– Handles virtually every industry file format including - EPS, TIFF, PDF, PS, JPEG, and Layered PSD.
Intelligent PDF Processing
– Capable of processing only the pages you’re printing, not the entire multi-page PDF.
– All forms of PDF cropping are now supported.
Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.0 Drives Integrated End-to-End PDF Workflows
– User selectable between standard CPSI and Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.0.
– Complete compatibility with the latest design software suites from Adobe.
Enhanced 16-Bit Spot Color Simulation
Epson Designer Edition Series
More Precise Method to Find the Best Possible Spot Color Simulations
– New 16-bit math handles the precise definition of L*a*b* values to find the best color match possible.
– Even for challenging spot colors, the ideal color values are automatically identified.
– No user interaction is required.
Complete Spot Color Library Support
– Built-in PANTONE® coated & uncoated, HKS, Toyo, and DIC spot color libraries.
Create Custom Spot Colors for Client-Specific Requirements
– Creation of unique spot colors via L*a*b* values for extremely accurate simulation.
– Also supports spot colors defined by specific CMYK, CMYKOG, and CMYKRGB percentages.
High Performance RIP Software
Epson Designer Edition Series
Flexible Printing Workflow with Hot Folder and Virtual Printer Support
– Multiple printing paths for easy tailoring to your existing workflow.
– Complete control over print settings from RIP Interface and Virtual Printer.
Efficient Processing of Complex Files
– Free resources on your computer with file processing offloaded to the RIP software.
– Process only selected pages in multi-page design files to save valuable time.
RIP Optimized for the Latest Microsoft® and Apple® Operating Systems
– Takes full advantage of the latest technology – including multiple core processors.
– Compatible with Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, and Windows XP®.
Note: EFI eXpress software for Windows is a 32-bit application that is compatible with 64-bit Operation Systems.
– Compatible with Mac OS® X Leopard® and Snow Leopard®.
Flexible Job Ticket and Control Strip Printing
Epson Designer Edition Series
Customizable Job Ticket Information
– Adjustable font size, job ticket width, distance between print job, etc.
– User selectable job ticket information with preset capability.
– Supports the use of your own company logo.
Auto-positioning of Job Ticket and Color Control Strips
– Depending upon available space, both the control strip and job ticket information will automatically be
positioned below the actual print job.
– Industry Standard IDEAlliance ISO-12647-7 2009 Control Strips and Ugra/Fogra Media Wedges included.
Note: EFI eXpress does not natively support spectrophotometers, such as the Epson SpectroProofer.
Actual Example of Automatic Job Ticket Labeling
Photographic RGB Workflow
Epson Stylus Pro Designer Edition Series
Photographic RGB Workflow
Epson Designer Edition Series
Additional complete workflow designed with Photographers in mind
– Quickly create contact sheets with automatic layout to minimize media usage.
– Customizable Multi-Image Templates Simplify Printing and Save Valuable Time.
Job Nesting & Visual Layout tools
– Improve productivity and reduce media waste by nesting jobs together.
Supports Popular Photographic File Format
– Multi-Layer Photoshop PSDs, TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, ImageEPS, and ImagePDF.
Support for EXIF Camera Information
– Camera setting information (Exposure, Aperture, GPS data, etc) can be included on Job Ticket.
Professional Media Support
Epson Stylus Pro Designer Edition Series
Complete Support for the Epson Professional Media Line
Epson Designer Edition Series
Epson Professional Media Support Already Built-in
– The expensive and time-consuming process of adding a new media has already been done by Epson.
– Our entire line of Epson Professional Media is already calibrated for optimal performance.
Epson Offers the Best Professional Media Line in the Industry
– Extensive line-up of proofing media for both commercial and flexographic proofing requirements.
– Epson proofing media meets the exacting standards for many industry specifications.
– Complete Signature Worthy® Media support for unsurpassed Photographic and Fine-Art Reproduction.
– Extensive quality assurance to ensure consistent and reliable media performance over time.
Expandable ICC Profile Library to Support New Media Products
– Quickly update Epson Media Profiles within the EFI eXpress software via Online Update tool.
– Easily add ICC Profiles for 3rd-party media products.
World-Class Service and Support
Service and Optional Protection Plans
The Entire Epson Designer Edition Solution is Supported Directly by Epson
– EFI eXpress for Epson software is covered under our standard Epson Preferredsm Protection Plan.
Standard One Year Limited Warranty
– Free technical support available Monday through Friday to answer any questions you may have.
– Regardless of RIP or printer problems, you only call one number for all your support requirements.
– Coverage remains free of charge while you are under warranty with Epson.
Optional One and Two Year Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans Available
– When you upgrade your standard one year warranty with an additional one or two-year service plan, you
are also covering all your EFI eXpress RIP technical support needs.
Bug Fixes and Maintenance Updates are Free
– When a bug fix or maintenance release is required, you get it free over the built-in internet updater.
– Any major feature release may require additional costs.
Product Feature Comparison
Epson Designer Edition Series
Printer Feature
Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Epson Stylus Pro 7890
Epson Stylus Pro 9890
Maximum Printer Width
Pigment Ink Technology
Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta
Epson UltraChrome HDR
Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta
Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta
Maximum Resolution / Smallest Droplet Size
2880 x 1440 / 3.5 pl
2880 x 1440 / 3.5 pl
2880 x 1440 / 3.5 pl
2880 x 1440 / 3.5 pl
Print Head Technology / Number of Channels
Epson MicroPiezo AMC / 8-Channel
Epson MicroPiezo TFP / 10-Channel
Epson MicroPiezo TFP / 8-Channel
Epson MicroPiezo TFP / 8-Channel
Number of Print Head Nozzles
180 x 8-Colors
360 x 10-Colors
360 x 8-Colors
360 x 8-Colors
Expanded Gamut with Orange & Green Inks
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Auto-Switching Black Ink Technologies
Ink Cartridge Sizes Available
80 ml
200 ml
150 ml / 350 ml / 700 ml
150 ml / 350 ml / 700 ml
CMYK Optimized Screening Module (Proofing)
RGB Optimized Screening Module (Photo)
Epson AccuPhoto HD2
Epson AccuPhoto HDR
Epson AccuPhoto HD
Epson AccuPhoto HD
Add Custom ICC Media Profiles
SpectroProofer Support (by EFI eXpress RIP)
Not Applicable
Not Supported
Not Supported
Not Supported
Roll Handling / Maximum Roll Width
Not Applicable
2” or 3” Core Media / up to 17” Wide
2” or 3” Core Media / up to 24” Wide
2” or 3” Core Media / up to 44” Wide
Sheet Handling / Sheet Size
Multi-sheet Tray / 4”x6” to 17”x22”
Multi-sheet Cassette / 8”x10” to 17”x24” Single-sheet / 8.27”x11” to 24” wide
Single-sheet / 8.27”x11” to 44” wide
Simultaneous Active Roll & Sheet
Border Free Sheet / Roll
Sheet - All Sides / Roll - Not Applicable Sheet - Left & Right Edge / Roll - Yes
Sheet - Left & Right Edge / Roll - Yes
Sheet - Left & Right Edge / Roll - Yes
Paper Catch Mechanism
Catch Basket
Catch Basket
Media Cutting System
Not Applicable
Yes - Internal Automatic Rotary Cutter
Yes - Internal Automatic Rotary Cutter Yes - Internal Automatic Rotary Cutter
Standard Connectivity
Epson Drivers for PC & MAC / USB 2.0 & 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
Standard Limited Warranty
1-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan (Exchange)
1-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan (On-Site)
Dimensions (Width x Depth x Height) / Weight
27”x15”x10” (Desktop) / 43.2 lbs
34”x30”x16” (Desktop) / 115 lbs
54”x27”x48” (Floor Standing) / 187 lbs 74”x27”x48” (Floor Standing) / 256 lbs
Designer Edition MSRP
Why to Buy?
Epson Designer Edition Series
The Perfect Solution for Graphic Designers
Accurate Color Matching for your most demanding CMYK and Spot Colors
Complete Support for Epson Professional Media Products
Powerful Workflow-Based RIP Solution for Complete Client File Compatibility
Both Adobe Postscript 3 and Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.0 Interpreters
Easy to Use Interface
Customizable Workflows for both Graphic Designers and Photographers to Increase Productivity
Easy Trouble-Free Installation with Setup Wizard
Ready for the Future of Your Printing Business
Aggressively Priced Bundle - Everything in One Box
EFI eXpress 4.1 for Epson
Screen Shots
EFI eXpress 4.1 for Epson User Interface
EFI eXpress 4.1 for Epson - Automatic Layout Template
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Cartridge yields vary considerably based on images printed, print settings, paper type, frequency of use and temperature.
For print quality, a variable amount of ink remains in the cartridge after the “replace cartridge” indicator comes on.
The printer(s) ships with ink cartridges and part of the ink from the first cartridges is used for priming the printer.
All stated cartridge volumes are fill volumes.
See for more information about ink cartridges.
Epson, Epson Stylus, Epson UltraChrome HDR, Epson UltraChrome K3, SpectroProofer, and MicroPiezo TFP are trademarks or registered trademarks
of Seiko Epson Corp. AccuPhoto, AMC, and Signature Worthy are trademarks of Epson America, Inc.
Epson Preferred is a service marks of Epson America, Inc.
EFI is a registered trademark of Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Epson disclaims any and all rights to these trademarks.
© Epson America, Inc. 2011
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