User`s guide | Alps Electric MD-5000P Printer User Manual

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Online User’s Guide
for Windows 3.1, 95/98
Contents
Table of Contents
Various Printing Operations .......................... 4
Printing on Photographic-Quality Paper (4" x 6") ...................... 10
Printing on Photographic-Quality Labels ................................... 16
VPhoto Color Printing on VPhoto Print Film .............................. 22
VPhoto Color Printing on VPhoto Paper .................................... 25
VPhoto Color Printing on Plain Paper ....................................... 28
VPhoto Color Printing on Photo Realistic Labels ...................... 31
Full Color & Photo Realistic Finishing (Glossy Finish) .............. 34
Printing Method .................................................................... 34
Printing in Spot Color ................................................................ 36
Single Ink Printing .................................................................. 37
Multiple Inks Printing .............................................................. 41
Simultaneous Metallics & CMYK Inks Printing ....................... 49
Printing in Foil Color .................................................................. 56
Types of Foil Color Printing .................................................. 56
Single Foil Color Printing ........................................................ 57
Multi Foil Color Printing .......................................................... 61
Simultaneous Full Color + Foil Color Printing ......................... 67
Printing Greeting Cards ............................................................. 72
Printing on Back Print Film ........................................................ 75
Examples.............................................................................. 81
Making Iron-on Transfers ........................................................... 82
Examples.............................................................................. 87
Printing on Overhead Transparencies ....................................... 88
Undercoating with a VPhoto Primer Ink Cartridge ..................... 92
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Table of Contents
Printer Driver ................................................. 96
Printer Driver Setup Dialog Box ................................................. 97
How to Open the Printer Driver Setup Dialog Box ............... 97
Name and Functions of Each Item of the MD-5000 Dialog Box 98
Settings in Each Tab .................................................................. 99
Document/Quality Tab .......................................................... 99
Paper Tab ........................................................................... 104
Image Settings Tab ............................................................. 106
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Learning to Use the Many Functions of Your Printer
The MD-5000P not only prints outstanding monochrome
and full color images but also offers a wide variety of
other options, including printing in foil or metallic color
and printing on iron-on transfer sheets, photo labels,
and greeting cards. This chapter will show you how to
use these useful functions step by step. Read Chapter 1
of this guide and learn the basic operations of your printer
before reading this chapter. We hope you will take full
advantage of the many functions of your printer.
Various Printing Operations
Various Printing Operations
Various Printing Operations
Photographic-Quality Color Printing
This section describes how to print Photographic-Quality Color images on PhotographicQuality Paper.With Photographic-Quality Color printing, you can print continuous-tone
images with the same high quality as photographs. In Photographic-Quality Color printing, you can also print with an overcoat ink that produces a smooth, shiny surface like a
photograph.
Requirements
You need the following items for Photographic-Quality Color printing.
• Ink cartridges
Make sure that you use only the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges listed
below.
Photo Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 105812-00)
Photo Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 105814-00)
Photo Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 105816-00)
Photo Overcoat ink cartridge (Part No. 105818-00)
• Media
Photographic-Quality Paper (8.5" x 11") (Part No. 105822-00)
• The guide sheet (the thick paper with the written description) included with
the set of paper sheets
Caution
Always use Photographic-Quality Paper for Photographic-Quality Color printing. Failure to do so can damage the printer as
well as the cartridge ribbon. Up to 20 sheets of paper can be
loaded into the sheet feeder at once.
Print surfaces that have been overcoated cannot be used for
subsequent printing. If you attempt to do so, the printer may
malfunction.
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Various Printing Operations
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to be Printed
Use any application to create the image or document you want to
print.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Photographic-Quality Ink Cartridges
Install the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges may be installed in any order.
Step 3¨
¨ Load the Photographic-Quality Paper (8.5"x 11") in Your
Printer
You may use either automatic feed mode or manual feed mode to
load the paper into your printer.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
Paper feed switch “A”
2.
Paper feed switch “M”
For automatic feeding, load the guide sheet supplied with
the paper into the sheet feeder, placing the printed side
facing down. Then, place the Photographic-Quality Paper
on this sheet. Only the glossy side of the PhotographicQuality Paper is printable, so be sure to load the sheets
with the glossy, printable side up. When handling sheets,
hold the bent top of the guide sheet only to avoid smearing or discoloring the glossy printing surface.
guide sheet
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3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper in the sheet
feeder, and press the ready / insert button.
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Note
Only the glossy surface of paper can be subjected to Photographic-Quality printing. Since the opposite surface cannot be
printed on, make sure the paper is correctly oriented.
Important
• You may load as many as 20 sheets of Photographic-Quality
Paper at one time.
• Fan the sheets before loading them on the sheet feeder. The
printer may feed more than one sheet at one time when they
are stuck together.
• If you do not load the guide sheet with the PhotographicQuality Paper, the final sheet may not feed properly.
• Always use the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges to print
on the Photographic-Quality Paper. Printing with any other
combination can damage the cartridge ribbon as well as the
paper.
• Remove both the Photographic-Quality Paper and the guide
sheet before loading any other type of paper.
• The guide sheet is not reusable. When you load a new set of
Photographic-Quality Paper, make sure that you load them
with the new guide sheet from the same package.
• Note that when all the Photographic-Quality Paper has been
fed from the sheet feeder, the printer will detect that the paper feeder is empty and will not feed the guide sheet. If you
try to feed the guide sheet through the printer, it may get
damaged. Do not use a damaged guide sheet in the printer.
• Keep both used and unused sheets away from heat, humidity, dust, and direct sunlight.
• The printed image on the Photographic-Quality Paper may
discolor. Keep it out of contact with plastic, such as document holders, wallet windows, erasers, hairdressing items,
and cosmetic items.
• Keep all unused sheets in the original bag.
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Various Printing Operations
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu.
The following dialog box appears.
2.
Click Properties.
The Document Type dialog box in the ALPS MD-5000P dialog
box appears.-
Note
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box of
ALPS MD-5000P driver may slightly differ from one application
to another.
3.
Select Graphics/Text or Photographs from the Document
Types setting in the Document/Quality Tab.
4.
Select Photographic Paper from the Media Type setting.
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Various Printing Operations
5.
When the following notice window appears, confirm the
contents, and click OK.
6.
Change other necessary settings.
7.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Note
If you select Photographic Paper from the Media Type setting,
the overcoat finishing will be automatically provided. It is recommended to print with the overcoat. However, if printing with
the overcoat is not desired, click the More Setting button, and
then uncheck the Glossy Finish check-box in the Option setting.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box, and printing will start.
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Various Printing Operations
Printing on Photographic-Quality Paper (4" x 6")
This section describes how to print Photographic-Quality Color images on PhotographicQuality Paper. With Photographic-Quality Color printing, you can print continuous-tone
images with the same high quality as photographs. In Photographic-Quality Color printing, you can also print with an overcoat ink that produces a smooth, shiny surface like a
photograph.
Requirements
You need the following items for Photographic-Quality Color printing.
• Ink cartridges
Make sure that you use only the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges listed
below.
Photo Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 105812-00)
Photo Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 105814-00)
Photo Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 105816-00)
Photo Overcoat ink cartridge (Part No. 105818-00)
• Media
Photographic-Quality Paper (4" x 6") (Part No. 105824-00)
• The guide sheet (the thick paper with the written description) included with
the set of paper sheets
Important
Make sure that none of your Photographic-Quality Paper is
warped more than 0.2" / 5 mm. Warped sheets can cause unsatisfactory print results.
0.2" / 5mm or less
0.2" / 5mm or less
Each sheet should have a warp of 0.2" / 5 mm or less when placed
on a flat surface.
Important
• Always use Photographic-Quality Paper for PhotographicQuality Color printing. Failure to do so can damage the printer
as well as the cartridge ribbon. Up to 20 sheets of paper can
be loaded into the sheet feeder at once.
• Print surfaces that have been overcoated cannot be used for
subsequent printing. If you attempt to do so, the printer may
malfunction.
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Various Printing Operations
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to be Printed
Use any application to create the image or document you want to
print.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Photographic-Quality Ink Cartridges
Install the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges may be installed in any order.
¨ Load the Photographic-Quality Paper (4"x 6") in Your
Step 3¨
Printer
You may use either automatic feed mode or manual feed mode to
load the paper into your printer.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
Paper feed switch “A”
Paper feed switch “M”
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Various Printing Operations
2.
For automatic feeding, load the guide sheet supplied with
the paper into the sheet feeder, placing the printed side
facing down. Then, place the Photographic-Quality Paper
on the guide sheet. Only the glossy side of the Photographic-Quality Paper is printable, so be sure to load the
sheets with the glossy, printable side up. When handling
sheets, hold the bent top of the guide sheet only to avoid
smearing or discoloring the glossy printing surface.
guide sheet
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper in the sheet
feeder, and press the ready / insert button.
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y / in
se
rt
Note
Only the glossy surface of paper can be subjected to Photographic-Quality printing. Since the opposite surface cannot be
printed on, make sure the paper is correctly oriented.
Important
• You may load as many as 20 sheets of Photographic-Quality
Paper at one time.
• Fan the sheets before loading them on the sheet feeder. The
printer may feed more than one sheet at one time when they
are stuck together.
• If you do not load the guide sheet with the PhotographicQuality Paper, the final sheet may not feed properly.
• Always use the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges to print
on the Photographic-Quality Paper. Printing with any other
combination can damage the cartridge ribbon as well as the
paper.
• Remove both the Photographic-Quality Paper and the guide
sheet before loading any other type of paper.
• The guide sheet is not reusable. When you load a new set of
Photographic-Quality Paper, make sure that you load them
with the new guide sheet from the same package.
• Note that when all the Photographic-Quality Paper has been
fed from the sheet feeder, the printer will detect that the paper feeder is empty and will not feed the guide sheet. If you
try to feed the guide sheet through the printer, it may get
damaged. Do not use a damaged guide sheet in the printer.
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Various Printing Operations
• Keep both used and unused sheets away from heat, humidity, dust, and direct sunlight.
• A printed image on Photographic-Quality Paper may discolor.
Keep it out of contact with plastic, such as document holders, wallet windows, erasers, hairdressing items, and cosmetic items.
• Keep all unused sheets in the original bag.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu.
The following dialog box appears.
2.
Click Properties.
The Document Type dialog box in the ALPS MD-5000P dialog
box appears.
Important
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box of
ALPS MD-5000P driver may slightly differ from one application
to another.
3.
Select Graphics/Text, or Photographs from the Document
Types setting in the Document/Quality Tab.
4.
Select Photographic Paper from the Media Type setting.
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Various Printing Operations
5.
When the following notice window appears, confirm the
contents and click OK.
6.
Select Photo Paper 4 x 6 in from the Paper Size setting in
the Paper Tab.
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7.
Change other necessary settings.
8.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Note
If you select Photographic Paper from the Media Type setting,
the overcoat finishing will be automatically provided. It is recommended to print with the overcoat. However, if printing with
the overcoat is not desired, click the More Setting button, and
then uncheck the Glossy Finish check-box in the Option setting.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box and printing will start.
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Various Printing Operations
Printing on Photographic-Quality Labels
This section describes how to print Photographic Quality Color images on PhotographicQuality Labels. The Photographic-Quality Labels are available in the following two types.
Photographic-Quality Labels (20 stickers) Photographic-Quality Labels (2 stickers)
(Part No. 105850-00)
(Part No. 105848-00)
Photographic-Quality Labels may be used with a variety of items, such as business
cards, greeting cards and name tags.
Requirements
You need the following items for printing on the Photographic-Quality Labels.
• Ink cartridges
Make sure that you use only the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges listed
below.
Photo Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 105812-00)
Photo Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 105814-00)
Photo Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 105816-00)
Photo Overcoat ink cartridge (Part No. 105818-00)
• Media
Photographic-Quality Labels (2 stickers) (Part No. 105848-00)
or
Photographic-Quality Labels (20 stickers) (Part No. 105850-00)
• The guide sheet (the thick paper with the written description) included with
the set of paper sheets
Important
• Always use the above listed ALPS Photographic-Quality Labels. Using some other types of paper can cause the printer
to malfunction.
• Print surfaces that have been overcoated cannot be used for
subsequent printing. If you attempt to do so, the printer may
malfunction.
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Various Printing Operations
Step 1¨
¨ Create Data for Printing on Photographic-Quality Labels
Use the application of your choice to create the text and graphics
you want, and lay them out within the printable area of a Photographic-Quality Label.
The following explanation will assume the use of PhotographicQuality Labels (2 stickers). Follow the same general sequence
when you use Photographic-Quality Labels (20 stickers).
Photographic-Quality Labels templates have been prepared in the
Label folder of the ALPS Installation CD-ROM included in the package. When creating data using those templates, please see the
section “How to Use Templates” on the ALPS Installation CD-ROM
for instructions. You may use them, or employ some other
application to lay out the data according to the print format shown
below.
20 stickers
2 stickers
2.95"
0.33"
0.49"
0.78"
0.78"
0.67"
0.87"
0.14"
2.05"
6.46"
0.8"
6.46"
0.2"
3.94"
3.94"
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Photographic-Quality Ink Cartridges
Install the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges may be installed in any order.
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Various Printing Operations
Step 3¨
¨ Load the Photographic-Quality Labels in Your Printer
You may use either automatic feed mode or manual feed mode to
load the paper into your printer.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position "M"; for automatic feed mode, set it to "A".
Paper feed switch “A”
2.
Paper feed switch “M”
For automatic feeding, load the guide sheet supplied with
the paper into the sheet feeder, placing the printed side
facing down. Then, place the Photographic-Quality Labels
on the guide sheet. Only the glossy side of the Photographic-Quality Labels is printable, so be sure to load the
sheets with the glossy, printable side up. When handling
sheets, hold the bent top of the guide sheet only to avoid
smearing or discoloring the glossy printing surface.
guide sheet
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper in the sheet
feeder, and press the ready / insert button.
read
y / in
sert
Note
Only the glossy surface of paper can be subjected to Photographic-Quality printing. Since the opposite surface cannot be
printed on, make sure the paper is correctly orientated.
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Various Printing Operations
Important
• You may load as many as 20 sheets of Photographic-Quality
Labels at one time.
• Fan the sheets before loading them on the sheet feeder. The
printer may feed more than one sheet at one time when they
are stuck together.
• If you do not load the guide sheet with the PhotographicQuality Labels, the final sheet may not feed properly.
• Always use the Photographic-Quality ink cartridges to print
on the Photographic-Quality Labels. Printing with any other
combination can damage the cartridge ribbon as well as the
paper.
• Remove both the Photographic-Quality Labels and the guide
sheet before loading any other type of paper.
• The guide sheet is not reusable. When you load a new set of
Photographic-Quality Labels, make sure that you load them
with the new guide sheet from the same package.
• Note that when all the Photographic-Quality Labels have been
fed from the sheet feeder, the printer will detect that the paper feeder is empty and will not feed the guide sheet. If you
try to feed the guide sheet through the printer, it may get
damaged. Do not use a damaged guide sheet in the printer.
• Keep both used and unused sheets away from heat, humidity, dust, and direct sunlight.
• The printed image on Photographic-Quality Labels may discolor. Keep it out of contact with plastic, such as document
holders, wallet windows, erasers, hairdressing items, and cosmetic items.
• Keep all unused sheets in the original bag.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu.
The following dialog box appears.
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Various Printing Operations
2.
Click Properties.
The Document Type dialog box in the ALPS MD-5000P dialog
box appears.
Important
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box of
ALPS MD-5000P driver may slightly differ from one application
to another.
3.
Select Graphics/Text, or Photographs from the Document
Types setting in the Document/Quality Tab.
4.
Select Photographic Label from the Media Type setting.
5.
When the following notice window appears, confirm the
contents and click OK.
6.
Change other necessary settings.
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Various Printing Operations
7.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Note
If you select Photographic Label from the Media Type setting,
the overcoat finishing will be automatically provided. It is recommended to print with the overcoat. However, if printing with
the overcoat is not desired, click the More Setting button, and
then uncheck the Glossy Finish check-box in the Option setting.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box, and printing will start.
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Various Printing Operations
VPhoto Color Printing on VPhoto Print Film
This section describes how to print images on Vphoto print film. Photogravure-like
quality can be achieved by printing images on VPhoto print film with Micro DryTM standard
inks. This is very effective when printing multicolored images like computer graphics
(CG).
Requirements
You need the following items for VPhoto Color printing.
• Media
VPhoto Print Film (8.5" x 11") (Part No. 105829-00)
• Ink Cartridges
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
Caution
VPhoto Print Film is very adhesive. When loading the multiple
sheets, fan them thoroughly before loading to make sure that
they do not adhere to one another. Keep unused sheets in the
package for strage.
For best results, use single sheet and manual feed.
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Step 1¨
Create the image or document you want to print by arranging
texts, graphic objects, photographs, etc. with any application.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install the total of five ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, black,
and finish II) into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges
may be installed in any order.
For details, please refer to the section entitled “Installing Ink Cartridges” in Chapter 1.
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Step 3¨
¨ Load the VPhoto Print Film (8.5" x 11") in Your Printer
You may use either automatic feed mode or manual feed mode to
load the film into your printer.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
2.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
3.
For automatic feeding, extend the paper support for two
clicks, then load only one sheet.
Note
VPhoto Print Film is very adhesive. When loading the multiple
sheets, fan them thoroughly before loading to make sure that
they do not adhere to one another. Keep unused sheets in the
package for strage.
For best results, use single sheet and manual feed.
4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of VPhoto Print Film
in the sheet feeder, and press the ready/insert button.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
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2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Select Automatic, Photographs, or Graphics/Text from the
Document Type depending on the document to be printed.
4.
Select VPhoto Print Film from the Media Type setting.
5.
Change the necessary settings.
6.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Note
When VPhoto Print Film is selected from the Media Type, Glossy
Finish is automatically set. We recommend that glossy finish
be normally provided. If you do not want to obtain glossy finish,
click the More Settings button, then uncheck the Glossy Finish
check box in the More Settings dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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Various Printing Operations
VPhoto Color Printing on VPhoto Paper
This section describes how to print images on VPhoto Paper. Photogravure-like quality
can be achieved by printing images on VPhoto Paper with Micro DryTM standard inks.
This is very effective when printing multicolored images like computer graphics (CG).
Requirement
You need the following items for Vphoto Color printing.
• Media
VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus) (Part No. 105831-00)
Important
Make sure that none of your Vphoto Paper is warped more than
0.2"/5 mm. Warped sheets can cause unsatisfactory print results.
0.2" / 5mm or less
0.2" / 5mm or less
Each sheet should have a warp of 0.2" or less when placed on a
flat surface.
• Ink Cartridges
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Step 1¨
Create the image or document you want to print by arranging
texts, graphic objects, photographs, etc. with any application.
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Various Printing Operations
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install the total of five ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, black,
and finish II) into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges
may be installed in any order.
For details, please refer to the section entitled “Installing Ink Cartridges” in Chapter 1.
Step 3¨
¨ Load the VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus) in Your Printer
1.
For both manual and automatic feed modes, set the paper
feed switch to position “M”.
2.
For continuous printing in the automatic feed mode, use
the paper stopper.
Note
• You may load as many as 20 sheets of VPhoto Paper (4x6"
Plus) at one time.
• Fan the sheets before loading them in the sheet feeder. The
printer may feed more than one sheet at one time when the
VPhoto Paper are stuck together.
3.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of VPhoto Paper (4x6"
Plus) in the sheet feeder, and press the ready/insert button.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
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2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Select Automatic, Photographs, or Graphics/Text from the
Document Type depending on the document to be printed.
4.
Select VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus) from the Media Type setting.
5.
Change the necessary settings.
6.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Note
When VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus) is selected from the Media Type,
Glossy Finish is automatically set. We recommend that glossy
finish be normally provided. If you do not want to obtain glossy
finish, click the More Settings button, then uncheck the Glossy
Finish check box in the More Settings dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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VPhoto Color Printing on Plain Paper
This section describes how to print VPhoto color images on plain paper. Photogravurelike quality can be achieved by printing VPhoto color images on plain paper. This is
very effective when printing multi-colored images like computer graphics (CG).
Requirement
You need the following items for VPhoto Color printing.
• Media
High Grade Paper (Part No. 106085-00) or Plain Paper
• Ink Cartridges
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
VPhoto Primer ink cartridge (Part No. 105142-00)
Note
VPhoto Primer ink fills unevenness of the paper surface, so that
the similar print quality as printing on VPhoto Print Film can be
achieved. To print the Photo Quality images on plain paper, use
VPoto Primer ink.
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Create the image or document you want to print by arranging
texts, graphic objects, photographs, etc. with any application.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install the necessary ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders.
The ink cartridges may be installed in any order.
For details, please refer to the section entitled “Installing Ink Cartridges” in Chapter 1.
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Step 3¨
¨ Load the Paper in Your Printer
You may use either automatic feed mode or manual feed mode to
load the paper into your printer.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
2.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
3.
For automatic feeding, fully extend the paper support.
4.
For automatic feeding, load two or more sheets in the sheet
feeder.
5.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper in the sheet
feeder, and press the ready/insert button.
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
Step 4¨
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Select Automatic, Photographs, or Graphics/Text from the
Document Type depending on the document to be printed.
4.
Select Plain Paper for plain paper, and Laser Paper for
High Grade Paper from the Media Type setting.
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5. Set Print Mode to VPhoto Color.
Note
• When Laser Paper and VPhoto Color are selected from the
Media Type and Print Mode, respectively, Glossy Finish is
automatically set. We recommend that glossy finish be normally provided. If you do not want to obtain glossy finish,
click the More Settings button, then uncheck the Glossy
Finish check box in the More Settings dialog box.
• When Plain Paper and VPhoto Color are selected from the
Media Type and Print Mode, respectively, VPhoto Premier (Undercoat) and Glossy Finish are automatically set. (VPhoto
Premier (Undercoat) is set when Automatic, Photographs, or
Graphics/Text is selected from Document Type.) We recommend that glossy finish be normally provided. If you do not
want to obtain glossy finish, click the More Settings button,
then uncheck the Glossy Finish check box in the More
Settings dialog box.
6.
Change the necessary settings.
7.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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VPhoto Color Printing on Photo Realistic Labels
This section describes how to print VPhoto Color images on Photo Realistic Labels.
Photo Realistic Labels may be used as photo stickers. Prepare the image you want to
print using a scanner or a digital camera, then layout it out within the printable area of a
Photo Realistic Label.
Requirement
You need the following items for printing on Photo Realistic Labels.
• Media
Photo Realistic Labels (7/8" x 5/8") (Part No. 105108-00)
• Ink Cartridges
The following ink cartridges may be used.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Create the image you want to print by arranging photographs,
pictures, etc. with any application.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install the cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and finish II ink cartridges
into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges may be installed
in any order.
For details, please refer to the section entitled “Installing Ink Cartridges” in Chapter 1.
Step 3¨
¨ Load the Paper in Your Printer
Manual feed mode is used for this printing.
1.
Set the paper feed switch to position “M”.
2.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper plus
several millimeters.
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3.
Load one sheet of Photo Realistic Label in the sheet feeder,
and press the ready/insert button.
Note
• Be sure to manually feed Photo Realistic Labels one at a time.
• For Photo Realistic Labels, load so that the glossy surface
faces upward.
• Provide a gap of several millimeters between the paper feed
guide and Photo Realistic Labels. Otherwise, paper may not
feed correctly.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Select Automatic, Photographs, or Graphics/Text from the
Document Type depending on the document to be printed.
4.
Select Photo Realistic Label from the Media Type setting.
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Note
When Photo Realistic Label is selected from the Media Type,
Print Mode is automatically set to VPhoto Color. And Glossy
Finish is also automatically set. We recommend that glossy finish be normally provided. If you do not want to obtain glossy
finish, click the More Settings button, then uncheck the Glossy
Finish check box in the More Settings dialog box.
5.
Change the necessary settings.
6.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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Full Color & Photo Realistic Finishing (Glossy Finish)
Use the steps outlined here for full color printing and photo realistic finishing (glossy
finish). Then the image will be finished with a Finish II cartridge, to create a glossy effect
similar to a Photograph. This method is particularly effective for printing photographic
images.
Requirements
For full color printing + photo realistic finishing, you need the following items.
• Ink cartridge
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No.106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No.106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
• Media
High Grade Paper (Letter)(Part No. 106085-00)
Greeting Card Set (Part No. 106090-00)
Note
When printing 600 x 600 dpi full color + photo realistic finishing,
we suggest using High Grade Paper or a Greeting Card Set to
obtain the best results.
Note
• A good finish cannot be obtained if glossy finish is provided
to plain paper that lacks a smooth surface.
• The Finish II ink cartridge is reversible up to five times. If
glossy finish is provided to plain paper of which surface is
not smooth, color ink might be attached to the finish II ink
cartridge. If the finish II ink cartridge is reversed and used in
this situation, the paper surface to which glossy finish is provided could be ink stained. When using the Finish II ink cartridge after reversing it, the following conditions should be
met:
1. Provide glossy finish to either VPhoto Print Film (8.5" x
11") or VPhoto Paper (4x 6" Plus).
2. Provide glossy finish to ALPS High Grade Paper.
Printing Method
For printing in 600 x 600 dpi full color + glossy finish, select Automatic, Graphics/
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Text or Photographs from the Document Type setting in the Document/Quality
Tab in the MD-5000 printer driver dialog box. Then select Glossy Finish from the
Print Mode setting tab.
Printing is carried out in the following order: cyan, magenta, yellow, black and
finishing. For details, see the instructions for the specific type of print paper.
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Printing in Spot Color
Spot color printing is a unique feature of the MD-Series printers. Although most applications are not designed to handle spot color printing, the MD-5000 printer driver allows
you to select specific colors or color components that will be replaced by spot colors
such as metallic and white inks when printing. You can print with up to five spot colors
(or five spot colors plus black) from most applications that allow color specification.
Moreover, because metallic inks are opaque, metallic printing is unaffected by the color
of the underlying paper. As a result, you can print not only on colored paper but also on
black glossy surfaces or brightly colored surfaces (like those found in greeting cards).
When a white ink is used as undercoat, colored paper can be subjected to full color
printing. To provide a white undercoat, see "Undercoating with the White Ink Cartridge".
Types of Spot Color Printing
The following types of spot color printing are possible depending on the types of
ink cartridges used.
• Single Ink
Spot color printing using a single color.
• Multiple Inks
Spot color printing using 2 or more colors. Up to 3 spot colors plus black can
be used.
• Metallic & CMYK Inks
Full color printing and spot color printing can be combined in two ways, by
printing in Overlay mode or by printing all colors in one sequence.
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Single Ink Printing
Single Ink printing uses just one color. Only the color to be used is installed in
the printer. This method is used when an entire image or document is going to
be printed in a single color.
This method of printing can be used even when the application you are using
does not allow designation of color compositions. Using this method, even full
color or grayscale images can be printed in spot color.
Requirements
For single spot color printing you will need the following.
• Ink cartridges
For spot ink printing at least one ink cartridge is required.
Metallic gold ink cartridge (Part No. 106030-00)
Metallic silver ink cartridge (Part No. 106045-00)
Metallic magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106035-00)
Metallic cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106040-00)
White ink cartridge (Part No. 106050-00)
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No.106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No.106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
• Media
Plain or smooth paper can be used just as with normal color printing.
Since metallic ink is not transparent, printing on colored paper also works
well. We suggest using High Grade Paper (Part No. 106085-00) and Greeting Cards (Part No. 106090-00).
White ink can be printed on iron-on transfer sheets, overhead projector transparencies, or back print films.
Step 1¨
¨ Create Data for Spot Color Printing
Use any application to create the image or document you want to
print, and prepare it just as you would for normal printing.
Note
It is not necessary to select a color in the application that matches
the color of the ink cartridge in the printer. Leaving the characters and images in black is fine. Color and shaded areas will be
printed in varying gradations as dot matrices under the Grayscale
setting.
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Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridge
Install the metallic ink cartridge you want to print with in cartridge
holder.
Step 3¨
¨ Load Paper
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for thick paper and greeting cards. For
plain paper, laser paper, and High Grade Paper, you may also
use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time.
For details, see the section entitled “Loading Paper” in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position "M"; for automatic feed mode, set it to "A".
Paper feed switch “A”
Paper feed switch “M”
2.
For Letter / A4 paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready/insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
Manual feeding
Automatic feeding
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Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Set Document Type to an option appropriate to the document to be printed.
4.
Set Media Type depending on the paper used.
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5.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
6.
Click the Use Spot Color(s) radio button.
7.
Set Print Using to Single Ink.
8.
Enabled ink cartridges among those installed in the printer
are displayed in Select Ink Cartridge(s). Click the radio
button(s) of the ink cartridge(s) to be used.
Caution
If bidirectional communication is not possible, all the usable ink
cartridges are displayed.
9.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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Multiple Inks Printing
Use the steps outlined here for spot color printing using two or more spot color
ink cartridges. By associating each spot color with a color (or color composition)
in your application, you can print with as many as six spot colors (or five spot
colors and black). You can use this method with most applications that support
color.
Requirements
For multi spot color printing you will need the following.
• Ink cartridges
When printing with multiple spot color inks as many as four of the following ink
cartridges can be used.
Metallic gold ink cartridge (Part No. 106030-00)
Metallic silver ink cartridge (Part No. 106045-00)
Metallic magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106035-00)
Metallic cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106040-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
White ink cartridge (Part No. 106050-00)
• Media
Plain or smooth paper can be used just as with normal color printing.
Since metallic ink is not transparent, printing on colored paper also works
well. We suggest using High Grade Paper (Letter) (Part No. 106085-0) and
Greeting Cards (Part No. 106090-00).
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Step 1¨
¨ Create Data for Spot Color Printing
1.
Use any application to create the image or document you
want to print, and prepare it just as you would for normal
printing. The image may contain text as well as graphics.
Note
Single spot color printing can produce grayscale images. However, be aware that intermediate gradations are not possible when
using more than one spot color at a time.
Note
Full color or grayscale images with gradations can be converted
to graded black and white images using photo retouch software.
In this way, full color and grayscale images can be printed with
gradations to some degree.
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2.
Set the colors corresponding to each spot color you want
to use.
For example, set the parts of the image that you want to print
in metallic gold to yellow, the parts of the image that you want
to print metallic cyan to blue, and so forth. If you are also
using black, set the parts of the image that you want to print in
black to black.
Set this area to blue
(Prints in metallic cyan)
Set this area to black
(Prints in black)
Set this area
to light gray
(Prints in white)
Set this area to red
(Prints in metallic magenta)
Set this area to blue
(Prints in metallic cyan)
Set this area to yellow
(Prints in metallic gold)
Note
Many applications have color palettes that allow easy selection
of metallic colors.
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The colors (and color compositions) associated with spot colors are shown in the
following table.
■ Colors (and color compositions) used to indicate spot colors
In multi spot color printing, indicate spot colors by selecting colors in the
application that resemble the spot colors.
As much as possible, try to select colors that resemble the spot colors to
be printed. In applications that do not have many color choices, such as
word processors, closely related colors can be used. In this case, however, check the color output by executing a test print to make sure the
correct spot colors are printed.
Spot color
Application color used to indicate the spot color
Metallic Gold
Yellow (or yellow-orange)
Metallic Silver
Metallic Magenta
Gray
Magenta, Red (a red close to magenta)
Metallic Cyan
Cyan, Blue (a blue close to cyan)
White
Light gray (a gray close to white)
(Normal) Black
Normal black (R=G=B=0 or C=M=Y=0, K=100)
The following table indicates the color compositions settings that will most
closely resemble the printed results. In applications that allow the user to
make color composition settings, adjust the settings as shown below.
■ Tables of color composition settings for spot color printing
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/255)
Spot color
R
G
Metallic Gold
225
160
B
0
Metallic Silver
189
193
197
Metallic Magenta
163
36
115
Metallic Cyan
0
176
201
White
230
230
230
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/100%)
Spot color
R
G
Metallic Gold
88
63
B
0
Metallic Silver
74
76
77
Metallic Magenta
64
14
45
Metallic Cyan
0
69
79
White
98
98
98
• Color compositions using CYMK settings (n/100%)
Spot color
C
M
Y
K
Metallic Gold
12
37
100
0
Metallic Silver
26
24
23
0
Metallic Magenta
36
86
55
0
Metallic Cyan
100
31
21
0
White
2
2
2
0
Note
For instructions on changing color composition settings in
an application, refer to the manual that came with your application. Depending on the application, a spot color may not
print correctly even though the color settings were properly
set in the application.
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Step 2¨
¨ Install the Spot Ink Cartridges
Install all the spot ink cartridges for the spot colors you want to
use into the ink cartridge holders. The order of the ink cartridges
is not important.
¨ Load Paper in Your Printer
Step 3¨
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for thick paper and greeting cards. For
plain paper, laser paper, and High Grade Paper, you may also
use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time.
For details, see the section entitled "Loading Paper" in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position "M"; for automatic feed mode, set it to "A".
Paper feed switch “A”
Paper feed switch “M”
2.
For Letter / A4 paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
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4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready / insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
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Manual feeding
Automatic feeding
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Set Document Type to an option appropriate to the document to be printed.
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4.
Set Media Type depending on the paper used.
5.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
6.
Click the Use Spot Color(s) radio button.
7.
Set Print Using to Multiple Inks.
8.
Enabled ink cartridges among those installed in the printer
are displayed in Select Ink Cartridge(s). Click the radio
button(s) of the ink cartridge(s) to be used.
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Note
• If bidirectional communication is not possible, all the usable
cartridges are displayed.
• Even though you have set the color of an area to your desired color, the area will not be printed if the corresponding
ink cartridge has not checked.
9.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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Simultaneous Metallics & CMYK Inks Printing
This section explains how to print Metallics & CMYK Inks simultaneously.
This printing method differentiates between spot color and full color areas
depending on their color composition. For this reason, it is necessary to
assign the proper color to each area. This printing method is used with
applications that allow the user to specify color compositions.
Requirements
For simultaneous Metallics & CMYK Inks printing you will need the following.
• Ink cartridges
The following ink cartridges can be used with Metallics & CMYK Inks printing.
Metallic gold ink cartridge (Part No. 106030-00)
Metallic silver ink cartridge (Part No. 106045-00)
Metallic magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106035-00)
Metallic cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106040-00)
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
VPhoto Primer ink cartridge (Part No. 105142-00)
• Media
Spot color printing does not require special paper. Plain paper, smooth paper,
or greeting cards can be used just as with normal color printing.
Note
White ink cartridge cannot be used for simultaneous Metallics &
CMYK Inks printing.
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Step 1¨
¨ Create the Full Color + Spot Color Print Image
1.
Create the full color and spot color data to be printed.
It is not necessary to prepare the spot color and full color images separately as with full color + spot color printing using
Overlay mode. The data is prepared on the same page. Areas to be printed with spot ink and those to be printed in full
color are indicated by their respective screen colors.
Note
There is a small range of color composition values that will be
interpreted by the printer as indicating spot colors. Because of
this, photographs and other data with large numbers of different colors may have areas that match the spot color designations and print partially in spot color. When printing images that
contain data such as photos, it is best to print full color + spot
color using Overlay mode.
2.
Set the image areas to be printed in spot color to colors
that correspond to the spot colors you want to use.
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Printing in Metallic Color
The colors (and color compositions) associated with spot colors are shown in
the following tables.
■ Color composition for indicating spot colors
When printing full color and spot color simultaneously, the spot colors are
designated by corresponding color compositions on the screen.
Spot color
Application color used to indicate the spot color
Metallic Gold
Yellow (or yellow-orange)
Metallic Silver
Metallic Magenta
Metallic Cyan
Gray
Magenta, Red (a red close to magenta)
Cyan, Blue (a blue close to cyan)
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/255)
Spot color
R
G
Metallic Gold
225
160
B
0
Metallic Silver
189
193
197
Metallic Magenta
163
36
115
Metallic Cyan
0
176
201
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/100%)
Spot color
R
G
Metallic Gold
88
63
B
0
Metallic Silver
74
76
77
Metallic Magenta
64
14
45
Metallic Cyan
0
69
79
• Color compositions using CMYK settings (n/100%)
Spot color
C
M
Y
K
Metallic Gold
12
37
100
0
Metallic Silver
26
24
23
0
Metallic Magenta
36
86
55
0
Metallic Cyan
100
31
21
0
Note
See your application’s manual for instructions on setting up
color components in your application. Using CMYK to specify
color components may result in colors that do not match the
desired spot colors.
Also, some applications make internal adjustments to produce the displayed color components. In such cases, the color
components cannot be restricted and therefore spot colors
cannot be used.
Color compositions different from those shown above will be interpreted and
printed as normal full color.
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Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install the ink cartridges that you are going to print.
With the Metallics & CMYK Inks mode, you can print your document in full color plus up to three spot colors of your choice without having to change ink cartridges. You can also print your document up to four spot colors by changing the ink cartridges when
the instructions message dialog appears.
¨ Load Paper in Your Printer
Step 3¨
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for thick paper and greeting cards. For
plain paper, laser paper, and High Grade Paper, you may also
use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time.
For details, see the section entitled "Loading Paper" in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position "M"; for automatic feed mode, set it to "A".
Paper feed switch “A”
Paper feed switch “M”
2.
For Letter / A4 paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
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4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready / insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
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rt
Manual feeding
Automatic feeding
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Select Automatic, Photographs, or Graphics/Text from the
Document Type.
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4.
Set Media Type to the paper used.
5.
Change the necessary settings.
6.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
7.
Click the Use Spot Color(s) radio button.
8.
Set Print Using to Metallics & CMYK Inks.
9.
Enabled ink cartridges among those installed in the printer
are displayed in Select Ink Cartridge(s). Click the radio
button(s) of the ink cartridge(s) to be used.
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Caution
• If bidirectional communication is not possible, all the usable
ink cartridges are displayed.
• Even though you have set the color of an area to your desired color, the area will not be printed if the corresponding
ink cartridge has not checked.
10. When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
Note
If a required foil color ink cartridge is not installed, the warning
message will be displayed. In this case, exchange ink cartridges
as you indicated.
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Printing in Foil Color
Foil color printing is one of the unique features of the ALPS MD-5000 printers. Although
most applications are not designed to handle foil color printing, the MD-5000 printer
driver allows you to select specific colors or color components that will be replaced by
foil colors and black ink when printing. You can print with up to two foil colors (or two foil
colors plus black) from most applications that allow color specification.
Moreover, because foil inks are opaque, foil color printing is unaffected by the color of
the underlying paper. As a result, you can print on colored plain paper.
Caution
• Special color ink is used for foil color printing. Therefore,
undercoat must be provided with cyan, magenta, yellow, and
black inks before printing Foil Color.
• Depending on the font type, size or paper type, Foil Color ink
might not be applied well.
Types of Foil Color Printing
The following types of foil color printing are possible depending on the number of
ink cartridges used.
• Single foil color printing (without halftone)
Foil color printing uses a single color (gold or silver).
• Multi foil color printing
Foil color printing uses two colors (gold and silver).
• Full color + foil color printing
Full color printing and foil color printing is executed simultaneously.
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Single Foil Color Printing
Single foil color printing uses just one color. Only the foil color to be used is installed in
the printer. This method is used when an entire image or document is going to be
printed in a single foil color. This method of printing can be used even when the application you are using does not allow designation of color components. Using this method,
even grayscale images can be printed in foil color.
Requirements
For single foil color printing you will need the following.
• Media
Normal paper such as plain paper, Laser Paper, postcards, etc. can be used
just as with normal color printing.
In case of Greeting Cards (Part No. 106090-00), single foil color printing can
be executed only on the paper (not glossy) side.
• Ink cartridges
For single foil color printing, use either of the following ink cartridges.
Gold Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105148-00)
Silver Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105150-00)
The following ink cartridges are also necessary for undercoating.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Use any application to create the image or document you want to
print, and prepare it just as you would for normal printing.
Note
It is not necessary to select a color in the application that matches
the color of the ink cartridge in the printer. Leaving the characters and images in black is fine.
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Step 2¨
Install the desired foil color, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink
cartridges into the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridges may
be installed in any order. For details, please refer to the section
entitled “Installing Ink Cartridges” in Chapter 1.
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Step 3¨
¨ Load the Paper in Your Printer
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for cardboard (thick paper) and greeting
cards. For plain paper or Laser Paper, you may also use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time. For
details, refer to the section entitled “Loading Paper” in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”. However,
be sure to set the switch to “M” for postcards.
2.
For Letter paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready/insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Set Document Type to an option appropriate to the document to be printed.
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4.
Set Media Type depending on the paper used.
5.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
6.
Click the Use Foil Color(s) radio button.
7.
Set Print Using to Single Ink.
8.
Enabled ink cartridges among those installed in the printer
are displayed in Select Ink Cartridge(s). Click the radio
button(s) of the ink cartridge(s) to be used.
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Caution
If bidirectional communication is not possible, all the usable ink
cartridges are displayed.
9.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
¨ Print
Step 5¨
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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Multi Foil Color Printing
Use the steps outlined here for foil color printing using two foil color ink cartridges. By
associating each foil color with a color (or color component) in your application, you can
print with two foil colors or two foil colors plus black. You can use this method with most
applications that support color.
Requirements
For multi foil color printing you will need the following.
• Media
Normal paper such as plain paper, Laser Paper, postcards, etc. can be used
just as with normal color printing.
In case of Greeting Cards (Part No. 106090-00), multi foil color printing can be
executed only on the paper (not glossy) side.
• Ink cartridges
When printing with multiple foil color inks, as many as two of the following ink
cartridges can be used.
Gold Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105148-00)
Silver Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105150-00)
The following ink cartridges are also necessary for undercoating.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
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Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Use any application to create the image or document you want to
print. Usually create text and graphic object data. Then set the
colors corresponding to each foil color you want to use. For example, set the parts of the image that you want to print in gold foil
to yellow and those of the image that you want to print in silver foil
to white. When you want to print foil colors and black simultaneously, set the area you want to print in black, too.
Set this area to gray (Prints in silver foil)
Set this area to gray (Prints in silver foil)
Set this area to yellow (Prints in gold foil)
Caution
Since all of the color and grayscale data is binarized in multi
color printing, gradation cannot be represented.
Note
White portions of data (R=G=B=100%) are not printed.
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For the colors (and color components) associated with foil colors,
see the following table.
■ Colors (and color components) used to indicate foil colors
In multi foil color printing, indicate foil colors by selecting colors in the application that resemble the foil colors. As much as possible, try to select colors
that resemble the colors listed in the table below. In applications that do not
have many color choices, such as word processors, closely related colors
can be used.
Foil color
Application color used to indicate the foil color
Gold foil
Yellow (or yellow-orange)
Silver foil
Gray
(Normal) Black
Normal black (R=G=B=0 or C=M=Y=0, K=100)
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/255)
Foil color
R
G
Gold foil
225
160
0
Silver foil
189
193
197
B
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/100%)
Foil color
R
G
B
Gold foil
88
63
0
Silver foil
74
76
77
• Color compositions using CMYK settings (n/100%)
Foil color
C
M
Y
K
Gold foil
12
37
100
0
Silver foil
26
24
23
0
Note
For instructions on changing color component settings in an
application, refer to the manual that came with your application.
Depending on the application, a foil color may not print correctly
even though the color settings were properly set in the application. Check the Preview window before printing, and try increasing or decreasing the setting to get the correct foil color to print.
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Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install all the foil color ink cartridges you want to use. The ink
cartridges may be installed in any order.
Step 3¨
¨ Load the Paper in Your Printer
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for cardboard (thick paper) and greeting
cards. For plain paper or Laser Paper, you may also use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time. For
details, see the section entitled “Loading Paper” in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
2.
For Letter paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready/insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
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3.
Set Document Type to an option appropriate to the document to be printed.
4.
Set Media Type depending on the paper used.
5.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
6.
Click the Use Foil Color(s) radio button.
7.
Set Print Using to Multiple Inks.
8.
Enabled ink cartridges among those installed in the printer
are displayed in Select Ink Cartridge(s). Click the radio
button(s) of the ink cartridge(s) to be used.
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Note
• If bidirectional communication is not possible, all the usable
cartridges are displayed.
• Even though you have set the color of an area to your desired color, the area will not be printed if the corresponding
ink cartridge has not checked.
9.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
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Simultaneous Full Color + Foil Color Printing
This section describes how to print full color + foil color simultaneously. This printing
method differentiates between foil color and full color areas depending on their color
component. For this reason, it is necessary to assign the proper color to each area.
This printing method is used with applications that allow the user to specify color components.
Requirements
For simultaneous full color + foil color printing you will need the following.
• Media
Normal paper such as plain paper, Laser Paper, postcards, etc. can be used
just as with normal color printing.
• Ink cartridges
The following ink cartridges can be used for simultaneous full color + foil color
printing.
Gold Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105148-00)
Silver Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105150-00)
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
VPhoto Primer ink cartridge (Part No. 105142-00)
Caution
Special color ink is used for foil color printing. Therefore, undercoat must be provided with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black
inks before printing Foil Color.
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Create the data you want to print, then set the image areas to be
printed in foil colors to colors that correspond to the foil colors you
want to use.
For the colors (and color components) that correspond to each
foil color, please refer to the tables below.
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Note
There are a small range of color component values that will be
interpreted by the printer as indicating foil colors. Because of
this, photographs and other data with large numbers of different
colors may have areas that match the foil color designations
and print partially in foil color. When printing images that contain
data such as photos, it is best to print full color + foil color using
Overlay mode.
■ Colors (and color components) used to indicate foil colors
In simultaneous full color + foil color printing, indicate foil colors by selecting
the corresponding color component for each foil color. For characters of
which number of points is 32 or more, select the following approximate colors.
Foil color
Application color used to
indicate the foil color
Gold foil
Yellow (or yellow-orange)
Silver foil
Gray
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/255)
Foil color
R
G
Gold foil
225
160
0
Silver foil
189
193
197
B
• Color compositions using RGB settings (n/100%)
Foil color
R
G
B
Gold foil
88
63
0
Silver foil
74
76
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• Color compositions using CMYK settings (n/100%)
Foil color
C
M
Y
K
Gold foil
12
37
100
0
Silver foil
26
24
23
0
Note
• See your application’s manual for instructions on setting up
color components in your application. Using CMYK to specify
color components may result in colors that do not match the
desired foil colors.
• Also, some applications make internal adjustment to produce
the displayed color components. In such cases, the color
components cannot be restricted and therefore foil colors
cannot be used. When using such an application, use the
Overlay mode.
• There are a small range of color component values that will
be interpreted by the printer as indicating foil colors. Because of this, areas of which color component values are
close to a foil color are also printed in the foil color.
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Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges
Install the necessary ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders.
In simultaneous full color + foil color printing, up to two foil colors
can be used provided that full color printing is executed with cyan,
magenta, yellow, black, and Finish inks. Even when undercoating
using VPhoto Primer ink, simultaneous full color + foil color printing
is possible by exchanging ink cartridges when the corresponding
message is displayed.
Step 3¨
¨ Load the Paper in Your Printer
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for cardborad (thick paper) and greeting
cards. For plain paper or Laser Paper, you may also use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time. For
details, see the section entitled “Loading Paper” in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
2.
For Letter paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready/insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
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2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Select Automatic, Photographs, or Graphics/Text from the
Document Type.
4.
Set Media Type to the paper used.
5.
Change the necessary settings.
6.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
7.
Click the Use Foil Color(s) radio button.
8.
Set Print Using to Metallics & CMYK Inks.
9.
Enabled ink cartridges among those installed in the printer
are displayed in Select Ink Cartridge(s). Click the radio
button(s) of the ink cartridge(s) to be used.
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Caution
• If bidirectional communication is not possible, all the usable
ink cartridges are displayed.
• Even though you have set the color of an area to your desired color, the area will not be printed if the corresponding
ink cartridge has not checked.
10. When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing.
Note
If a required foil color ink cartridge is not installed, the warning
message will be displayed. In this case, exchange ink cartridges
as you indicated.
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Printing Greeting Cards
This section describes step by step operation for printing on greeting cards. By combining full color and metallic color printing, you can create many different looks for your
greeting cards.
Requirements
For printing on greeting cards, you will need the following.
• Ink cartridges
The following ink cartridges can be used.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
Gold Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105148-00)
Silver Foil ink cartridge (Part No. 105150-00)
Metallic gold ink cartridge (Part No. 106030-00)
Metallic silver ink cartridge (Part No. 106045-00)
Metallic magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106035-00)
Metallic cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106040-00)
White ink cartridge (Part No. 106050-00)
Finish II ink cartridge (Part No. 105144-00)
VPhoto Primer ink cartridge (Part No. 105142-00)
Caution
On the glossy side of greeting cards, ALWAYS use metallic color
ink cartridges.
• Media
Use the greeting cards specifically designed for your printer.
Greeting Card set (Part No. 106090-00)
Caution
• Always use the above listed greeting cards. Using some other
type of cards can cause the printer to malfunction.
• Do not bend the greeting cards before loading them on the
printer. Once you have bent a card, you may not be able to
obtain satisfactory printing results around the crease.
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Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Create the text and graphic objects with an application, and lay
them out within the printing area of a greeting card.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges.
1.
Install the ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders.
Step 3¨
¨Load the Greeting Card into the Printer
Manual feed mode is used for this printing.
1.
Set the paper feed switch to position "M".
2.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper plus
several millimeters.
3.
Face the printing surface upward, load the card into the
sheet feeder, and press the ready / insert button.
read
y / in
sert
Note
Provide a gap of several millimeters between the paper feed guide
and the greeting card. Otherwise, the card may not feed in correctly.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu of your application. Click
the Properties button in the Print window.
The printer driver settings window appears.
Note
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box to set
up the printer driver may slightly differ from one application to
another.
2.
Select the appropriate document type in the Document
Type setting.
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3.
Set the Media Type to Cardboard (Thick paper).
4.
Set the Paper Size to User Defined to open the paper size
specification dialog box. Set the Paper Width to 5.83 inches,
and the Paper Length to 7.87 inches, and click OK.
5.
When you complete all the setup, click OK to close the
dialog box.
¨ Print
Step 5¨
1.
Click OK in the Print dialog box.
Printing will begin.
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Printing on Back Print Film
This section explains the steps for printing illustrations and photographs on back print
film. Attaching printed back print film to paper with an iron gives the final image a glossy
finish like a photograph. Also, a finishing sheet that can be used to create a matte (nonglossy) finish is included.
Note
• Back print film printing is basically the same as normal color
printing. However, special sheets are used in place of paper.
Hold the sheets by the edge when inserting them into the
printer to avoid touching the printing side.
• Images printed on back print film should only be transferred
to white paper. Colored paper may affect the colors of the
printed image.
Requirements
For back print film printing you will need the following.
• Back Print Film • Finishing Sheet • Matte Finishing Sheet
Printing side
Rougher surface
Silicon coated
side
Insert in this direction
The back print film sheets, the finishing sheets, and the matte finishing sheet
come together in a single package of Back Print Film (Part No. 106080-00).
• Paper to transfer the image to :
We recommend High Grade Paper (Letter) (Part No. 106085-00 ).
Plain paper may be used but, depending on the pattern of the image, the
image may pick up the unevenness in the paper and appear rough. Also,
glossy paper traps pockets of air and does not work well.
• Ink cartridges
The following ink cartridges may be used.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
White ink cartridge (Part No. 106050-00)
• Iron
Use an ordinary household iron. Do not use steam. Set the iron to Dry.
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Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Use an application and create the image to be printed.
There are no special considerations in creating the image. Prepare the image just as you would for normal color printing.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges and Load the Back Print Film
into the Printer
1.
Install the ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders.
Note
When printing on back print film, use only standard color cyan,
magenta, yellow, or black ink cartridges. Do not use metallic ink
cartridges.
2.
Set the paper feed switch to position "M".
3.
Insert the back print film into the printer.
Insert the back print film into the printer
with the printing side up (so that the
cut corner is in the lower left corner).
Back Print Film
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4.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the paper side.
5.
Press the ready / insert button, while holding the paper
so that it will not fall.
Step 3¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu of your application. Click
the Properties button in the Print window.
The printer driver settings window appears.
Note
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box to set
up the printer driver may slightly differ from one application to
another.
2.
Select the appropriate document type in the Document
Type setting.
Normally, use Photographs.
3.
Set the Media Type to Back Print Film.
4.
Set the Paper Size to A4 210 x 297mm, and change any
other necessary settings such as orientation.
When Back Print Film is selected under the Media Type setting, the paper feed setting in the Document/Quality Tab is
automatically changed to Manual Feed and the Flip Horizontal
check box is checked.
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5.
When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 4¨
¨ Print
1.
Click OK in the Print dialog box.
Printing will begin.
Step 5¨
¨ Transfer the Image to Paper using an Iron
Transfer the image to paper (using an iron) after printing on the
back print film is completed.
1.
Cut around the printed image as close to the edges of the
image as possible.
2.
Place the film on paper with the image in contact with the
paper. Place the finishing sheet on top and apply even
pressure with an iron.
Finishing Sheet
Back Print
Film
Back Print Film
Finishing Sheet
Paper to transfer the image to
Paper to transfer
the image to
Note
• Use paper larger than the size of the image.
• Taking care not to let the film slip, firmly apply pressure with
the iron until the image is completely attached to the paper.
Paper
Paper
Back Print Film
Back Print Film
Back Print Film fits on the paper
Back Print Film extends
beyond the edge of the paper
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• If insufficient pressure is applied to the image, bubbles can
form when the film is lifted off. Make sure to apply enough
pressure, particularly around the edges and corners.
• Set the iron for 160°C/320°F (cotton). If the iron has outlet
holes for steam, set the iron to Dry and avoid the holes, using
a flat part of the iron.
3.
Lift off the finishing sheet after the paper and the film have
cooled completely.
Note
If the paper and film have not cooled completely, the film will not
come off smoothly.
4.
Starting with the corners, peel off the film, making sure
that the film comes off smoothly.
Step 6¨
¨ Curl Correction
When you transfer an image on a thin sheet of paper, the sheet
may still be curled up after peeling off the back print film. In this
case, correct the curl with the following procedure.
1.
Place a sheet of plain paper (paper for copiers) on top of
the transferred image on the curled sheet.
Plain paper
(paper for copiers)
Curled sheet with a transferred image facing up
2.
Roll up both sheets together with an approximate diameter of 1 inch to resist the curl.
Plain paper
(paper for copiers)
Curled sheet with a transferred
image facing up
Approximate diameter of 1 in / 25 mm
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3.
Leave them rolled up for five minutes.
Approximate diameter of 1 in / 25 mm
4.
Unroll them, and the curl should be corrected.
Note
Do not leave the back print film attached to the transfer sheet
too long after the transfer. Doing so will make the sheet get
curled up more tightly.
Now you have an image with glossy finish.
Step 7¨
¨ Obtain a Matte Finish
If you want to create a matte finish, perform the following steps
after completing the steps for making a glossy finish.
1.
Place the matte finishing sheet on the image side of the
paper with the silicon coated side face down (so that the
cut corner is in the lower left corner).
Matte Finishing Sheet
Paper with the back
print image
Matte Finishing Sheet
2.
Paper with the back
print image
Apply the iron.
Carefully use the iron to apply heat and pressure evenly.
3.
After the paper has cooled completely, lift off the matte
finishing sheet.
Note
What to do when the image does not print well
When printing on back print film in one or more colors, the print
results may appear rough if printed in high resolution mode (600
dpi). In such cases, click on Quality tab and select, Standard
Dither or Coarse Dither under Halftone before printing. This will
make the image appear rougher on the screen but should produce better print results.
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Examples
You can use back print film for many different purposes, including posters, book
covers, greeting cards, and more.
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Making Iron-on Transfers
The special features of the MD-Series printers enable you to create iron-on transfers,
which allow you to print illustrations and photos and then transfer them to cloth using an
iron. With the iron-on transfer sheets, you can create one-of-a-kind T-shirts, handkerchiefs, and other items using family pictures, names, and so forth.
Note
Printing on Iron-on Transfer Sheets is identical to normal color
printing except special sheets are used. When placing the sheets
in the printer, care should be taken to avoid getting fingerprints,
etc., on the printing surface of the sheets. Also, when preparing
images, keep in mind that since the final image will be transferred to cloth, extremely fine print data or very small illustrations details may not show up well.
Requirements
The iron-on transfer sheets and the finishing sheet come together in a package
of Iron-on Transfer Sheets (Part No. 106075-00). (Use only the sheets specified.)
• Ink cartridges
The following ink cartridges can be used.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
White ink cartridge (Part No. 106050-00)
Note
Because the back side of the printed image is face up after it is
transferred to cloth, opaque inks such as metallic color cannot
be used for iron-ons.
• Iron
Use a regular household iron. Do not use steam. Set the iron to Dry.
• Cloth to transfer the image to (T-shirt, handkerchief, etc.)
Most cloth that is fairly smooth will work fine. The transferred image may peel
off in the laundry if the cloth stretches or shrinks a lot, does not withstand heat
well, or has a nap. These kinds of cloth should be avoided.
Note
Use iron-ons only on white cloth. Black or other colors will affect the printed color of the image.
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Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Use an application and create the data to be printed.
There are no special considerations for creating the data. Create
the data just as you would for black or full color printing.
Note
• Because each iron-on transfer sheet can only be printed on
once, try to use as much of the sheet as possible. If a 1/2 inch
gap is left between images, several images can be printed on
a single sheet. (Use a single sheet to create an image for
several different pieces of cloth.)
• Large images that require more than one sheet can also be
created.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges and Load the Iron-On Transfer Sheet into the Printer
1.
Install the ink cartridges into the ink cartridge holders.
Note
When printing on iron-on transfer sheets, use only standard color
cyan, magenta, yellow, or black ink cartridges. Do not use metallic ink cartridges.
2.
Set the paper feed switch to position "M".
3.
Insert the iron-on transfer sheet into the printer.
Insert the iron-on transfer sheet into the printer with the printing side up.
4.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the paper size.
5.
Press the ready / insert button, while holding the paper so
that it will not fall.
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Step 3¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu of your application. Click
the Properties button in the Printer Setup window.
The printer driver settings window appears.
Note
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box to set
up the printer driver may slightly differ from one application to
another.
2.
Select the appropriate document type under the Document
Type setting.
Normally, use Photographs.
3.
Set the Media Type to Iron-on Transfer Sheet.
When Iron-on Sheet is selected under the Media Type setting,
the paper feed setting in the Paper Tab is automatically changed
to Manual Feed and the Flip Horizontal check box is checked.
4.
Set the Paper Size to A4 210 x 297 mm, and change any
other necessary settings such as orientation.
5.
When you complete the setup, click on OK to close the
dialog box.
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Step 4¨
¨ Print
1.
Click OK in the Print dialog box.
Printing will begin.
Step 5¨
¨ Transfer the Iron-On to Cloth
Use an iron to transfer the image to cloth after the printing on the
iron-on transfer sheet is completed.
1.
Cut around the printed image as close to the edges of the
image as possible.
2.
Place the printed side on the cloth and press down evenly
with an iron (set to dry).
Using care not to let the iron-on transfer sheet shift, firmly apply pressure until the iron-on transfer is completely attached
to the cloth.
Iron-on Transfer Sheet
Cloth the iron-on will be transferred to
Note
• Use the iron to remove wrinkles in the cloth before affixing
the iron-on.
• Set the iron heat to 160°C/320°F (cotton). If the iron has outlet holes for steam, set the iron to Dry and avoid the holes,
using a flat part of the iron.
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3.
Remove the iron-on transfer sheet after the cloth has
cooled completely.
Starting at the corners, make sure the iron-on is firmly attached
to the cloth, and then carefully peel off the rest of the sheet. If
the sheet does not come off cleanly, replace it, and then iron it
again.
4.
Place the finishing sheet on the cloth with the silicon
coated side face down. Apply the iron again to completely
affix the iron-on to the cloth.
Finishing Sheet
Cloth the iron-on was transferred to
Note
The finishing sheet can be used many times. Do not discard it
after using it.
5.
Remove the finishing sheet after the cloth has cooled completely.
Caution
• The iron-on should withstand many washings but if it should
•
•
•
•
•
begin to peel away again for some reason simply use the
finishing sheet again to reattach it.
Do not use dry cleaning. Also, the transferred image may
peel off in the laundry if the cloth stretches or shrinks a lot,
does not withstand heat well, or if the cloth has a nap. These
kinds of cloth should be avoided.
Note that once an iron-on has been applied it cannot be removed.
Do not use bleach. Bleach may cause the colors in the printed
image to run.
Do not use the iron directly on the iron-on.
Do not dry in a dryer.
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Note
What to do when the image does not print well
When printing iron-on transfer sheets in one or more colors, the
print results may appear rough if printed at higher print quality.
In such cases, use Standard Dither from Halftone option in the
Image Setting dialog box. This will make the image appear
rougher on the screen but should produce better print results.
Examples
Here are some examples of places and ways to use iron-on transfers. Ironon transfers can be used almost any way you can think of.
T-shirts, sweatshirts, uniforms, undergarments, handkerchiefs, napkins, name
tags, children’s accessories (school bag, gym bag, lunch bag), pillow case, sheets,
slippers, computer covers, embroidery patterns, etc.
Iron-on transfers can be used not only onto fabric items:
You can obtain a variety of effects using the iron-on transfers. You can transfer an
image not only onto fabric items, such as a T-shirt or a handkerchief, but also
onto other materials including cork and wood. Here are some tips for transferring
an image onto hard materials such as cork and wood.
■ Material Selection
1) Choose an object with a smooth surface. The plates with a processed surface available at do-it-yourself stores are most appropriate.
2) If the surface is rough, sand it smooth with sandpaper before transferring an
image.
■ Transfer Procedure
Transferring an image onto wood is basically the same as for fabric. Please
note the following points.
1) Place a thin piece of cloth between the iron-on transfer sheet and the iron
for easier ironing. While ironing, press harder than you would for transferring an image onto fabric.
2) Wait until the iron-on transfer sheet cools down completely before peeling it
off. Peel it off slowly, starting with one of the corners.
3) When ironing the finishing sheet, insert a thin piece of cloth between the
finishing sheet and the iron for a more uniform result.
4) Wait until the finishing sheet cools down completely before peeling it off.
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Printing on Overhead Transparencies
This section describes how to print graphics and text on overhead transparencies. This
function allows you to print full color images on the overhead transparencies to quickly
produce materials for presentations and numerous other occasions.
Requirements
For printing on overhead transparencies, you will need the following.
• Ink cartridges
The following ink cartridges can be used.
Cyan ink cartridge (Part No. 106020-00)
Magenta ink cartridge (Part No. 106015-00)
Yellow ink cartridge (Part No. 106010-00)
Black ink cartridge (Part No. 106005-00)
White ink cartridge (Part No. 106050-00)
• Media
Use only the sheets shown below.
Overhead Projector Transparency Film (Letter size) (Part No. 106065-00)
Caution
When printing on overhead transparencies, use only the above
listed ALPS transparency films. Using other films may cause
damage to the printer.
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed
Create the text and graphics with an application, and lay them out
within the printing area of an overhead transparency film.
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Step 2¨
¨ Set up the Transparency Separators.
Under certain conditions, electrostatic build-up may cause a printing transparency to “pick up” an already completed page. This
could lead to paper jams. To prevent this, please set up the transparency separators as described below.
1) With a pair of scissors, cut apart the separators by following
the dotted lines, as shown here. Then discard the middle portion, keeping the two outer sections with folding lines.
2) Now fold the two separators along the fold lines as shown in
the illustration. The folded angle on the separators should be
less than 90 degrees.
3) Take the inner box of the overhead projector transparency film
and insert it into the cover of the box, as shown in the illustration.
4) Insert the separators into each side of the box, between the
outer cover and inner box as shown.
Note
WHEN THE SEPARATORS ARE IN PLACE, MAKE SURE THE
FOLDED ANGLE IS LESS THAN 90 DEGREES SO THE TRANSPARENCIES WILL FALL DOWN INTO THE OPEN BOX.
5) Place the box with installed separators in front of the printer,
and align the right edge of the box with the right edge of the
paper output slot on the printer.
2)
1)
3)
4)
5)
Separator
Outer box
Inner box
OPERATION
Separator
To be aligned the edge of
the box with the right edge
of the paper output slot.
When transparencies are printing, they will ride on top of the separators, preventing them from “picking up” any completed transparencies lying below. When a transparency is completed, it will
drop through the separators by the time the next sheet begins
printing.
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Step 3¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridges and Overhead Transparencies.
1.
Install the ink cartridges in the ink cartridge holders.
2.
Set the paper feed switch to position "A".
3.
Place the overhead transparencies into the sheet feeder.
Fan the transparencies to make sure they are separated.
4.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the paper size.
Note
• Place the transparencies with the printing side up so that the
cut corner is on the lower left-hand corner.
• No more than 30 sheets can be loaded into the sheet feeder
at any one time.
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Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu of your application. When
the dialog box appears, click Properties.
A dialog box appears, where you can set up your printer driver.
Note
Please note that the procedure for opening the dialog box to set
up the printer driver may slightly differ from one application to
another.
2.
Set the Document Type according to the print data.
3.
Set the Media Type to Transparency Film.
4.
Change the Color and other options as necessary.
5.
When you complete all the setup, click OK to close the
dialog box.
Step 5¨
¨ Print
1.
Click OK in the Print dialog box.
Printing will start..
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Undercoating with a VPhoto Primer Ink Cartridge
A VPhoto Primer ink cartridge can be used to print undercoat. Undercoat fills the
uneveness of paper surface so that many plain paper will be suitable for printing.
Requirements
For undercoating, you will need the following.
• Ink cartridges
VPhoto Primer ink cartridge (Part No. 105142-00)
• Media
Any plain paper for copier can be used.
Caution
Iron-on transfer sheets, back print films, and overhead projector
transparencies cannot be printed with VPhoto Primer ink.
Step 1¨
¨ Prepare the Image to Be Printed As Undercoat
Use any application to create the image or document in grayscale
making the undercoat.
Note
White portions of data (R=G=B=100%) are not undercoated.
Step 2¨
¨ Install the Ink Cartridge
Make sure at least one VPhoto Primer ink cartridge is Installed in
the ink cartridge holders. The ink cartridge can be installed in any
holder.
Step 3¨
¨ Load the Paper in Your Printer
The method used for loading paper depends on the paper type.
Use manual feed mode for cardboard (thick paper) and greeting
cards. For plain paper or laser paper, you may also use automatic feed mode to print a number of sheets at one time. For
details, see the section entitled “Loading Paper” in Chapter 1.
1.
For manual feed mode, set the paper feed switch to position “M”; for automatic feed mode, set it to “A”.
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2.
For Letter paper, fully extend the paper support.
3.
Adjust the paper feed guide to the width of the paper.
4.
For manual feeding, load one sheet of paper into the sheet
feeder and press the ready/insert button. For automatic
feeding, load all of the sheets together.
Step 4¨
¨ Set Up the Printer Driver for Printing
1.
Select Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog
box, then click Properties.
2.
Click the Document/Quality tab to bring this portion to
the front.
3.
Set Document Type to an option appropriate to the document to be printed.
4.
Set Media Type depending on the paper used.
5.
Check Use Spot Colors check box so that the Spot Colors
dialog box is displayed.
6.
Click the Use Spot Color(s) radio button.
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7.
Set Print Using to VPhoto Primer (Undercoat).
8.
Click OK to close the dialog box.
9.
Click the Paper tab to bring this portion to the front, then
check the Overlay check button.
10. When you complete the setup, click OK to close the dialog box.
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Step 5¨
¨ Print
Click OK in the Print dialog box to start printing. Your document
will be printed using VPhoto Primer ink.
Note
The Overlay function lets you leave a sheet in the printer after a
printing pass is complete, so that you can change cartridges
and print addittonal colors on the same page.
Step 6¨
¨ Print on Undercoat
After the printing complets, you can print your document onto the
undercoat.
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Printer Driver
Printer Driver Functions
This chapter describes each of the printer driver settings
required for controlling the printing operations. Read it
to learn the specific setup details for different printing
modes.
Printer Driver
Printer Driver Setup Dialog Box
How to Open the Printer Driver Setup Dialog Box
You may open the printer driver setup dialog box in one of the following ways.
• Select Print from the File menu, and then click Properties in the Print dialog
box.
• Select Page Setup from the File menu. Click Printer in the Page Setup
dialog box, and then click Properties in the displayed dialog box.
• If you are using a Windows 3.1 application, open the Printer Setup dialog
box, and then click the Options button.
Note
To set up the printer driver in the Printer Setup and other dialog
boxes, you must first select ALPS MD-5000 as the default printer.
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Functions of the Printer Driver
Name and Functions of Each Item of the MD-5000 Dialog Box
The name and functions of each item of the MD-5000 dialog box are shown
below.
Tabs
You get access to different tab items by clicking one
of the tabs. Click on a tab to display the selected
tab items.
Radio buttons
You may select one of the displayed options by clicking on a button.
Check boxes
When you check a box, the option is turned on.
Unchecking a box turns off the option.
Drop down list
You may select one of the displayed options. Click
the button to display the available options, and then
click a desired item.
Default button
Clicking on this button selects the original factory
settings.
Help button
Clicking on this button displays help information for
the ALPS MD-5000 dialog box.
Cancel button
Clicking on this button discards any changes and
closes the dialog box.
OK button
Clicking on this button saves any changes and closes
the dialog box. Click on it when you complete all
the settings in all the tabs.
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Settings in Each Tab
Document/Quality Tab
This tab allows you to select a Document Type, Media Type, and a few other
settings.
Document Type
Click the down arrow, and select the desired document
type from the displayed settings. The available options
are as follows:
• Automatic
Use this option to have the MD-5000 printer driver automatically select a document type from among the options
that follow, depending on the docuemnt being printed.
• Graphics/Texts
Use this option when printing a business document that
includes some graphics. The colors often used in business documents, such as red and blue, will be printed
more vividly.
• Photographs
Use this option when printing color photographs. Choosing this option automatically turns on the Darker Black
option in the Image setting, so that the black portions of
color photographs are blended more naturally.
• Grayscale
Use this option when printing a monochrome graphic
image or printing a color image in monochrome.
• Text (Monochrome)
In contrast to Grayscale mode, this option produces
images without halftoning. All shades of gray will be
printed as either black or white.
• User Defined... button
Click this button to save your own setting as a document type with your desired name. To do this, after setting the necessary items, click this button so that the
User Defined Document Type dialog box is displayed..
Type the document type name in the Save as field, then
click the Save button. Up to ten document types can be
saved. To delete a document type, click the document
type name you want to delete in the List, then click the
Delete button.
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Media Type
Click the down arrow, and select a media paper from the
displayed options. The available Media Type options depend on the Document Type settings. The available options are as follows:
• Plain Paper
Select this for printing on plain paper.
• Laser Paper
Select this for printing on laser quality paper with a smooth
surface or Alps High Grade Paper.
• Cardboard (Thick Paper)
Select this for printing on cardboard or thick paper.
• Transparency Film
Select this for printing on Alps overhead projector transparencies.
• Iron-on Transfer Sheets
Select this for printing on Alps iron-on transfer sheets.
• Back Print Film
Select this for printing on Back Print Film.
• Photo Realistic Label
Select this for printing on Alps Photo Realistic Labels.
• VPhoto Print Film
Select this for printing on VPhoto Print Film. You can
print the photo quality images at 2400 dpi variable dots
using standard CMYK ink cartridges.
• VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus)
Select this for printing on VPhoto Paper (4x6” Plus). You
can print the photo quality images at 2400 dpi variable
dots using standard CMYK ink cartridges.
• Photographic Paper
Select this for printing on Alps Photographic Quality Paper
(Letter, or 4"x6" size). You can print the continuous-tone,
photographic quality images using Photo ink cartridges.
• Photographic Label
Select this for printing on Alps Photographic-Quality
Labels. You can print the continuous-tone, photographic
quality images using Photo ink cartridges.
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Print Settings
This option allows you to select Spot Color and Print Mode
settings.
• Use Spot Colors check box
Click this option to display the Spot Colors Settings dialog
box, where you can select the spot color printing options.
• Spot Colors... button
While the Use Spot Colors is selected, you can click this
button to display the Spot Colors dialog box.
• Spot Color Settings dialog box
Select a spot color options.
• Use Spot Color(s) radio button
Select this option to print using Metallic (Gold, Silver,
Cyan, Magenta), White, Finish, and VPhoto Primer ink
cartridges.
• Use Foil Color(s) radio button
Select this option to print using the Gold Foil and Silver
Foil ink cartridges.
• Disable Undercoat check box
This option can be selected when the Use Foil Color(s)
is selected. To print foil color without using the undercoat
of CMYK inks, select this option. Note that disabling
undercoat may appear poor quality, since the foil color
requires the undercoat.
• Print Using
This option allows you to select the cartridge(s) for Spot
color and Foil color printing you selected.
• Single Ink
Select this option to print using a single spot color.
Cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white can also be
set as the single color.
• Multiple Inks
Select this option to print using two or more spot colors. The spot colors should be designated by corresponding color components.
• Metallics & CMYK Inks
Select this option to print your document using
standard CMYK and Spot , or Foil color ink cartridges.
• White (Undercoat)
Select this option to print the undercoat using White
ink cartridge. This function is used in Overlay mode.
• Glossy Finish
Select this option to obtain the photograph like glossy
print using Finish ink cartridge. This function is used
in Overlay mode.
• VPhoto Primer (Undercoat)
Select this option to print the undercoat using VPhoto
Primer ink cartridge. This function is used in Overlay
mode.
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Print Mode
This option allows you to select Print Mode.
• Standard Color
Select this option to execute printing in the mode optimal for the media selected.
• Economy Black
Select this to print rough drafts of text document using
EconoBlack ink cartridge (reversible up to 20 times.)
• Glossy Finish
Select this option to obtain the photograph like glossy
print using Finish ink cartridge.
• VPhoto Color
Select this to print photo quality images using variable
dots at 2400 dpi.
• Dye Sublimation
Select this option to print dye sublimation, continuoustone printing on the Photographic Quality Paper using
Photo ink cartridges.
• Eject Paper Quiker check box
Select this for faster printing. The printer will not perform
the curl correction before ejecting the paper.
• More Settings
Click this button to open the More Settings dialog box,
where you can select Print Quality, Halftone and Printer
Effects options.
• Print Quality
This option allows you to select print quality at which
your document will be printed.
• Super
To print at Super print quality (16 tones, 2400 dpi using
variable dots).
• Fine
To print at Fine print quality (4 tones, 2400 dpi using
variable dots).
• Standard
To print at 600 dpi, Standard print quality for common document.
Note
• Halftone
The option allows you to select the method of dot
placement used to create colors. With rough paper, the
Standard Dither may produce a better printed image.
The list of available options varies depending
on the Document Type and Media Type you
have selected, and some options are not available for all ALPS printers.
• No Halftone
Halftone is not used. The image is printed in black
and white only. Areas over 50% gray are printed as
solid black.
• Fine Dither Dither
To use Fine Dither pattern of dots to create blended
colors.
• Standard Dither
To use Standard Dither pattern of dots to create
blended colors appropriate for most situations.
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Printer Effects
This option allows you to select Glossy Finish and VPhoto
Primer (Undercoat). This option is linked with the Print Mode
setting in the Document/Quality tab.
• Glossy Finish check box
Select this option to obtain the photograph like glossy
print using Finish ink cartridge.
• VPhoto Primer (Undercoat) check box
Select this option to print the undercoat using VPhoto
Primer ink cartridge that enables photo-quality print on
any plain paper.
Method to Apply
Select a method to apply the printer effects of glossy finish
and undercoat.
• Automatic
This option applies the printer effects automatically to
the images. Use Manual Preview to manage the printer
effects, if you want to do so.
• Manual Preview
This option allows you to specify the area where the
printer effects to be applied using the Printer Effects
Preview window. Windows 3.1 does not support this
feature.
• Whole Page
To apply the printer effects to entire page.
Printer Effects Preview
The Printer Effects Preview allows you to view and edit the
printer effects of Undercoat and Glossy Finish. You can
create new field to add, change its printer effects, and edit
it to resize or move prior to printing your print job.
• Adding the NEW field:
1. Click on the NEW button.
2. Position the cursor where you want the rectangle to
appear.
3. Click and drag to draw the shape.
• Changing the printer effects:
1. Right-click on the filed to display its selectable printer
effects.
2. Select the printer effects to change.
• Resizing the field:
1. Click on the field to select.
2. Drag one of the corner or size selection handles inward
to decrease the size, or outward to increase its size.
• Moving the filed:
1. Click on the field to select.
2. Drag the field to a new place in your preview window.
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Show Details dialog box
This Show Detail dialog box displays the current settings.
• Status Display
This status display area shows you all settings currently
selected in the printer driver. It also displays the
information of the installed ink cartridges.
• Refresh button
Click Refresh button to refresh and update the latest
printer status. You can click on the ink color indicator to
select it, then click Refresh button updates individually.
• Close button
Click Close to close the Show Details dialog box.
Paper Tab
This tab allows you to select a paper size and a few other settings.
Paper Size
Click the down arrow, and select a paper size from the displayed options. The available options are as follows:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Letter 8.5 x 11 in
A4 210 x 297 mm
B5 182 x 257 mm
Photo Paper 4 x 6 in
Photo Label 100 x 148 mm
Photo Label 100 x 164 mm
User Defined...
To open the User Defined Paper Size dialog box, select
the User Defined... option from the Paper Size menu. In
this dialog, you can create your custom paper size. Enter
the width and length, and type name of your cutom paper
size. Then click Save to save the settings. Up to ten
settings can be saved. To delete a setting, click the saved
name in the list, then click the Delete button.
VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus)
When VPhoto Paper (4x6" Plus) is selected in Media
Type, the paper size is fixed to VPhoto Paper (4x 6" Plus).
Photo Realistic Label
When Photo Realistic Label is selected in Media Type,
the paper size is fixed to Photo Realistic Label.
Photographic Label
When Photographic Label is selected in Media Type, the
paper size is fixed to Photographic Label.
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Layout
Set Pages Per Sheet and Scaling. The available options vary depending on the settings in Print Mode and
Paper Size.
• Pages Per Sheet
Select the corresponding option to print two, four, six,
or eight pages on one page. The orders of printing
pages can be selected with the Top-Left T Right and
Top-Left to Bottom radio buttons.
• Print Borders check box
Check this box to print border lines of each page.
• Scaling check box
Scaling can be set between 25% to 400%.
• Center On Page check box
Check this box to print data after executing centering.
Orientation
This setting sets the paper orientation.
• Portrait/Landscape
Click one of the radio buttons to set the paper orientation to either Portrait or Landscape.
• Flip Horizontal
Turning on this option prints an image flipped horizontally. When you select Iron-on Sheet or Back Print
Film in the Media Type setting, this check box is automatically checked.
• Upside & Down check box
Check this box to print the image after turning it 180
degrees.
Copies
Input the number of copies to be printed by typing the
number in the edit box.
Select different printing options by clicking on the check
boxes.
• Collate
Print multiple copies in collated order.
• Reverse Page Order
Print in reverse order beginning with the last page.
Paper Source
This setting allows you to set the paper feed mode. The
current paper feed mode is displayed in the box.
Click one of the radio buttons to select a paper feed mode
appropriate for the paper type. The available modes are
Automatic Feed and Manual Feed.
Set the paper feed switch of the printer as displayed on
the screen.
Overlay
This option allows two consecutive pages of a document
to be printed on the same sheet. Use this option when
printing metallic color data, and then full color data. This
option is not available when Metallic with Full Color has
been selected in the Document Type setting.
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Image Settings Tab
Set the brightness, contrast, and color balance of the printed image in this tab.
Photo Enhancement
This option allows you to select either automatic saturation or color balance.
When Use Automatic option is selected, you can use
Saturation or Color Balance option.
• Saturation
To increase the contrast in an image.
• Color Balance
To intensify the colors and lighten the midtones in
an image.
• Darker Black
When this box is checked, black is created using all
four inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), so that
the black portions of a color photograph or other
graphic are blended more naturally.
Image
Adjust the brightness and contrast of the image by moving the sliders.
Increasing the brightness makes the entire image
brighter. Increasing the contrast intensifies the differences between light and dark areas.
Color Match
This setting allows the printer to adjust colors according to the data type, for higher color printing quality.
The available options are as follows:
Color Balance
This setting allows you to adjust the color balance of the
printed image. Click on the Color Balance button to display the color balance setup sliders. Move the sliders to
change the color balance settings.
• Saturation
Adjusts the color intensity of the printed image. Moving the slider to the right intensifies the colors, and
makes the printed colors more vivid. Moving it to the
left reduces the color intensity, and makes the printed
colors more dull.
• Red Strength
Adjusts the brightness of red in the printed image. Moving the slider to the right intensifies red, while moving
it to the left reduces the intensity of red.
• None
No color matching.
• Use Driver’s Matching
Color matching is performed automatically by the
printer driver.
• Match for Graphics/Texts
Colors are adjusted for business documents that contain some graphics. When Graphics/Texts is selected
in the Document Types setting, this option is automatically selected.
• Match for Photographs
Colors are adjusted for photographs or illustrations.
When Photographs is selected in the Document
Types setting, this option is automatically selected.
• Green Strength
Adjusts the brightness of green in the printed image.
Moving the slider to the right intensifies green, while
moving it to the left reduces the intensity of green.
• Blue Strength
Adjusts the brightness of blue in the printed image.
Moving the slider to the right intensifies blue, while
moving it to the left reduces the intensity of blue.
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