Epson p900 Panorama Printing

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  • Chuck Augenbraun
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    on: June 19, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    I am trying to print panoramas by cutting paper from 17 inch roll and feeding into top feeder

    I have success up to about 42 inches in length at which point printing ends and remaining paper ejects

    I thought it may have been related to slightly skewed paper feed, however on my last 2 attempts the feed was perfect and printing was going straight with no deviation in borders – just ejected around 42 inches.

    Does anyone know if there is a maximum length that can be printed in this way or am i doing something wrong.

    I am printing from lightroom,  letting lightroom control printer.  I am setting paper size to 17x 56 inches in set up

    Thanks for any info

    Chuck

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: Epson p900 Panorama Printing
    Reply #1 on: June 19, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    The limit is 129 inches, so if the settings were all correct the print should not stop at 42 inches, but that is if you are using the roll holder. If you use the sheet feeder the printer assumes you are using cut sheets and those have a limit of 62 inches, so your sheet should not eject at 42 if you have specified the page size correctly up to that limit. The manual also says page 151):

    “Make sure you selected the correct paper size and layout settings in your printing program and printer
    software.
    “Make sure you selected the correct paper size on the control panel.”

    Ideally you should use the roll holder to print panoramas from rolls.

    Tommy Weir
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    Reply #2 on: June 20, 2023 at 5:15 am

    Thanks Mark, I never knew the limit before, I’ve butted heads against it, I had a long accordion fold book I printed using the roll holder which ended up, infuriatingly, printing all the way but only to stop with half the last page.   I, of course, tried several times…

    My design had a long blank lead in to glue down on the hand made hard cover and fold back from.   I fixed my issue by flipping the entire design upside down so the long blank lead in was at the end.

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    Chuck Augenbraun
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    Reply #3 on: June 20, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you, Mark

    i think my setup was correct.  I’ve attached a few screenshots showing my settings.

    interestingly, I received a reply from Epson who suggested my computer may not be powerful enough.  I’m using a 2017 iMac with 64 mb ram.  I may try printing from a more recent IMac.

    another suggestion was that it is Lightroom and I should try using EPL to print.  I just hate giving up control of printing from Lightrooom

    thanks for the help

    Chuck

    Chuck Augenbraun
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    Reply #4 on: June 22, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Mark,

    Thank you for the suggestions.

    I wanted to provide followup on how the issue was finally resolved.

    My settings seemed to be correct.

    I had also sent an email to Epson who suggested the problem might have been with my computer.  Apparently, some older computers will not handle large print files with the p900.  News to me.   I was using an Imac (approximately 2017 model) with 64 mb Ram.

    Brought the file over to my wife’s 2021 IMAC with 64 mb Ram,  used the same settings and “presto” the print worked at 56 inches with no interruption.

    I was surprised but this was a pretty good controlled experiment.  I guess the time has come to upgrade the computer.  Hopefully I will spend less time with the spinning beach ball

    Chuck

    Mark D Segal
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    Reply #5 on: June 22, 2023 at 8:50 am

    That’s useful Chuck, and thanks for updating us. And yes, if you upgrade your computer to one of the new Apple Silicon models with M1 or M2 chips you will immediately notice a more dramatic improvement of performance than you may have imagined possible.

    Keith Randolph
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    Reply #6 on: June 22, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    I am having difficulty printing a few long images (pano). I stitched and cropped the images in LR. They are sized to print on 17″ wide media. I make sure that there is between 1″ – 1.5″ minimum on all sides. There is usually more on top & bottom. I have cut the media (39″) from some roll paper I had when I had a 4800, (I don’t currently have roll adapters for either of my new printers). I’ve tried printing through LR, PS and Epson Print Layout (EPL). All show the same full image in the previews so that I know the layout on paper is correct. The issue is that it only seems to print about 25% -30% of the middle of the image, the entire length of the media. Windows 10 – 64, printers are Epson P800 & P900. LR & PS are subscription so up to date as is EPL. What can I do to make sure the entire image gets printed as it appears in the print preview? I am going to post this on other forums to make sure this gets viewed.

    Mark D Segal
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    Reply #7 on: June 22, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    What you see in the application preview and what’s going on in the printer driver can differ. When it comes to printing these unusual sizes, it is safest to create a custom paper size in the driver’s page set-up and make sure you have the correct paper feed and custom size selected in the driver before you press print from the application. Also make sure your paper orientation is set to Landscape.

    Keith Randolph
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    Reply #8 on: June 22, 2023 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the reply Mark, but I did set up a custom size. I cut the paper to 39″ assuming a 1.5″ boarder on each end (as top and bottom could vary, depending on the image). Since the paper came off a roll & I knew that it would not feed well for the top (rear in Epson parlance), I attached a cut a 3″ scrap from a 17″ wide paper in order for the paper feed into the printer. The custom size was then made to be 42″long x 17″wide. The print would begin printing exactly where I wanted it to begin, but as I stated, only the middle of the image would get printed. For example: the image is 14″ x 36″. It starts printing 4.5″ in (on the left hand side of the image) and continues to the end, leaving a 1.5 ” boarder on the right hand side (the full 36″ of the image). However, what is missing is the top ~4″ from the top & bottom of the image.

    Mark D Segal
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    Reply #9 on: June 22, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Could it be the kind of computer problem Chuck mentioned above? I wonder. Short of that, could you post screen grabs of all your print settings?

    Keith Randolph
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    Re: Epson p900 Panorama Printing
    Reply #10 on: June 28, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    LR setting
    Epson-Page-Setup-in-LR-PS
    Epson-Print-Layou-Capture
    I hope this can shed some light on the matter!

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: Epson p900 Panorama Printing
    Reply #11 on: June 28, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    In the bottom illustration of the LR interface, I notice that you have different settings for the left and right margins. If you want the pano to be centered on the page, these two margin sizes should be the same, and each one should be half the difference between the image size and the page size. I would also like to see the settings that you have in the printer driver itself for the custom size “36 Pano” that you created, because the problem could be lodged there. Please go to User Defined for Paper Settings Size, click the entry for “36 Pano” and grab an image of the interface showing the parameters entered into those boxes.

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