Printing the Panorama
The strips were carefully rolled, with the printing surface inside and fed through the normal feed, making sure the end entered the printer at exactly the desired angle. Not easy but with practice it is possible, with later machines you could utilise the roll paper feature which makes life a lot easier. Watch in wonder as this marvellous long creation appears and make sure you catch the paper before it falls to the ground.
The quality of paper to print on is now amazing and it is possible to purchase rolls from makers such as Lyson, Epson, Somerset Mills, Hahnemuhle, etc with superb surface textures that are normally only available for large format printers. These are then rolled out as required and cut to size with a craft knife, ruler and a cutting mat
Thicker art papers and card are best fed through the rear feed on the 2100 and the new GRP tray has adjustable guides that guarantee precise paper alignment. Without this guiding system it is extremely difficult to control the parallel feed of the paper and if you get it wrong there is the possibility of damaging the printer mechanism, apart from the frustration of having to trim the print and waste paper..
The Continuous Ink System and Lyson Fotonic Inks were supplied by John Read of Marrutt Digital in Uckfield and they have been really helpful throughout the whole transition from cartridges to the new set up. The ability to be able to print these long images without one of the cartridges becoming empty and stopping the session, resulting in the waste of both paper and ink, has been both a joy and a relief.
I am also impressed with Epson 2100 itself, the build quality and ability to keep churning out huge and impressive panoramas. It is just a shame about the dependence on such small cartridges.
Many thanks to Epson and John Read for helping satisfy my desires to print these long images.
For more information about Lyson products - www.marrutt.com/panoramics.php
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