For years, Epson has made stable and full-featured drivers for the Windows operating system. However, getting all the buttons pressed properly and all the windows set for optimum output in a color-managed workflow can be tricky, so with the help of Epson, I've outlined a step-by-step approach which should clear things up. By the way, most of the information presented in this article can also be used for other printer models and other Windows operating systems.
HELP FROM EPSON.COM
One page is not sufficient to do a full step-by-step routine, but have no fear—Epson has created an excellent tutorial for using the XP driver in a Color Managed Workflow.
To locate it, first select 'drivers and support' on the left side of Epson's home page, then select 'printers', then 'inkjet' and then the 'Epson 2200' on the right side of the screen (regardless of your printer). Then select the Windows link and last, click on the link under the printer's photo: 'Visit our ICC Profiles for Stylus Photo 2200 page'. Then select the link: 'How to Use ICC Profiles' which will download a file named 'Color-Managed-Workflow 2' to your machine. It will be worth the effort! The first section is for Mac OSX and the second is for Windows.
While you're there, if you are a 2200 user, also download the specific Windows profiles for the papers you intend to use, such as Premium Luster.
PROFILES MADE EASY
fig. 1: The Window's XP profiles folder
Windows XP has made vendor supplied and custom profiles easier to
install and use for printing. For example, if you download a
profile from a web site (i.e. mattepaper.icc), you can right click
on the file and select 'install profile'. It will then be copied to
your profiles folder.
The Epson 2200 profiles downloaded from the page described are even easier to install. After downloading, each profile will be contained in a folder which includes the file 'setup.exe'. Clicking on setup.exe will automatically install one or two profiles. One for 1440dpi and one for 2880dpi will usually be installed.
Now back to the PDF; the first section of the Windows tutorial guides you through the very important Color Settings dialog box found in Photoshop under Edit>Color Settings. I concur with the recommended settings for most users. The tutorial then takes you through the whole printing process.
fig. 2: XP Printer List, accessible through Control Panel/Printers &Faxes
Windows XP comes with pre-installed drivers for printers from
numerous manufacturers, which can be very helpful. Although they
are suitable in many cases, I recommend printing with the most
current drivers available from Epson.com because they have more features and are
often updated to fix or improve specific printing features.
It is possible to delete the installed XP drivers for your printers, but instead, I recommend just naming them to distinguish them from Epson's drivers. First go to Start>Control Panels>Printers & Faxes and change the name of the built-in driver to 'Ignore 2200' (fig. 2). Now install the Epson driver for the printer. This will make the Epson driver easier to find in your printer list; it will show up as 'Epson Stylus Photo 2200' after installation.
To find the drivers on Epson's site, follow the same instructions described in the second section of this article. It's a good idea to also download the updated Status Monitor if available. Depending on the printer, you may also see some excellent 'How To Animations' on Epson's site, which are well worth a look. Another important link is called 'Documents and Manuals' under 'Support Links' on the right side of the driver download screen. From there, many important documents are available, such as Product Service Bulletins describing issues like what to do if a USB port alert comes up.
After downloading the XP driver and Status Monitor, keep your printer off with the cable disconnected. Then double click on the file 'epson10720.exe' (for the Epson 2200), which will prompt you to Unzip the files. After running the .exe file click 'Stop Searching' if the program looks for a connected printer.
Next, attach the cable and turn on your printer. It should then be recognized by Windows XP's Wizard. Go to Start>Control Panels>Printers & Faxes and right click on the SP2200 driver to select 'Properties', then the 'Ports' tab, which will allow you to choose a port, (usually USB). Next, install the Status Monitor. If you have installation problems, Epson has very good e-mail support.