Q: How do I fix banding in my prints?
A: This is a common issue, especially with Epson inkjet printers. There are some easy fixes, and we first have to identify what kind of banding you are seeing. There are 3 different types of banding:
- Dark banding
- Light banding
- Color banding
If you are seeing dark banding, which can be dark lines going in the direction of the printhead, you should first run a process to re-align the printheads. Epson calls this their 'Print Head Alignment', and can be found in the Utilities area of the printer driver. Dark banding occurs because there is too much overlap between the passes of the printhead, and a simple alignment can fix this most of the time. If this doesn't work you should disable high speed printing, which means the printhead only prints in 1 direction. This is recommended anyway, whether you are seeing banding or not.
If you are seeing light banding, which can be light lines going in the direction of the printhead, you should try a Head Cleaning, as one of your printheads may not be firing correctly. If this does not fix the issue, then run a Print Head Alignment and then disable High Speed Printing.
If you are seeing colored banding, just should run a Head Cleaning.
Voila! These are some simple solutions to common problems.