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Can I get my printer to print sharper edges?
Platen Gap Settings:
Larger printer have a control that allows you to raise and lower the print head depending on the thickness of the media you are printing. By default they are set to Standard which is normal and used by the majority, but they have other settings narrow, wide, wider and widest. The closer the head is to the media the less dispersion you will receive.
It's an inkjet so think of it as an aerosol paint spray can, The closer you are to a surface the less dispersion there will be. Obviously you want to prevent flooding as well but the inkjet head is in steady motion so that is handled for you. With proper RIP ink flow settings you can improve your films detail and edging.
Newer printer models:
1. Locate from the control panel on the printer "printer setup" and go to Platen Gap.
2. Click the up or down arrow until you see the desired setting, usually Standard or Narrow work best with most screen print film media.
3. Return to Ready mode.
4000, 4800 and 4880 printers:
1. Click the Menu button two times until it displays "Printer Setup Platen Gap".
2. Click the Menu button to enter into this section.
3. Click the up or down arrow until you see the desired setting, usually Standard or Narrow work best with most screen print film media.
4. Click the Menu or Enter button to lock in the setting. A star or (asterisk) will appear.
5. Click the Pause button to return to the Ready mode.
Print some test pages and evaluate the result.
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