So how do we load the metal?

First of all, you MUST make sure that your printer allows you to print with a straight printing path. A few printers from HP & Canon do NOT allow for this option. The full Epson line allows for straight path printing. If you are unsure if your printer allows for straight path printing you can check in your manual or e-mail info@booksmartstudio.com. The straight printing path prevents the metal from bending up and hitting your print head causing damage. We have fed this material through every machine with a straight pathway with NOT a single head being damaged. For the Epson’s large-format printers such as they 7xxx & 9xxx series you load the metal, as if it were sheet material.

 

So how do I figure out how to load the metal?

Since each machine has its own and unique way of loading in a straight pathway you should read in your owners manual for either of the following loading directions:
    • Front manual loading
    • Rear manual loading
    • Slot loading
    • Manual loading

 

Please refer to your printers manual to learn how to load in the manual position whether it is front feed or rear feed.  Each printer has it own series of buttons to push for loading in the manual slot.

 

PDF tutorials for printing on the metal

 

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Canon iPF5000, 5100, & 6100 Printers

A printable PDF version is available by clicking here

Loading the Metal into the Printer

-Set Feeder Selection to Auto Feed.

-Press the Menu button and arrow right to Med.(Medium) Detail Set. Arrow down.

-Arrow right to select your media type (Backlit Film is suggested). This will have to be the media type you later select when printing so please take note.

-Arrow down and then arrow right until you get to tray source. Arrow down and then arrow right to get to Front.

-Press OK.

-Now press the Feeder Selection button. You will be prompted to select you Tray Paper Type followed by your size. Be sure to select the paper type corresponding to your previous selection.  You will notice the limited size options given to you at this time. Select manual if you have no corresponding options. The minimum length you can set is 279.0mm, if you metal is smaller just set it at the min. and the plug in will override it.  Please note this is usually the shorter dimension as it goes along the tray (between the two arrows in image 2).

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Image 1

 

-A message will appear stating Check Back Space. This is a reminder that the metal will continue straight out the back and sufficient space is needed behind the printer. Also, if you have the roll paper option, make sure the cover for it is closed. Press OK.

 

-You will be prompted to open the top cover. You will find under the lid a diagram to assist you in knowing where to line things up. The first two steps are useful, but instead of following the third one load the metal so the front lines up with the silver metal bar it sits on in the front of the printer as seen in the image 2.

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Image 2

Canon iPF Series Print Plug-In Dialog Box

Canon Print Plugin Main Window

Main Options:

Media Type is suggested to be set at Backlit Film. Output Profile Should be set with your or Booksmart Studio’s generic metal ICC Profile.

Canon Print Plugin Page Setup WindowPage Setup Option:

Media Size should be set according to the size metal you are printing with. Layout options will vary. A nice feature to selecting Print Area Layout 2 as a Preview option is that if your image is outside of the printable area it will be greyed out. You can grab the image in the preview window and reposition it on the page to unsure the entire image will print. For addition help in printing through the Canon iPF 5xxx, 6xxx Plug-In please refer to the Printing on the Canon iPF Series from Adobe Photoshop™ Guide.

Print Handling

Avoid touching the surface of the metal. Hold by edges. Allow ink time to dry before stacking or handling.

Print Protection

It is strongly recommended to spray coat or laminate the final print. For spray coating use ClearJet® Clear-Coating Type AFA Fine Art in either Gloss or Semi-Gloss. We apply two coats of the Semi-Gloss and then as many of the Gloss until the desired finish is achieved.

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Canon Pro 9xxx Pixma Series

 

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Canon Pro 9000 Pixma, Pro 9500 Pixma,  Pro 9000 Pixma II, Pro 9500 Pixma II Printers

To download a printable PDF version click here


1. Prepare Your Printer
 

Make sure you do NOT have any clogged nozzles. Run the Nozzle Check before printing images. If you run the test prints with clogged nozzles it will throw off your color once they are unclogged. (Please refer to your printer manual for additional instructions)

 

2. Loading the Fine Art Metal into the printer 

A. The metal requires to be loaded into the front path of the Pro 9500.

B. Open the front tray

C. Its recommended to wear gloves at all times when handling the Fine Art Metal.

D. Gently press the release button as shown in picture #1 to release the front tray and tilt it forward.The front feed button will light.

 

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Picture 1

E. Lift the front tray until it stops as shown in picture #2.

 

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Picture 2

F. While keeping the front tray lifted , tilt the front tray forward to set it in Front Paper Feeding Position as shown in picture #3. 

 

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Picture 3

G. Ensure that the Front Feed Button is lit.

H. Press the Rear Support Button to open the Rear Support as shown in picture #4. 

 

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Picture 4

I. Pull out the Front Extension completely as shown in picture #5

 

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J. Press the right corner of the rear support to open the rear support extension as shown in picture #6.

K. Press the Front Feed button. The printer starts making operating noises and then the Power lamp flashes for about 20 seconds.

L. Ensure that the Power lamp is lit and the Front Feed button is flashing quickly.

 

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Picture 6

M. Load the metal straight into the tray with the print side facing up. Align the front edge of the paper with the Sheets/Arrow mark on the Front Tray. Align the right edge of the paper against the right side of the front tray as shown in picture #7. 

 

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Picture 7

3. Setting Up Photoshop’s Print Settings

A. Go to File / Print from the top menu bar.

B. Set your Page Setup settings appropriately.  

C. Select Photoshop Manages Color.

D. Select the profile you wish to use.  

E. Select the proper rendering intent.

F. Click on Black Point compensation.

G. Click Print. 

 

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4. Setting up the Canon Pro 9500 print driver:

A. Choose the correct printer.

B. Click on the tab that reads Layout, and go to Quality & Media.

C. For the Media Type select Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss.

D. For Paper Source select Front Tray.

E. For Print Mode select Printing a Top Quality Photo.

F. Click Print.

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5. Print Handling:

Avoid touching the surface of the metal. Hold by edges, and wear gloves if you are noticing fingerprints. Allow the ink to have time to dry prior to stacking or handling.

6. Print Protection:

It is strongly recommended to apply a spray coating or laminate to the final print. For spray coating use ClearJet® Clear-Coating Type AFA Fine Art in either Gloss or Semi-Gloss.

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Epson R1800 Printer

*Please Note the R1800 only accepts A4 size Fine Art metal*
A printable PDF version is available by clicking here

1. Prepare Your Printer Make sure you do NOT have any clogged nozzles.

Run the Nozzle Check before printing images. If you run the test prints with clogged nozzles it will throw off your color once they are unclogged. (Please refer to your printer manual for additional instructions)

 

2. Loading the Fine Art Metal into the printer

A. The metal requires to be loaded into the front path of the R1800. Open the printer cover. Then open the front path door completely by pressing the front path door release area (see picture 1).
B. Close the printer cover.
C. Insert the sheet of metal two or three inches into the printer and push the left edge guide against the media’s edge.
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Picture 1

D. Maintain slight pressure on the guide while inserting the media the rest of the way into the printer. Stop when the front edge of the media is aligned with the arrow on the right side (see picture 2).
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Picture 2

E. Press the sheet-trash icon button(see picture 3).  • The media is fed into the printer automatically.  • When the power button light stops flashing the printer is ready to print. F.  Before printing, select Manual-Front as the source setting (Windows) or Manual-Front as the paper source setting within the Paper Size menu (Mac) in your printer software (If your printer fails to load the media and displays an error, remove the media and turn off the printer. Then turn the printer on again).

G. Its recommended to wear gloves at all times when handling the Fine Art Metal.
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Picture 3

3. Setting Up Photoshop’s Print Settings

A. Go to File / Print from the top menu bar. B. Set your Page Setup settings appropriately. C. Select Photoshop Manages Color. D. Select the profile you wish to use. E. Select the proper rendering intent. F. Click on Black Point compensation. G. Click Print.

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4. Setting up the Epson R1800 print driver:

A. Choose the correct printer.

B. Click on the tab that reads Layout, and go to Paper Feed and select Manual Feed (front).

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C. Then go to Printer Features:

1. Under Color Mode and select RGB Color.
2. Under Color Precision select Best.
3. Under Media Type select Premium Luster Photo Paper.
4. Under Print Quality select Best.
5. Under resolution select 2880×1440 DPI.
6. Click Print.
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5. Print Handling: Avoid touching the surface of the metal.

Hold by edges, and wear gloves if you are noticing fingerprints. Allow the ink to have time to dry prior to stacking or handling.

6. Print Protection: It is strongly recommended to apply a spray coating or laminate to the final print.

For spray coating use ClearJet® Clear-Coating Type AFA Fine Art in either Gloss or Semi-Gloss.

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Epson R2400 Printer

A printable PDF version is available by clicking here

1. Prepare Your Printer Make sure you do NOT have any clogged nozzles.

Run the Nozzle Check before printing images. If you run the test prints with clogged nozzles it will throw off your color once they are unclogged. (Please refer to your printer manual for additional instructions)

 

2. Loading the Fine Art Metal into the printer

A. The metal requires to be loaded into the front path of the R2400. Open the printer cover. Then open the front path door completely by pressing the front path door release area (see picture 1).
B. Close the printer cover.
C. Insert the sheet of metal two or three inches into the printer and push the left edge guide against the media’s edge.
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Picture 1

D. Maintain slight pressure on the guide while inserting the media the rest of the way into the printer. Stop when the front edge of the media is aligned with the arrow on the right side (see picture 2).
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Picture 2

E. Press the sheet-trash icon button(see picture 3)

• The media is fed into the printer automatically.
• When the power button light stops flashing the printer is ready to print.
F. Before printing, select Manual-Front as the source setting (Windows) or Manual-Front as the paper source setting within the Paper Size menu (Mac) in your printer software (If your printer fails to load the media and displays an error, remove the media and turn off the printer. Then turn the printer on again).
G. Its recommended to wear gloves at all times when handling the Fine Art Metal.
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Picture 3

3. Setting Up Photoshop’s Print Settings

A. Go to File / Print from the top menu bar. B. Set your Page Setup settings appropriately. C. Select Photoshop Manages Color. D. Select the profile you wish to use. E. Select the proper rendering intent. F. Click on Black Point compensation. G. Click Print.

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4. Setting up the Epson R2400 print driver:

A. Choose the correct printer.

B. Click on the tab that reads Layout, and go to Paper Feed and select Manual Feed (front).

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C. Then go to Printer Features:

1. Under Color Mode and select RGB Color.
2. Under Color Precision select Best.
3. Under Media Type select Premium Luster Photo Paper.
4. Under Print Quality select Best.
5. Under resolution select 2880×1440 DPI.
6. Click Print.
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5. Print Handling: Avoid touching the surface of the metal.

Hold by edges, and wear gloves if you are noticing fingerprints. Allow the ink to have time to dry prior to stacking or handling.

6. Print Protection: It is strongly recommended to apply a spray coating or laminate to the final print.

For spray coating use ClearJet® Clear-Coating Type AFA Fine Art in either Gloss or Semi-Gloss.

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Epson 3800 & 3880 Printer

A printable PDF version is available by clicking here

1. Prepare Your Printer Make sure you do NOT have any clogged nozzles.

Run the Nozzle Check before printing images. If you run the test prints with clogged nozzles it will throw off your color once they are unclogged. (Please refer to your printer manual for additional instructions)

2. Loading the Fine Art Metal into the printer

A. The metal requires to be loaded into the front path of the 3800. Press the front cover to release it and open the output tray (pic. #1.)

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Picture 1

B. Press the front tray as shown in pic. #2 to pop it out.

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Picture 2

C. Insert the sheet of metal into the printer coating side up. Position the right edge of the paper against the right side of the tray and align the metal’s bottom edge with the white line on the tray (pic. #3.) 

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Picture 3

D. Press the paper feed button to feed the metal into the printing position.

E.  Use both hands to pull out and extend the output tray, lifting it slightly as you pull. Now its ready to print.

F. Its recommended to wear gloves at all times when handling the Fine Art Metal.

3. Setting Up Photoshop’s Print Settings

A. Go to File / Print from the top menu bar. B. Set your Page Setup settings appropriately. C. Select Photoshop Manages Color. D. Select the profile you wish to use. E. Select the proper rendering intent. F. Click on Black Point compensation. G. Click Print.

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4. Setting up the Epson 3800 print driver:

A. Choose the correct printer.

B. Click on the tab that says Layout, and go to  Print Settings. C. Then follow these steps:

        1. Under Media Type go to Premium Luster Photo Paper.

         2. Under Mode click on Advanced Settings.          3. Under Print Quality select SuperPhoto 2880dpi.          4. Check Finest Detail.

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5. Go back to main driver tab and under Printer Color Management click “Off” for No Color Adjustment.

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6. Go back again to the main driver tab and under Paper Configuration change the     Platen Gap to “Wider”.

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5. Print Handling: Avoid touching the surface of the metal.

Avoid touching the surface of the metal. Hold by edges, and wear gloves if you are noticing fingerprints. Allow the ink to have time to dry prior to stacking or handling.

6. Print Protection: It is strongly recommended to apply a spray coating or laminate to the final print.

For spray coating use ClearJet® Clear-Coating Type AFA Fine Art in either Gloss or Semi-Gloss.

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the Epson 4xxx Series Printers

A printable PDF version is available here


These directions should provide guidance for the 4000, 4800, & 4880
 

Loading the Metal

The option Paper Size Check must be turned on. To do so press the menu button on the printer, arrow right and the down until you come to the PPR SIZE CHK option. Arrow right and you will see that it is either ON or OFF. If it is OFF arrow down and press the menu button so the star appears beside the option. To leave the menu arrow to the left until you come back to the READY window.

The paper source on the printer should be set as sheet.
Release the paper lever and open the top cover.

Insert the sheet face up through the front of the printer right above the rollers as seen in image 1.
Looking down front the top of the printer line up the right edge of the metal with the end up the furthest grey roller in the interior as seen in image 2.

Push the metal back so it tucks under the interior grey rollers (1) and lines up with the black rollers in the front (2).

Close the top cover and secure the paper lever. 
You will be prompted to press the pause button on the printer.
The printer will take a few moments to finish loading the paper before it comes back to READY.

Image 1: Arrows point to edges of metal

Image 1: Arrows point to edges of metal

 

Image 2: Arrow point to where to align metal edge.

Image 2: Arrow point to where to align metal edge.  

Troubleshooting

If the metal itself is being scratches by the printer you can widen the platen gap. To do so press the menu button on the printer and arrow right to PLATEN GAP. Arrow right to select it and arrow down until you come to Widest. Press menu so a star  appears nest to the option. Now you have it selected. Arrow left to come back out to the READY window. You will also need to select the widest option in the print driver. After setting your Printer Color Management scroll down one more to Paper Configuration. Where it says Platen Gap change it from auto to widest.

The problem of scratches through the ink. When the metal prints out there is the possibility of it bending. On the printer’s tray there is a ramp that pops up. This, or placing a book on the tray, will keep the metal from bending as it comes out and prevent head strikes from the curvature.

Printing on the Fine Art Metal with the HP B9180 Printer

A printable PDF version is available by clicking here

1. Prepare Your Printer

Make sure you do NOT have any clogged nozzles.
Run the Nozzle Check before printing images. If you run the test prints with clogged nozzles it will throw off your color once they are unclogged.
(Please refer to your printer manual for additional instructions)

2. Loading the Fine Art Metal into the printer

A. The metal requires use of the front specialty media tray which you need to pull down as shown in picture #1   

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Picture 1

 

B. The next step is to insert the sheet of metal to the edge of the dotted line on the specialty media tray as shown in picture #2. Make sure your loading the metal coating side up. Its recommended to wear gloves at all times when handling the Fine Art Metal.

 

Picture 2

Picture 2

3. Setting Up Photoshop’s Print Settings

A. Go to File / Print from the top menu bar.

B. Set your Page Setup settings 
appropriately. 

C. Select Photoshop Manages Color.

D. Select the profile you wish to use.

E. Select the proper rendering intent. 

F.  Click on Black Point compensation.

G. Click Print.

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4. Setting up the HP B9180 print driver:

A. Choose the correct printer.

B. Click on the tab that reads Layout, and go to
Paper Type/Quality.

 

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C. It is recomended to use the HP Advanced Photo Paper Soft Gloss for the Paper Type.

D. Under the Quality tab select Maximum dpi.

E. Under the Source tab select Specialty Media Tray.

F. Click Print

 

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5. Print Handling:

Avoid touching the surface of the metal. Hold by edges, and wear gloves if you are noticing fingerprints. Allow the ink to have time to dry prior to stacking or handling.

6. Print Protection:

It is strongly recommended to apply a spray coating or laminate to the final print. For spray coating use ClearJet® Clear-Coating Type AFA Fine Art in either Gloss or Semi-Gloss.