Monday May 22, 2000
BEACH, Calif. --May 22, 2000--Portrait and fine art photographers and
artists will soon be able to create the first truly archival photo
reproduction quality prints from a desktop ink jet printer.
Epson America Inc., leader in high-quality award-winning imaging
products, is redefining the photography market with the launch of the
EPSON Stylus(R) Photo 2000P, which delivers true photographic quality
prints that will last several lifetimes.
Using EPSON Archival Ink and certain new compatible Epson papers, the
EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P boasts lightfastness rated at more than 200
years under fluorescent lighting conditions, in a glass frame, before
noticeable fading occurs.
Until now, photographers and artists who needed longevity and stability
for heirloom prints and outdoor displays had to settle for
less-than-ideal pigment ink solutions. Because pigment inks are composed
of insoluble particles of color that retain their color after the outer
color fades, these inks offered a high level of lightfastness and
waterfastness. However they also have had a lower color gamut, lower
gloss, incompatibility with resin coated photo media and less durability
against scratches than dye-based inks.
Breakthrough in Pigment Technology
Epson chemists now have found a way to overcome these shortcomings,
developing a pigment-based ink that couples the image quality of Epson's
dye-based inks with the longevity of pigment which truly redefines color
Through Epson's new development of MicroCrystal Encapsulation
technology, pigment crystals are coated in uniquely engineered resin
polymer to ensure even particle size and distribution for a color gamut
and gloss that far exceeds other pigment solutions and rivals dye.
The resin polymer also enhances durability by pulling the pigment deeper
into media crevices rather than resting on top of the surface and
provides an extra sealant coating on the surface, which resists
scratching. As a result, the EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P delivers prints
that outperform Lightjet and Pegasus prints in lightfastness and media
flexibility and outperform Iris prints in color, lightfastness and media
EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P -- Best for Portrait and Fine Art
The EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P uses the company's award-winning Advanced
Micro Piezo Technology and durable permanent print head to eliminate
misting, provide consistent dot size and shape, and ensure accurate dot
placement with 1440 x 720 dpi resolution.
The intuitive coverage of Variable Sized MicroDroplet Technology coupled
with Acuphoto Halftoning delivers the widest color range of pigment with
continuous tone quality, using tiny pigment particles as small as 0.1
microns for the finest detail and gorgeous highlights.
Designed to address the needs of photographers, the EPSON Stylus Photo
2000P has a large printable area up to 13" x 44". Eliminating
left and right margins, the printer also features 4", 8.3" and
13" edge-to-edge printing on both cut-sheet and roll paper. A roll
paper holder is included with the printer, as well as a value pack of
The EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P has several notable driver features,
including automatic image resizing, watermark previewing, poster
printing and photo enhance options to create sepia tones and autocorrect
Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the printer
features standard USB, standard parallel, and optional external Ethernet
connectivity. The EPSON Stylus RIP is also an option, which will be
available in the fall.
The EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P offers a modern, attractive case design and
black and silver case color, as well as quiet operation. And to save the
user money, the printer also features the Intellidge ink cartridge,
which includes a memory chip that tracks ink usage and reclosable valves
that enable users to remove and reinstall cartridges as needed.
For optimal image quality, the printer is designed to ensure that inks
are completely dry before subsequent printhead passes are made. This
eliminates smudging, bleeding, and waiting time before touching the
print after it comes out of printer.
New Media Maximize Output
In conjunction with the launch of the printer and EPSON Archival(TM)
ink, Epson is also launching several media formulated to work most
effectively with the new pigment technology, including resin-coated
photographic as well as fine art papers. These media include:
-- EPSON Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
-- EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper
-- EPSON Archival Matte Paper
-- EPSON Watercolor Paper
Later this year, Epson plans to launch a cotton canvas and cotton rag
fine art media for the EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P.
The EPSON Stylus Photo 2000P, with an estimated street price of $899,
will be available through mail order, specialty camera and art stores,
and on the Epson web site starting mid-July. The printer is backed by
the one-year EPSON Exchange Warranty, enabling customers to receive a
replacement printer if a problem cannot be corrected by telephone
It is also supported by the EPSON Connection, a customer support
technical assistance line. More information about Epson and its products
is available by calling 800/GO EPSON (800/463-7766) or visiting the
company Web site at www.epson.com.