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Ultratone Black and White RC ink for Epson R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595 and RX680 Printers

 

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Black and White inkjet printing keeps getting easier. With these new inks, the Epson R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 printers (6 ink printers under $100) can produce 8x10 prints that are visually equal to those made by the most expensive systems.

Note that these printers have two sets of cartridge numbers used by Epson, the T0771 through T0776 series which are Epson's high capacity ink cartridges, and T0781 through T0786 which contain less ink. We are using the T0771-T0776 series as our cartridges meet the same ink volume specifications.

UT-RC Black and White ULTRATONE BULK INK FOR THE R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 Printers

The MIS Ultratone ink for the R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 printers is available in 4 oz, Pint and Gallon bottles. Click on the blue part number links to order.
 
 

WARM PRINTS
Warm Tone UT-RCW Black and White UltraTone Ink - for Epson R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 Printers
Position 4 oz   $40.00 Pint   $100.00 Gallon   $600.00
Cyan Position- C RC-WRM-4-C RC-WRM-PT-C RC-WRM-GL-C
Magenta Position - M RC-WRM-4-M RC-WRM-PT-M RC-WRM-GL-M
Yellow Position - Y RC-WRM-4-Y RC-WRM-PT-Y RC-WRM-GL-Y
Light Cyan Position - LC RC-WRM-4-LC RC-WRM-PT-LC RC-WRM-GL-LC
Light Magenta Position - LM RC-WRM-4-LM RC-WRM-PT-LM RC-WRM-GL-LM
Matte Black (Eboni) - K * RC-WRM-4-K RC-WRM-PT-K RC-WRM-GL-K
Photo Black - RCW-PK * RC-WRM-4-PK RC-WRM-PT-PK RC-WRM-GL-PK
6 Inkset with Eboni Black
Warm Tone
$240.00 $600.00 $3600.00
RCWEK6-4-SET RCWEK6-PT-SET RCWEK6-GL-SET
6 Inkset with Photo Black
Warm Tone
$108.00 $300.00 $2304.00
RCWPK6-4-SET RCWPK6-PT-SET RCWPK6-GL-SET
* Note: Use photo black ink for gloss papers and Eboni black for matte papers. The photo black for the UT-RC inks is a special RC-PK photo black made to optimize the Dmax on photo papers.
For instructions, see R260/R280/R380 Printer Settings. Or visit Paul Roarks website for more information on black and white printing with the R260.

COOL PRINTS
Cool Tone UT-RC Black and White UltraTone Ink - for Epson R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 Printers
Position 4 oz   $40.00 Pint   $100.00 Gallon   $600.00
Cyan Position- C RC-CL-4-K RC-CL-PT-C RC-CL-GL-C
Magenta Position - M RC-CL-4-M RC-CL-PT-M RC-CL-GL-M
Yellow Position - Y RC-CL-4-Y RC-CL-PT-Y RC-CL-GL-Y
Light Cyan Position - LC RC-CL-4-LC RC-CL-PT-LC RC-CL-GL-LC
Light Magenta Position - LM RC-CL-4-LM RC-CL-PT-LM RC-CL-GL-LM
Matte Black (Eboni) - K * RC-CL-4-K RC-CL-PT-K RC-CL-GL-K
Photo Black - RCC-PK * RC-CL-4-PK RC-CL-PT-PK RC-CL-GL-PK
6 Inkset with Eboni Black
Cool Tone
$240.00 $600.00 $3600.00
RCCEK6-4-SET RCCEK6-PT-SET RCCEK6-GL-SET
6 Inkset with Photo Black
Cool Tone
$108.00 $300.00 $2304.00
RCCPK6-4-SET RCCPK6-PT-SET RCCPK6-GL-SET
* Note: Use photo black ink for gloss papers and Eboni black for matte papers. The photo black for the UT-RC inks is a special RC-PK photo black made to optimize the Dmax on photo papers.
For instructions, see R260/R280/R380 Printer Settings. Or visit Paul Roarks website for more information on black and white printing with the R260.

NEUTRAL PRINTS
UT-RC Neutral Tone B&W UltraTone Ink - for Epson R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 Printers
Position 4 oz   $40.00 Pint   $100.00 Gallon   $600.00
Cyan Position- C RC-NTL-4-C RC-NTL-PT-C RC-NTL-GL-C
Magenta Position - M RC-NTL-4-M RC-NTL-PT-M RC-NTL-GL-M
Yellow Position - Y RC-NTL-4-Y RC-NTL-PT-Y RC-NTL-GL-Y
Light Cyan Position - LC RC-NTL-4-LC RC-NTL-PT-LC RC-NTL-GL-LC
Light Magenta Position - LM RC-NTL-4-LM RC-NTL-PT-LM RC-NTL-GL-LM
Matte Black (Eboni) - K * RC-NTL-4-K RC-NTL-PT-K RC-NTL-GL-K
Photo Black - RCN-PK * RC-NTL-4-PK RC-NTL-PT-PK RC-NTL-GL-PK
6 Inkset with Eboni Black
Neutral Tone
$240.00 $600.00 $3600.00
RCNEK6-4-SET RCNEK6-PT-SET RCNEK6-GL-SET
6 Inkset with Photo Black
Neutral Tone
$240.00 $600.00 $3600.00
RCNPK6-4-SET RCNPK6-PT-SET RCNPK6-GL-SET
* Note: Use photo black ink for gloss papers and Eboni black for matte papers. The photo black for the UT-RC inks is a special RC-PK photo black made to optimize the Dmax on photo papers.
For instructions, see R260/R280/R380 Printer Settings. Or visit Paul Roarks website for more information on black and white printing with the R260.

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CONTINUOUS FLOW SYSTEMS FOR THE R260/R280/R380


If you are a frequent printer or doing some production work, then we recommend you purchase a MIS Continuous Flow System for your R260/R280/R380 printers. This will save you a tremendous amount of money. The cost to operate a CFS is at least 10 times less than using cartridges. If you only print occasionally, then a CFS is probably not going to benefit you. If left idle for a week at a time, like most printers, a CFS printer can start to develop problems. Our AUTOPRINT program (see CFS Page- halfway down) can be used to prevent problems from occuring, provided the printer and its computer remain powered.

Continuous Flow System with UT-RC UltraTone B&W Ink - for Epson R260/R280/R380 Printers
Printer Model Part Number Description Price
Epson R260/R280/R380 CFS-R260-E-RCW Prefilled CFS with Warm UT-RCW Black and White with Eboni Black $255
Epson R260/R280/R380 CFS-R260-E-RCC Prefilled CFS with Cool UT-RCC Black and White with Eboni Black $255
Epson R260/R280/R380 CFS-R260-E-RCN Prefilled CFS with Neutral UT-RCN Black and White with Eboni Black $255
Epson R260/R280/R380 CFS-R260-PK-RCW Prefilled CFS with Warm UT-RCW Black and White with Photo Black $255
Epson R260/R280/R380 CFS-R260-PK-RCC Prefilled CFS with Cool UT-RCC Black and White with Photo Black $255
Epson R260/R280/R380 CFS-R260-PK-RCN Prefilled CFS with Neutral UT-RCN Black and White with Photo Black $255
Click on the blue part number to order. For more information about CFS units, go to the CFS Page.

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WORKFLOW INSTRUCTIONS

Making Prints with MIS UT-RC Black and White Ultratone Inks on an Epson R260/R280/R380/RX580/RX595/RX680

Paul Roark has provided detailed instructions on how to use the MIS inks with these printers. The Epson driver can be used with the R260/R280/R380/RX580/RX595/RX680 and the output can be adjusted using the printer controls provided by Epson on the standard driver (Mac or PC). Photoshop can be used as the printing software, but it is not required. This is what we call the Easy Approach.

For the more sophisticated Black and White enthusiast, the R260 can be used with ICC profiles when printed with Photoshop Elements 4.0 or the full version of Photoshop. Users looking for the very fine details and control will find what they need with this method. If one wishes to make their own profiles, this can be accomplished with Roy Harrington's Quadtone Rip and "Create ICC" software along with suitable instrumentation like the Gretag Macbeth Eye One Photo spectrophotometer.

Both methods produce fantastic looking prints. Follow Paul's recommended settings and paper selections for the R260 printer. Or visit Paul Roarks website for more information on black and white printing with the R260.

If you choose to use the ICC profile approach, you can download the ICC files that Paul has created. After you unzip the file, be sure to read the Readme.doc file. Click here to learn where to store your ICC Profiles on your computer.

 
Information about the Inks

If you are using matte paper, then put in an Eboni black cartridge (RC[W,C or N]-T0771-K). If you are using glossy or semigloss paper, put in a Photo black cartridge (RC[W,C or N]-T0771-PK). The inks in the color cartridge do not have to change, they will work on matte or glossy papers.

The Ultratone inks are all extremely archival. Our tests indicate that they will far exceed 100 Wilhelm equivalent years. The fade resistance data from our Atlas Weather-O-Meter will be published shortly.

Do not mix these inks with other Non Ultratone inks. For refilling or Continuous Flow Systems, you must start with virgin empty cartridges. Provided this condition is met, no flushing or purging of the printer is needed. One or two cleaning cycles will remove any color or non Ultratone ink from inside the print head. These inks will not clog or damage your printer if you follow this advice.


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WHICH PAPER TO USE

Almost all papers print well with this inkset. The following have been tested and profiled with ICCs, although they print quite well even with no ICC.

  • Hahnamuhle Photo Rag
  • Epson Enhanced Matte (Now sold as “Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte”)
  • PermaJet Alpha and Innova Soft Texture
  • PremierArt Fine Art Hot Press PA205
  • Moab Natural
  • Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl
  • Epson Semigloss
  • Epson Premium Glossy
  • Kirkland Glossy Photo Paper (Costco brand)

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    WHERE TO BUY ONE OF THESE PRINTERS


    Epson Stylus Photo R260         Under $100

    The R260 replaces the similar R220 printer. The Epson Stylus Photo R260 is a great 6 color hextone printer for making beautiful Black and White prints using the MIS UT-RC Black and White inks.

    MIS offers prefilled cartridges, bulk inks, a CFS unit and there is also spongeless refill kit available for this printer.


    Epson Stylus Photo R280         Under $100

    The R280 replaces the similar R220 printer. The Epson Stylus Photo R280 is a great 6 color hextone printer for making beautiful Black and White prints using the MIS UT-RC Black and White inks.

    MIS offers prefilled cartridges, bulk inks, a CFS unit and there is also spongeless refill kit available for this printer.


    Epson Stylus Photo R380         About $130

    The R380 replaces the similar R-Series printers. The Epson Stylus Photo R380 is a great 6 color hextone printer for making beautiful Black and White prints using the MIS UT-RC Black and White inks.

    MIS offers prefilled cartridges, bulk inks, a CFS unit and there is also spongeless refill kit available for this printer.

     

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