Ink Change procedure for Epson® Photo Stylus Printers: R200, R220, R300, R300M, R320, 1400 using Piezography K6 prefilled ink cartridges


Summary Use the procedures below to install prefilled Piezotone or Piezography NK6 ink cartridges in the printers listed above. If you wish to install a Continuous Inking System (CIS) on your printer, please use the documentation that came with the CIS. For information on ink fill order when filling a CIS with Piezography K6 inks, please refer to these tables for information for your specific printer model.



Preliminary steps

Ink Change Procedures

Storage of previously used K6 ink cartridges

Printing images with K6 inks and QuadToneRIP software



Preliminary Steps


Printer Testing

Verify that your printer functions perfectly with Epson inks. In addition to printing a perfect nozzle check, make certain that the printer does not have unfixable banding problems by making test prints. Take the time to scrutinize your printer’s performance before the next step. It is not possible to diagnose many printing problems on a printer that has not first been tested with Epson inks.


Item Needed

Set of Piezography K6 ink cartridges, of any available tone (Neutral, Sepia or SplitTone).



Ink change procedure

1.       Test the printer with Epson inks to verify that it functions perfectly, as described above.

2.       Push the ink change button, and when the print head moves to the cartridge change position, remove the Epson cartridges and install the Piezography K6 cartridges after you have peeled off the vent tabs (note: before putting the Piezography cartridges in your printer, look at the air vent holes that had been covered with the vent tabs. Make sure that the holes are open, and are not blocked with a little piece of vent tab. If you think that the vent holes are blocked, poke a pin through the tab material, into the vent hole, to vent the cartridge). Close the cartridge lids and return the print head to the parked position, by pushing the ink change button again.

3.       The printer will sense that new cartridges have been installed and will run through a small purge cycle, that will take a minute or so. Run two additional print head cleaning cycles, to ensure that you have removed the color inks from you system.

4.       Verify that you have a perfect nozzle check pattern before printing images. The pattern will consist of six sections, of different shades of gray. The lightest shade, shade #6, is faint.

Storage of previously used K6 ink cartridges

You may wish to remove  and save one or more cartirdges that you have removed from your printer, for use in the future. If you want to store your cartridges for later use, place the removed cartridges in plastic bags, close the bags tightly to minimize ink evaporation, and place the cartridges in a box so that they sit upright, as they do when they are in the printer. Storing a previously opened cartridge on its side or upside down will allow ink to leak out of the air vent holes.



Printing images with K6 inks and QuadToneRIP software

In order to use these inks correctly, you must print your images through QuadToneRIP shareware. QuadToneRIP contains premade curves (profiles) to use the correct shades of ink in different regions of a print. It is not possible to achieve good results without using QuadToneRIP.


QuadToneRIP is downloaded from this website:


Information on using QuadToneRIP is found here: QuadToneRIP Getting Started Guide.