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What are Epson Media EMY Files? How do I use them?


What Are EMY Epson Media Files?

EMY stands for Epson Media Files.  They are a custom media type

What is a media type?  If you print, you should set them every time you click the print button.

In the Windows driver they are these:

On a Mac they look like this:

Epson cooked up EMY files to do a few things:

  • Be a media type setting
  • Contain advanced settings such as paper thickness, platen gap, ink density, and more.
  • Encompass color management information in very select applications - not in Photoshop, Lightroom, and other everyday apps you may use.

They also removed the now embedded settings from the driver where they used to be easily accessible.  They are good in that the EMY is a one-stop-shop for settings and troublesome if you don't like dealing with the Media Installer application.

IMPORTANT POINTS

EMY files and made, edited, and maintained by software called the Epson Media Installer.

EMY files are designed to be made and maintained by you, the user. However, we have created a base set of files for your convenience.

You can edit the settings in an EMY file at any time. Save it as a new name if you want to keep the old EMY file intact.

All non-Epson EMY files are built using an existing Epson EMY file as a base. For example, when we made the UltraPro Satin EMY file, we started with the Epson Premium Luster EMY.

If you want to make your own EMY files, you will do the same. Pick the closest Epson paper, make a copy, then edit that copy.

HOW TO LAUNCH THE EPSON MEDIA INSTALLER WINDOWS

NOTE: If you do not see the icon in the Windows driver go to Epson.com and download the Epson Media Installer from there.

HOW TO LAUNCH THE EPSON MEDIA INSTALLER MAC

Using the FINDER, search for "Epson Media Installer".  

When the FINDER shows the Epson Media Installer, see below, click it.

NOTE: If you do not see the icon in the Mac Finder, go to Epson.com and download the Epson Media Installer from there.

EPSON MEDIA INSTALLER INTERFACE

1 – Make a copy of an EMY file. This is required to build a new EMY for a non-Epson paper.

2 – Edit existing EMY file

3 – Import files. Use this option to import RRP media files into the system.

4 – Export files.

5 – Status of each EMY file.

6 – Printer the Installer is currently talking to.

USING EPSON MEDIA FILES

Once the file installed, it will appear as a media type in the printer driver. This applies for Win and Mac. Below is a Win example.

Simply choose the media type and continue with the rest of your driver settings.

The paper thickness, platen gap, and other settings included in the EMY will be passed onto the printer.

Troubleshooting

Specific to Mac

Problem: I installed the EMY files into the app and they do not appear in the Media Type drop down menu.

Possible Solution: Verify that the EMY files show Registered in the Status column.

If they are, go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Printers & Scanners.

Remove the Epson printer in question and install it again.