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GIFTS FROM THE HEART ARE EASY TO MAKE AND AFFORDABLE WITH EPSON ARTISAN "HOW-TO" PROJECTS

Personalized Cards, Calendars, DVDs, and More for Everyone on Your Holiday List with the Epson Artisan 800

LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 13, 2008 /PRNewswire/ — In a holiday shopping season when friends and families are putting more emphasis on giving gifts that come from the heart, Epson is offering consumers a solution to create easy, affordable, how-to projects and crafts. With free project templates for personalized greeting cards, calendars, CD/DVDs, stationery, and wrapping paper, to name a few, Epson's new Artisan™ 800 all-in-one allows consumers to easily make one-of-a-kind holiday gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

"With a wide range of easy-to-use creative applications and capabilities at your fingertips, the Artisan 800 is the ideal tool for making unique and memorable holiday gifts," said Steve Semos, product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America Inc. "Whether it's coloring book pages made out of photos or drawings, notepaper with a background photo, or CDs and DVDs, the Artisan 800 helps you express your affection and holiday cheer in a personal way."

To make customized gift giving even easier, Epson has created a series of how-to videos and holiday-focused project templates that provide helpful instructions for creating one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Some examples include:

  • Printing directly onto a CD or DVD is simple with the Artisan series - no computer needed. Whether the disc features home movies or family photos, simply select a photo or a unique design and text, insert your CD or DVD, and print for a personalized, meaningful memento. To learn more about making custom CDs and DVDs, view the how-to video at the following link: CD/DVD Printing Without a Computer
  • Create a personalized calendar and stationery with the ArcSoft PrintCreations™ software included with the Artisan 800. Feature a series of photos throughout the year in a vibrant photo calendar, or as the background for fun paper projects and stationery. To learn more about making personalized photo calendars and stationery, view the how-to video at the following link: Get Creative with ArcSoft PrintCreations
  • With the Auto Photo Correction feature on the Artisan 800, it's simple to restore faded photos of family and friends back to rich, vivid colors for a memorable gift that everyone can enjoy. To learn more about auto correcting photos, view the how-to video at the following link: Printing Custom Stationery with a Photo Background
  • Epson's CreativeZone (www.epsoncreativezone.com) also features additional projects and gift ideas for this holiday season. Create unique wrapping paper out of scanned photos, fabric or 3D objects, and add more flair with custom labels and tags for a thoughtful, unforgettable gift. Or share your family's latest adventures and photos through festive greeting cards and newsletters.

Featuring six-color Ultra Hi-Definition Claria™ ink to create vivid, true-to-life photos with smudge, scratch and water resistance1, as well as fade resistance up to four times longer than photo lab prints2, the Artisan 800 offers total flexibility in printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. And with print speeds faster than competitive printers in its class, the Artisan 800 produces holiday photos, projects and gifts in no time from anywhere in the house via the built-in Wi-Fi® and Ethernet networking.

Artisan Series Pricing and Availability

With an estimated street price of $299.99, the Artisan 800 is available through Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and OfficeMax.com, as well as other major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide, mail order, PC manufacturers, the Internet, and Epson's own retail site, www.epsonstore.com. In addition, as part of the new Epson PreferredSM program, registered Artisan users have exclusive access to the MyEpson.com Web site that features a series of 20 online tutorial videos and more for making personalized gifts and projects3.

About Epson America Inc.

Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography, and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Note: Specifications are subject to change. Epson is a registered trademark and Claria is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Artisan is a trademark and Epson Preferred is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

1 Water resistance on Epson Glossy Papers, Epson Matte Papers and plain papers, when using genuine Epson inks.

2 Ink fade resistance ratings based on accelerated testing of unframed color prints on plain paper in indoor display conditions; claim that documents resist fading up to four times longer is based on accelerated testing of unframed color prints on plain paper in indoor display conditions. Actual print stability will vary according to light intensity, temperature, humidity, and other factors. Epson does not guarantee the longevity of prints. See www.wilhelm-research.com.

3 One-year limited warranty to all purchasers; toll-free support and second-year warranty require registration within 60 days of purchase. With registration, Epson provides phone support without charge for the life of the product. Telephone toll charges may apply. Offer valid only in the United States.

Press Contacts:

Caroline Zubieta
Epson America Inc.
562-290-4026
Cheryl Seaberg
Walt & Company
408-369-7200, ext. 2981