Printing Digital Work

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by vonnagy, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    Eventually i am going to print out a bunch of work, right now its sitting on various archived cds and my hard drive. I've talked to a guy in Parnell whose looks like he does a pretty good job with colour prints, he's got a dye-sub printer.

    however, i hate giving control to someone else for my pictures, does anyone have a printer set up for quality digiprints? I am keen on quality but i have no idea whats around these days. Also I have black & white digiprints, everytime i've tried to print one of those out they look like like shite. :? Someone once told me they have greyscale inks for this, anyone know anything about this?

    Any help pointing me in the right direction would be superb!
     
  2. mrsid99

    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    I'm using a Canon S900 printer and it makes darn good 4x6's and even 8x10's.
    I can't tell the difference between prints off it and store prints but that could just be my eyes.
    I guess some of the Pro's on this board could (maybe) but it works fine for me.
    There is one negative I should mention, to get top quality you have to use all Canon inks and paper and the bottom line is I estimate that 4x6's cost me about 80 cents apiece.
     
  3. doxx

    doxx TPF Noob!

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    computer monitors can not precisely show the actual colors of a print,
    because the color systems are different.
    Your best bet would be to get a colormanagement profile for the
    printer your service bureau is using... since color rendering spaces
    are different, you want to make sure that you transform your pics
    to the profile of your printer

    here is how it works (in short, colormanagement is a serious issue)
    assuming your monitor is calibrated, take your pictures, assign the
    printer's profile and color correct the pics so they look 'right' with the
    particular profile. Save a copy - remember, every profile is different.

    lately, the manufacturers of printers (any kind) try to make the
    rendering spaces of printers/inks larger - so they add light cyan,
    light magenta, light yellow and different gray inks to their scale
    to expand the color spaces, which works fairly well

    I'd definitely suggest to run a few tests to make sure the color
    quality is what you want.
     

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