Book Links: Select a chapter below to find links to more info:
Thank you for attending the printing workshop on 2/19/2011. Below are links to many of the items I mentioned, and at the bottom of the page are some special offers for custom profiling and consulting.
First, here are a few specific articles/links that I believe you will find helpful:
• An excellent Epson Stylus Pro 3800 FAQ page (virtually all the info also pertains to the 3880) (I should note that I don’t believe you need to use 360ppi for your photos as noted in the FAQs, but if you have enough native resolution in your photos without having to interpolate, 360ppi is good). A few test will help you determine what works best.
• Ink usage and costs for a few Epson pigment ink printers by RedRiverPaper.com
• Ink usage and costs for a Canon pigment and dye-based ink printer by RedRiverPaper.com
• A few articles about Optical Brighteners (OBAs) – see L6.22 on this page
• Great video re: maintaining your printer. I have found Original Windex works well as a liquid, but proceed at your own risk
• A page with links to some popular RIPs (A new RIP, called the Mirage RIP, uses the same profiles as if you were printing with the Epson driver). Only Epson printers are supported at this time with the Mirage RIP. If you just want to print longer than the length the driver allows, Qimage is the least expensive option (under $100), and it allows for very long print lengths. If you want to print high quality PDFs from layouts you create in InDesign or Quark Xpress, the Epson Graphic Arts Edition (or more full-featured and much more expensive ColorBurst RIP) is the best option.
• I mentioned briefly that you should write info about your test prints so that you can quickly determine what quality is best, or which combination of Advanced Black and White settings, for example, work best for you. Here is a form that you can use:
Here is an article with a description for how to use the worksheet, and the worksheet is linked to in the article.
• Link to an article with about 17 Newsgroups and Forum sites for learning much more about printing, color management, etc.
Below are some monitor recommendations (note the very affordable Viewsonic VP2365WB):
• Eizo FlexScan S2433W 24 inch monitor- About $950
• LG Full HD 1080p HDMI W2753V-PF 27-inch LCD Monitor – about $400
• HP LP2475w 24-inch IPS Widescreen LCD Monitor – about $600
• DellTM UltraSharpTM 2407WFP 24-inch Flat Panel Monitor – about $549
• NEC MultiSync 2490WUXi2-BK 24″ Widescreen LCD Display – about $800
• NEC Display Solutions LCD2470WNX-BK- about $600-700
• ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS LCD-about $325 (this monitor has extensive adjustment options, which is a plus)
• For a budget option, this 24 inch Dell monitor can be found at some big box stores for about $200 (Dell Model number: ST2410). This is a good choice for using in the studio or for bringing on location or to client homes/offices, especially when you can’t set up a projector.
Link to an article with info about the Inkjet Selector PDF (helps to understand the many options available) from 301 Inkjet Tips:
Wilhelm Imaging Research (lots of good testing data):
I mentioned another site that’s now free to join, called Aardenburg-Imaging.
You can find many ink and paper combinations there that have been tested for longevity.
PAPER- AND CANVAS-RELATED INFO (AND CANVAS COATING INFO)
For an article about what pen and pencils to consider for signing art, visit this page (these are the pens I use with semi-gloss and fiber gloss papers. They are great for signing semi-gloss and glossy papers, which are traditionally difficult to sign).
A spray I use and recommend for matte watercolor papers (I mentioned it as well), though it is solvent-based so be sure to use a respirator: PremierArt Print Shield
Hahnemuhle has a version as well, called: Hahnemühle Protective Spray for Fine Art Inkjet Papers & Canvas.
Info about inkjet coatings for paper and canvas:
Below is a sampling of papers and canvas that I recommend (most were on the list I gave out). Also available is an article that I wrote for Professional Photographer Magazine’s website that talks more about papers introduced last year: http://www.ppmag.com/web-exclusives/2009/11/roundup-new-mattewatercolor-in.html
Glossy RC Papers
Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy (www.epson.com)
Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss (www.ilford.com)
Red River 68# UltraPro Gloss 2.0 (www.redriverpaper.com)
Ilford Galerie Classic Gloss (www.ilford.com) (for Dye-based printers, but not for printers using Epson Claria inks)
Semi-Gloss RC Papers
Epson Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss (www.epson.com)
Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl (www.ilford.com)
Ilford Galerie Classic Pearl (www.ilford.com) (for Dye-based printers, but not for printers using Epson Claria inks)
HP Professional Satin Photo Paper (www.hp.com)
HP Advanced Satin Matt Photo Paper (www.hp.com)
Red River UltraPro Satin (www.redriverpaper.com)
Inkpress Pro Silky (www.inkpresspaper.com)
Oriental Graphica RC Luster – Good for Epson Stylus Photo 2200/4000 (less bronzing/fewer gloss differential issues) (www.orientalphotousa.com)
2-sided: Inkpress Photo Chrome Luster Duo or Hawk Mountain Sharpwing Duo (www.inkpresspaper.com)
Fiber Gloss Papers
Innova FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss 285gsm (www.innovaart.com)
Innova F Type Gloss 300gsm (www.innovaart.com)
Epson Exhibition Fiber (www.Epson.com)
Harman Gloss FB (www.Harman-inkjet.com)
Harman Gloss FB AI Warmtone (www.Harman-inkjet.com)
Fiber Matte and Semi-Gloss/Matte Papers
Harman Matte FB Mp (www.Harman-inkjet.com)
Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl (www.hahnemuhle.com)
Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta (www.hahnemuhle.com)
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin (www.hahnemuhle.com)
Innova FibaPrint Satin High White 300gsm (www.innovaart.com)
Crane Museo Silver Rag (www.crane.com)
Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk (www.ilford.com)
Moab Colorado Fiber Satine 245 (www.moabpaper.com)
Inkpress Pro Baryta Warm Tone (www.inkpresspaper.com)
Pictorico Gekko Green (www.pictorico.com)
Coated Matte and Watercolor Papers
Crane Museo Max (www.museo.com)
Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper (www.epson.com)
Epson Hot Press Bright (330gsm); Cold Press Bright (340gsm); Hot Press Natural (330gsm); Cold Press Natural (340gsm) (www.epson.com)
Hahnemühle Museum Etching (www.hahnemuhle.com)
Hahnemühle Photo Rag (www.hahnemuhle.com)
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright (www.hahnemuhle.com)
Hawk Mountain Peregrine Velvet (http://www.hawkmtpaper.com)
Moab Entrada Rag (Bright and Natural 300) – (www.moabpaper.com)
Moab Somerset Museum Rag 300 (whiteness is between bright and natural) – (www.moabpaper.com)
Innova Soft Textured Double Sided Natural White 200gsm- (www.innovaart.com)
Inkpress Rag Warm Tone 300 C2S (www.inkpresspaper.com)
Inkpress Rag Cool Tone 300 C2S (www.inkpresspaper.com)
Red River Paper River Linen (240gsm) (www.redriverpaper.com)
Red River Paper LuxArt Satin Rag 270gsm (www.redriverpaper.com)
Innova Cold Press Rough Textured 315gsm (www.innovaart.com)
Scored Greeting Cards
Red River Paper River Linen Scored 7×10 (240gsm) (www.redriverpaper.com)
Red River Premium Matte C2S Scored 7×10 (240gsm) (www.redriverpaper.com)
Museo Art Cards (www.museofineart.com)
HP Artist Matte Canvas (www.hp.com)
Breathing Color Chromata White (www.breathingcolor.com) – This is the canvas I showed coated and uncoated.
Intelicoat Magiclee Torino 20G Glossy Stretch Canvas (www.magicinkjet.com)
I primarily use Breathing Color Glamour II gloss and matte coatings (about 60% gloss and 40% matte). I then dilute that mixture 50/50 with distilled water and spray it using a Wagner HVLP sprayer, like this one:
Wagner 518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer (about $100)
Another option is to brush on the coatings as I did during the workshop. I used two Liquitex products and mixed them about 60% gloss and 40% matte. I then mixed that combination 70% varnish/30% distilled water. The product names are: Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish (for Acrylics) and Liquitex Matte Varnish. They are both available online at blick.com and at most Michaels Stores. I applied the coatings with an inexpensive black foam brush purchased at a local home improvement store.
For an article I wrote on cutters, visit this link:
Here is the page to find info on the Moab books I mentioned (the Chinle 8×9 book is currently about 50% off on the site, but contains no pages-you have many choices with regard to pages, as you can see below). The IceNine book (frosted cover), which I showed during the workshop, is also on the site:
I also mentioned the Innova Books called Opus Albums. Here is the website for more info, and you can see some of the options below (I prefer the Soft Texture Natural White paper, but it depends on the type of work you do.
COLOR MANAGEMENT INFO
Links to calibration images-see L2.2 here:
“Andrew Darlow’s Target” on that page is the small one that I used in the workshop with the woman with the fruit on her head, and the PhotoDisc image is another popular one. To go directly to the AdobeRGB version, click here, then drag it to your desktop, or right click and choose Save As. The PhotoDisc image is another popular one.
For an article about how to find missing profiles, visit this page;
Links to color management products and great info-see this whole page:
An excellent review of the Spyder 3 Print SR product and software (if you have a monitor calibration tool, the Spyder 3 PrintSR is only about $310 more). http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/profiling/spyder3print_sr.html#image_detail
I recommend the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport combined with a grey reference (the passport has a greyscale built-in). I showed the Passport during my talk. You can make a custom profile for the light. If it is mixed light, it is a bit more challenging, but if most of the light is one type, I think you’ll be very pleased with the results. It’s about $100 and you can see a video here about it here.
I also like the ColorVision SpyderCube a lot (I showed that as well, including how to hold it when shooting it (see below), and how to attach a small tripod to it).
A Mac and Windows Photoshop print workflow is described in the articles below. In both cases, I recommend Print Workflow 2, which uses “Let Photoshop Manage Colors”:
Step by Step Color Management Print Workflow for Windows.
Step by Step Color Management Print Workflow for Mac.
I mentioned an article for helping match your monitor to your lab’s output (includes a 4×6 file to send to your lab), which you can find here.
Article on how to deal with files that contain mismatched profiles, and much more:http://www.colormanagementinfo.com/page1/page1.html
For Windows users: An article to help you to remove Adobe Gamma! http://tinyurl.com/6plsfg
If your files are in Adobe RGB and if you’d like to convert them to sRGB to post on the internet or for a lab, choose Image>Convert Color Profile>sRGB.
Solux Task Lamp: If you have MR-16 spotlights, I recommend the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb to light your reference prints while looking at your calibrated and profiled screen, and the 50Watt/3500K/17 degree (more focused, a.k.a. spot) or 36 degree bulbs (more wide) for simulating the look of lighting typically used in galleries.
You can buy Solux bulbs here for $8 ea.
Here is a link to a $55 clip-on lamp that can use the Solux bulb I recommended. You will need to buy the Solux bulb separately (I recommend the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb for proofing-that is the same one I used in the workshop).
If you buy the fixture from Pegasus Lighting above, they sell the Solux bulbs as well:
Not quite as good for color proofing, but one that uses less energy is this compact fluorescent light:
It will go into any standard Edison screw-in socket.
Here is a good overview of fluorescent bulb types:
Another option: This looks like a good jewelers lamp for $50 (you can often find jeweler’s lamps used as well).
You can then replace the bulbs that ship with it and buy 2 Sylvania Design 50 F15/T8 bulb for about $10 ea. (2 will cost about $8 to ship to most addresses in the USA). Here is a good source:
PHOTOSHOP ACTION info:
Information on how to install actions on Windows (on Mac, you can find the actions folder here:-CS4 or CS5/Presets/Actions)
Free Photoshop Actions you can download: The Greg Gorman B&W action:
Companies who make unbuffered interleaving sheets (for reducing or eliminating the outgassing problem I explained): Archival Method’s unbuffered tissue; and Light Impressions’ Renaissance Unbuffered Tissue
If you would like assistance with anything related to Photoshop, Lightroom, selecting equipment, image workflow, or how to get better prints faster and with better predictability, I am available for consulting via phone, e-mail or in-person. A few special offers can be found below:
All of my phone and “remote control” consulting services for those who attended the lecture are 30% off my normal rates when reserved by 3/28/2011. My normal rates are $150/hr, and the minimum time for a consult is 30 minutes. With your permission I can even control your mouse and see your screen from my computer.
• Custom Printer Profile + Phone Consulting: Have a custom profile made for any paper and printer. Receive up to 45 minutes of phone consulting to help you prepare a profiling target for output, plus one custom profile for your specific paper, ink, and driver settings. You send the target to me, and I’ll send you back a custom profile. Normal cost for the consultation and profile is $150. You save $50 for a total cost of $100. Additional profiles made at the same time are just $35 each.
All above offers may be reserved until 3/28/2011, and may be completed by 4/15/2011.
You can reach me at 732-742-0123 or through my contact page here.
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Also, I mentioned to a few people at the end of the workshop a product made by a company in Dallas, TX named Frame Destination. They make GalleryPouch bags, which I helped develop. You can see me do an overview of the GalleryPouch bags here (or below in the embedded video): http://www.GalleryPouch.com and the company recently added some bags for small electronics, including iPads. They are also great for lenses and tripods. Their 8-ply mats are also fantastic. There is a 10% off coupon code for all GalleryPouch bags and everything in the company’s store. Just use coupon code ph785 when checking out (Expires 2/28/2011 – excludes shipping).
Also, I have a free newsletter that I send out about once per month with tips, information and at times, special offers. You’ll also receive a tip a week for 12 weeks from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, and an article to help determine file sizes for printing. To sign up, just send an e-mail here:firstname.lastname@example.org . You will then be asked to confirm that you want to receive the newsletter. You can also enter your e-mail on this page instead.
All the best!
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