Archive for April, 2011

Focus on the User: Joseph Gamble

April 27, 2011 Comments off

Welcome to our first installment of Focus on the User where we plan to showcase people using ImagePrint in their work.

Today we are proud to present Joseph Gamble and his exhibit “Farm Team”.  I was personally excited when I learned about this exhibit not only because of its proximity to our office and my hopes of being able to attend it but also for the subject matter.  It doesn’t seem that long ago (even though it was) that I resembled one of these hopeful young players.  These images capture the other part of the game that few get see. Read more…

Categories: Focus on the User

Metallic Inkjet Papers

April 25, 2011 2 comments

Almost ten years ago, Kodak’s Endura line of metallic photo papers was released.  Since then a lot of inkjet paper manufacturers have come out with their own take on a silver-sheened, almost glittery paper which hints at the reflectivity of shiny metal. Offering a unique vibrancy and contrast, these papers are a natural for cityscapes and advertising work but we’ve also seen them used to produce amazing still lifes and portraits that seem to lift right off the page.

If you’re interested to see if your work will benefit with metallic papers, many manufacturers offer sample packs of their media at a reduced cost–you may want to give one a call. Of course, getting the paper is only half the job–you’ll still need an output profile to ensure you are using the media to its fullest potential.  That’s where ImagePrint can make your life easier–one of the major benefits of the RIP is the availability of excellent media profiles, taking the pain out of experimenting with new papers.

Here’s some of the metallic papers we have already profiled. If you own ImagePrint with one of these printers and want to give one of these papers a spin, just use the Profile Manager utility to grab the profile and you’re all set. (This isn’t necessarily a complete list, and remember–ColorByte will create profiles for free if we don’t already have one for a valid paper.)

Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic

Epson Stylus: 4900/7900/9900/11880/3880/4880/7880/9880/2880/4800/7800/9800/3800

Red River Polar Pearl Metallic

Epson Stylus: 4900/7900/9900/11880/3880/4880/7880/9880/2880/4800/7800/9800/3800

Reflections Silver Metallic

Epson Stylus: 4900/7900/9900/11880/3880/4880/7880/9880/4800/7800/9800/3800

Inkpress Metallic Gloss

Epson Stylus: 4900/7900/9900/3880/4880/7880/9880//4800/7800/9800

Proofline Photo Chrome Metallic

Epson Stylus: 4900/7900/9900/11880

Pictorico Pro Opalescent Photo

Epson Stylus: 4900/7900/9900/3880/2880/2400

Categories: Printing Essentials

Workshops with Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens, American , b. 1947

Craig Stevens is a photographer, printmaker and educator. He has taught, written and lectured extensively on the subjects of art and education and is in his 23rd year as a Professor of Photography at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He has taught at the Workshops continuously since 1974, the Workshops’ second year of existence. He was instrumental in the development of the Workshops’ Resident Program and the Provence Workshop in St Remy. He served as the Associate Director of the Workshops prior to relocating to Savannah. He served as the Director of Workshops at the International Rencontres of Photography in Arles, France during their 25th anniversary year. He is also on the Summer faculty of the Santa Fe Workshops. His work is held in many public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He holds a BA in Sociology from Colby College an MA in Political Communication from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and an MFA in Photography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Read more…

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Paper 101 – Part 1: Let’s go shopping!

April 19, 2011 2 comments
OK.  So, you have your inkjet printer and now you need some paper.  Maybe a few different types of papers to start with.  You are cruising the local store or surfing the web…but, with so many papers available, which ones do you pick?  It helps to have an understanding of the different types of paper involved.
Let’s start with  the two “core” types of inkjet media, Swellable and Porous.
Swellable – With swellable paper, the moisture of the ink causes the ink receiving layer to swell in thickness, kind of like a sponge.  This receiving layer is a polymer that encapsulates and protects the ink from outside contaminants, which is good since dye inks are not encapsulated themselves.
Due to the large particle size, swellable papers are not a good choice for pigment inks because those inks tend to stay on the surface of the paper and never fully dry.  This paper is best suited for dye based printers.
Categories: Printing Essentials

Did you know…

April 13, 2011 1 comment

Spoolface Preview

ImagePrint 8’s Spoolface utility lets you monitor the progress of your print jobs and cancel, resubmit and reorder their priority by drag and dropping the job names. But did you know Spoolface will also show you a preview of the images on each print job?

To turn on the feature, launch ImagePrint and open the Preferences window (you’ll find it under the View menu on the PC and under the ImagePrint menu on Macs). Click the check box next to “Generate Previews for Spoolface”, then close the window.

Presto–any future print jobs will now show a thumbnail preview of the page!

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Real World Color Management

Digital printing (and especially color management) are complex subjects, and here at ColorByte we’re often asked for recommendations on where users can go to learn more. This blog gives us a great opportunity to pass on any resources we find particularly helpful, so look for the occasional suggestion here.

To start it off, there’s no better or more respected book on the subject of Color Management than “Real World Color Management” by Fred Bunting, Chris Murphy and the late, great Bruce Fraser. Although last updated in 2005, it still offers the best, easiest to follow explanations on profiling and digital output. In fact, many consider this to be the “bible” of Color Management. Though some of the software and tools recommended in this book have changed, the underlying concepts are still as valid today as they were in 2005. Thorough, yet told in an easy to follow, humorous style, this is THE indispensable resource for those seeking to further their understanding of how color management works in the real world.

Awagami Japanese Papers

Both hand made and machine made Japanese papers deliver some of the highest quality fine art surfaces to be printed on.  ColorByte has partnered with Awagami to build high quality color profiles for use with ImagePrint for our line of supported printers.  We have a full range of these papers on the way and we will be sure to update you with our impressions of both the raw surface and printed surface as we work with each paper.

All finished profiles will be posted to our repository and can be downloaded via Profile Manager. Stay tuned!

Go here to learn more about the Awagami papers.

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