Archive for May, 2011

Which monitor should I buy?

Trying to come to terms with which monitor to purchase can confuse even the technically savvy. There are a lot of things to think about, not least of which is price, and while it’s safe to say that we all want great color, what kind of price tag does that come with and how do you know you’re really getting what your paying for? In the following post, I hope to shed some light on this topic and help draw some lines of distinction between the different technologies.

The three main types of LCD display panels:

TN (Twisted Nematic)
S-PVA (Vertical Alignment)
S-IPS (In Plane Switching) Read more…

Categories: Printing Essentials

Double-sided Printing

Double-sided paper example

When it comes to producing album pages, brochures or greeting cards, printing on both sides of the paper is often a must.  But, double-sided output on an inkjet printer can be a tricky proposition.  Getting things registered perfectly while avoiding the dreaded backside roller marks can be a frustrating experience fraught with wasted paper, wasted time and lost revenue.  However, while two-sided printing presents unique challenges, taking some basic precautions and using the right tools can greatly improve your chances of success.

Protecting the back side

Probably the biggest challenge in double-sided printing is avoiding roller marks on the non-printing side of the paper.  It’s no fun to see a perfect print ruined as it passes a 2nd time through the printer by ink tracks or roller dents.  Here are some things you can do to prevent problems: Read more…

Categories: Printing Essentials

Paper 101 – Part 3: RC Paper

Last time we took a look at fine art matte papers. Today we’re going to turn our attention to the photo side of things with a look at RC (resin coated) papers.

RC paper is traditional gloss or semi matte photo paper–what most of us picture when we think of a photographic print. This type of inkjet media consists of a paper base sealed by two layers of Polyethylene (the resin) making it water proof and fairly resistant to scratches and scuffs compared to its matte counterparts.  (Polyethylene is the most widely used form of plastic and most commonly found in plastic bags).

As a photographic reproduction surface RC papers deliver outstanding image quality with deep rich blacks and very white whites.  It is also very affordable when compared to fine art papers. Read more…

Categories: Printing Essentials

Stephen Johnson Workshop Dates

Stephen Johnson is a long time ImagePrint user and we are happy to feature his workshop schedule here on ImagePrint Today.

A landscape photographer, designer and teacher, Stephen has been photographing since 1973 with work featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and ABC Discovery News among many other venues. His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland, Making a Digital Book and the new Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. Internationally recognized as a digital photography pioneer, Johnson’s photographs have been exhibited, published and collected in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Japan. Read more…

Categories: Workshops and More

Did you know…

ImagePrint preview size

Most users know that ImagePrint always “soft proofs” its display, guaranteeing the preview you see on screen will match your printed output.  However, while colors are accurate, you may find that the on screen image is too small or doesn’t show enough detail to accurately represent the final print.  Did you know that ImagePrint offers two ways to increase the details of its displayed images?  By setting a different preview resolution, or by using our “hi-resolution” view.

To set a different preview size, choose Preferences from the ImagePrint menu (Mac) or View menu (Windows).  In the General section, change the “Preview Size” to a higher value.  The default is 512, but you can increase it all the way to 1536.  The next time you open an image after changing the setting you should see a sharper preview.

Even with a maxed out preview resolution, you may find that the on screen image still isn’t detailed enough. To see a “really” detailed view, you can view the soft proofed image in a high resolution window that shows all the detail of the final print. Just right click the image (or Control-Click if you’re a single button mouse user) and choose “High Resolution” from the menu that appears. The image will appear in its own window, complete with a toolbar that let’s you zoom in on any part of it, allowing you to soft proof the image in all of its high resolution glory.

Categories: Did you know?

Paper 101 – Part 2: Fine Art Papers

How important is paper selection in the printing process?  Does the image tell the whole story? Or is paper what takes the image from an ordinary photo to a piece of art?  There might not be a simple answer to this question but after nearly 20 years in this industry I’ve learned this: If you produce prints commercially, it doesn’t matter what you think about the print, it matters what the person purchasing the image thinks about it.  And with that said, the paper used can be the deciding factor that distinguishes a run of the mill photograph from a piece of art.

Put simply, paper is important, and knowing a bit about the media you put in your printer can make all the difference in matching the right media to the right image.  In the following few posts I am going to be looking at three main types of inkjet paper: Read more…

Categories: Printing Essentials