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I’m Answering Inkjet-related Questions on for 48 Hours Starting 6/23/2008

On Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24th I’ll be answering questions on one of my favorite Photo-related sites, You can read the press release here, that describes the event. I’m really looking forward to it!

picture-24.jpg To go directly to the forum to read the Questions and Answers, visit this page on’s SearchInside Tool Enabled for 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques

picture-3.jpgI checked about a day ago and noticed the the SearchInside option had been enabled. This is a very helpful option for potential customers of books because it allows you to see the Table of Contents, Index and some content from within the book (the Suprise Me! link shows you a few random pages inside the book). You can check it out by clicking on the book link in the center column of, or by visiting and searching for “301 Inkjet Tips.”

Cost of Inkjet Printing Report v1 Published by Red River Paper

I just had a chance to read over a comprehensive ink usage test by the folks at Red River Paper. The company produces and sells many quality papers in many sizes and finishes. I specifically mentioned their Paper Sample Kits in my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, because I think that their sample packs of paper offer a fantastic value and opportunity for testing.

This quote from their testing page gives a brief overview of the report:

Using the Epson R2400 and Epson R1900, we conducted a series of print tests to determine how much ink is used in a full coverage 8”x10” print. From that figure we extrapolated ink usage per square inch. The objective is to share a realistic cost per print vision with inkjet users.

As the company indicated in their testing, some of the “real world variables” that may change the cost per page for many users was the amount of ink used during cleaning cycles. I’d also raise the issue of ink that is lost when switching from matte to photo black ink, which is necessary on some printers to get optimum results on matte and semi-gloss/gloss papers. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is an example of a printer that requires inks to be swapped, unlike the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, which does not require inks to be swapped. Both printers were also tested for the report, and I hope that they test more printers in furture reports.

To read the entire Inkjet Printing Report, visit this page.

inkAID tutorial PDF available on inkAID’s website

A four page PDF by Artist, educator and author Karin Schminke entitled: “Printing on Uncoated Papers Using inkAID Coatings” was just posted on inkAID’s website. I’m very happy to have the technique as a part of the 301 Inkjet Tips book, and appreciate the work of all of the guest artists whose tips and techniques appear in the book.

The 4 page PDF with additional information about inkAID and the bookis available here for download:

or you can download the PDF directly here.

The “InkjetSelector” PDF from “301 Inkjet Tips” available free for download

One of the questions I am often asked is “Which printer should I buy?” and my usual reply is “The printer that’s right for you.” I then ask a series of questions and within a few minutes I can generally give them some appropriate options.

Chapter 3 of “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques” is entitled, “Choosing an Inkjet Printer,” and to help others make this important decision, I created the “InkjetSelector” checklist. This checklist contains the questions I generally ask, plus many more. You may find it useful just to get a sense of the many features that are available today on modern inkjet printers.

This is the introductory text for the InkjetSelector checklist as it is listed in the book, followed by a link to download the three page, 70 point checklist.

TIP 40 Fill out the InkjetSelector checklist.

Choosing an inkjet printer (or printers) is kind of like choosing a car. Many models will do the job, but only a select few will meet most of your requirements. To get started, on the following pages is the super-powerful InkjetSelector, a form I created with 70 parameters to help you choose your ideal printer. Feel free to copy the form (for your own use only of course), then fill it out, bring it to a store that sells inkjet printers, or send it to a reseller or consultant who knows a lot about inkjet printers and who can give you advice. Now sharpen your pencils and happy searching!

From the book, “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers” by Andrew Darlow (Course Technology, PTR)

Download the InkjetSelector Checklist (shown below – 136kb PDF)


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