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.
On Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 10:00AM-4:00PM, I’ll be giving a full-day workshop entitled the Fine-Art Inkjet Printing Workshop at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ.
Each participant in this class will have at least one print from a 13-inch-wide pigment-based inkjet printer (Epson or HP) made from their supplied photo or other image. This has been one of the best ways I’ve found to help others choose the right paper and printer for their work. I’ll also be going over sample workflows, showing many print samples and I will demonstrate how to make and use custom profiles.
The cost of the workshop is $99 for members of the Guild, and $150 for nonmembers. For more information, visit the Workshop Page on the Guild of Creative Art’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: http://www.inkaid1.com
or you can download the PDF directly here.
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 Intro and Table of Contents for “301 Inkjet Tips” – 600kb PDF
Download Chapter 2: File Preparation – 2mb PDF
Check pricing and read reviews on Amazon.com for “301 Inkjet Tips”
One of my favorite photo sites on the web is Photojojo.com. They have a great collection of tips, techniques and interesting photo-related products. The best way to keep them coming is to sign up for their twice monthly newsletter at photojojo.com.
I recently contributed a tip from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques for their Earth Day article entitled: 10 Tips for Being a Greener Photographer. There is a lot of helpful advice there. The tip I contributed from the book covers recycling inkjet printers and cartridges.
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–Great podcast by the folks at DL.TV with many suggestions for conserving energy and recycling Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.