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Printer Color Matching Made Easy

RGB vs. CMYK – Printer Color Matching

Color management ServicesWhen you’re printing, sometimes you will notice that what you have printed doesn’t always
match the colors on the screen. Printer color matching is something that can be managed by
understanding color profiles and the basics of RGB vs. CMYK. Not only will we help you
understand what this all means, but there are some tips and tricks to match your printer color
perfectly!

The Basics

What is RGB?

The simplest way to understand RGB is to know that it stands for Red,
Green and Blue.
Red, Green and Blue are all primary colors in visible light. Every color that we
see is all created from combination of RGB light reflected to our eyes. Some
common RGB light sources are computers, the sun, televisions, and even your
smart phone.

Our eyes see an equal amount of RGB light when we are looking at a sheet of
white paper. The paper is reflecting white light from your light sources or the sun.
When our eyes are looking at a colored image, we are no longer viewing equal
parts of RGB. Printers will print in CMYK to control the light that is reflected from
the surface of the paper.

What is CMYK?

CMYK is also easy to understand when you know it stands for Cyan, Magenta,
Yellow, and Black.
When you print in CMYK, some of the Red, Green and Blue light that would be
reflected from the paper’s surface is removed.
How do RGB and CMYK work together?
Different combinations of Reds, Greens and Blues (RGB) will give us Cyan,
Magenta and Yellow (CMY). When Red, Green and Blue are all mixed together,
you get white. Combinations of CMY will also give us RGB. When Cyan, Magenta
and Yellow are all mixed together, you get black.
Range of Color, Color Gamut
Another important thing to understand is that what range of colors, or color gamut, we
can see on the computer screen is generally larger than the range of colors that can be
printed on a CMYK printer.

Color Matching Tips and Tricks

Most of the time, the RGB color combinations that you see on your computer screen are
automatically converted for your printer to print in CMYK. However, sometimes you will
have to give the printer more information about your colors to allow for the best color
matching.
An important thing to understand is that a certain combination of CMYK on one printer
could yield a different look on another printer. There are standard color spaces that relay
industry standard color definitions that make sure the printers are all understanding the
same colors.
If you are sending your image off to a printing press, it might be best to use a program
like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator to convert the colors to CMYK. Most of the
time, it’s best to check with your printing service first.
If you still need a little extra help with color matching, Professional Plotter can help you with all
of your color management services. They also offer wide format printer sales and plotter sales.
Don’t hesitate to call for more information.

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A guide to purchasing wide format scanner

iFLEX Flatbed scanner from Contex

Contex IQ Quattro 4400 2015-07-25 09.07.32

 

What to Look for in a Scanner : Tip Sheet for Digitizing Pictorial Materials in Cultural Institutions

Things to consider before shopping for scanners & supplies. This tip sheet summarizes the issues most relevant for selecting scanning systems to digitize photographic prints, negatives, and transparencies in collections at cultural institutions. Keep in mind that once digital images are available, many different uses will likely arise. Consider choosing a scanning system that provides the best digital images possible within the limitations of your resources. For example, creation of a rich digital master1 image permits many kinds of reproductions and facilitates preservation of the digital images of your photographs. For more information on digital image characteristics, see Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, “Introduction to Basic Measures of a Digital Image.

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Five ways to reduce costs with MFPs

. Consolidate devices and save MFPs help reduce costs by consolidating all the functions of multiple office products (copy, fax, scan, print) into one space-saving device that does it all. This helps you reduce costs by purchasing only one set of supplies for your MFP

2. Reduce energy consumption By combining functions like print, copy, fax and scan into one device, you reduce your energy consumption. Plus the energy-saver mode on most MFPs will substantially conserve electricity when the device is not in use.

3. Save with scanning Scanning documents with your MFP and saving them electronically can help you reduce paper costs and storage needs. Xerox Scan to PC Desktop™ allows you to scan hard copy documents and route them to almost anywhere at the push of a button — to email, network storage, and even directly to the desktop.

4. Duplex and Fax Forward One of the simplest ways to reduce costs is to use duplex printing (printing on both sides of the page), and fax forwarding to email without printing. Most MFPs include both of these functions to help you save on the cost of paper.

5. Reduce waste and monitor usage Xerox offers software solutions that work with your MFPs to help reduce waste and monitor printing costs. Xerox has teamed up with GreenPrint™ software to help eliminate printing unnecessary pages — download it free with Xerox solid ink MFPs. You can also track your print usage on MFPs with Xerox CentreWare® Web.

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Five ways to reduce costs with MFPs

1. Consolidate devices and save MFPs help reduce costs by consolidating all the functions of multiple office products (copy, fax, scan, print) into one space-saving device that does it all. This helps you reduce costs by purchasing only one set of supplies for your MFP

2. Reduce energy consumption By combining functions like print, copy, fax and scan into one device, you reduce your energy consumption. Plus the energy-saver mode on most MFPs will substantially conserve electricity when the device is not in use.

3. Save with scanning Scanning documents with your MFP and saving them electronically can help you reduce paper costs and storage needs. Xerox Scan to PC Desktop™ allows you to scan hard copy documents and route them to almost anywhere at the push of a button — to email, network storage, and even directly to the desktop.

4. Duplex and Fax Forward One of the simplest ways to reduce costs is to use duplex printing (printing on both sides of the page), and fax forwarding to email without printing. Most MFPs include both of these functions to help you save on the cost of paper.

5. Reduce waste and monitor usage Xerox offers software solutions that work with your MFPs to help reduce waste and monitor printing costs. Xerox has teamed up with GreenPrint™ software to help eliminate printing unnecessary pages — download it free with Xerox solid ink MFPs. You can also track your print usage on MFPs with Xerox CentreWare® Web.

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Photography

When deciding on what method to utilize when you have photographs to print, you probably want to choose the process that will print the highest quality images. Photography aims to capture the most realistic image possible, so a printer that captures this same quality is desirable. Anything less would be a waste of taking such a vibrant photo.

There are three most common methods of printing widely used in both personal and commercial printers today – inkjet, laser, and dye sublimation.

Inkjet is widely used because it is available is a spectrum of qualities for a fairly affordable price. The higher priced inkjet printers will produce decent quality prints without knocking out your budget so much. However, inkjet printer do have their disadvantages in terms of photo printing. The quality of an inkjet-printed image won’t compare to a professionally printed photograph. This is because inkjets print images by making miniscule dye dots on the paper, basically poking small colored dots until the full image is formed. Due to this method, the image will not look very good when you examine the overall photograph closely.

Laser printers are very affordable. The best thing about laser printers is that it shoots out many copies in a short period of time. However, this is definitely not what you want when you print images.

The best printing method you can choose is dye sublimation. These prints are pricey and slow, so whether you do it yourself or hire a company to do it for you, you will spend quite some money and time to obtain your prints. However, dye sublimation provides a quality that stands a fighting chance when compared to film photographs, especially when printed on high quality photo paper. This method uses heat to transfer the dyes onto the surface of the paper, and will allow every part of the image to completely permeate the surface.

When printing photography, you should aim to achieve the best quality images. Regardless of the price and time a dye sublimation printer will require, it is the best method available for this job.