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Own The Process: Why in-house printing is integral to owning the process

It’s no secret that printing can be quite pricey, which is why many photographers turn to third parties to process prints. For many photographers—both amateur and professional, the thought of dropping major money on an at-home printer is a daunting option, and therefore many end up continuing to send their work off to printing centers instead.

But did you know that in house printing is an absolutely integral element in owning the process? First of all, owning the process essentially refers to retaining your creative control and direction over the entire process—from the moment you snap a picture until the moment you grab it hot off the printing tray.

When you send off your work—work that you have more than likely spent hours sifting through and editing—to an out of house printer, you no longer totally own the process. Basically, you lose the critical time in which the prints are electronically sent over and formatted for print. You do not get to make sure everything is exactly how you intended for it to be, and you do not even get make sure you actually like the finished product.

For these reasons, in house printing is the production method you need to be following. After all, you took the shot and did all of the hard work that comes with getting that perfect snap so why would you hand over your perfect bundle to someone else to physically produce?

If the cost is still a deterrent for you, you should know that investing in an at-home printer will actually be way less expensive in the long run. Sure, it hurts a little bit when you have to front a large amount of capital for a machine, but when you do the research, it quickly becomes clear how in house printing is far superior than any other option—both financially and creatively speaking.

So if you, as a photographer of any level, want to completely own your process from start to finish, and to have total creative direction in order to make your vision come to life, you absolutely have to begin in house printing.

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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.

Open PDF to read more…

 

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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.