Getting Fingers Dirty
- Aug 6, 2022
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Ink stained Fingers,
There used to be a girl at my school called Fishy Fingers.
RE: “prepare image files for print - this could be some noise suppression - sharpness enhancement - color adjustments”
Yes, I’m familiar with the basics. In fact, I believe my copy of Photoshop may have been the first to be sold in America. $1500 cash …
I’ve used it so much, I’m bored with it. The only thing that keeps me using it is automating tasks.
Most of the 4mp files have been enlarged to about 30mp. A bit soft, but still published daily.
But …. I will visit the page about ‘printing low res images’.
My take on this problem is generally to make them bigger and see what happens … rather than letting the printer try and do it.
RE: “7000€ - each - with a print quality very poor - a pretty noisy image to start with - no good contrast balance across the print - a pretty pixelated print”
Well, yesterday I was inside. Bookstore and it seemed to me, one of the walls was covered with a terrible photo of a church outside the shop… that could have easily be taken properly. The image on the wall was probably shot on a 3mp camera …. and nobody cares. Each pixel measured about 3 inches.
At one time, my opinion was … the blurry photos are more desirable (to Photo Editors).
RE: “supplier of those prints just gets away with that poor quality since nobody is complaining.”
Yes. The main point is nobody seems to complain about image quality these days.
I’ve tried it a few times … the answer is generally … “Nobody else has complained “ … and therefore … I know nothing.
This is probably the main reason people need to buy their own printer.
RE: “you can get great prints from old image files.”
Let’s say …. Interesting prints. They will never be great from a technical point of view, but as I’ve said, it’s generally either content or technical. Bit tricky to get both, but not impossible.
RE: “nk consumption of about 0.8 ml to 1.2 ml for an A4 borderless photo print - that makes 12.8 to 19.2 ml per m2, but that depends very much on the overall ink coverage of your photos. That makes half or less of your assumptions.”
Thanks for taking the time to do that. Good to hear the ink bill will be only $50,000 if I purchase cartridges.
The milliliter measurement wasn’t my own.
It was taken from a couple of web sites discussing that subject … ink per square foot … or whatever.
As with most things on the internet, inaccurate.
RE: “Printing all that volume with a Canon printer will require a few additional spare printheads”
Yes, but a better plan may be to keep replacing it for a new unit each time it breaks. It’s time for the manufacturers to stop making disposable products.
RE: “You can use the Epson 113 pigment inks - Ecotank ink at 15€ or less per bottle - 60-70ml, that's Durabrite like Epson ink as used in the T3100 cartridges@
Great. I’ll look closely at the options when I’m ready to start. The fact that the Epson 113 is genuine removes the possibility of ink that doesn’t live up to its expectations.
Read the article about ‘printing-low-megapixel-images/‘It is pretty important to prepare image files for print - this could be some noise suppression - sharpness enhancement - color adjustments etc
You may study Keith's guidelines here
with links to Youtube videos.
I just recently visited a new office building which has several large format - 2 x 3 meters - prints in the ailses - printed on fabric - framed with LED rails, I'm told that the prints run at 7000€ - each - with a print quality very poor - a pretty noisy image to start with - no good contrast balance across the print - a pretty pixelated print - the printshop apparently wanted to get the prints done as quickly as possible - and some more preprint processing issues. But the supplier of those prints just gets away with that poor quality since nobody is complaining. But if you would do all that to the best you can get great prints from old image files.
The up-rezzing software looks interesting. Wish I’d had it ten years ago whilst messing around with my old shots.