Finished the last image for next months show in
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Finished the last image for next months show in
Friday, January 27, 2012
Little things like setting the media type. In the case of Lyve the setting is for Watercolor Paper-Radiant White (Matte Black) or Premium Glossy Photo Paper (Photo Black ink) (I choose to the watercolor setting). Setting the platen gap to wider will also go a long way to creating a perfect print. All this reinforces the need of using an ICC profile for the media used.
So what have I learned/observed this past week? Glad you asked.
The print quality is better. The tone in general is richer than I've seen before. This can be the result of using new media as well as the printer itself. However, I've seen this in the paper prints as well as the canvas. I've been using Hahnemühle Baryta for a number of years and had enough left on the roll to print 3-images of an order for Jackson Hole. The paper images looked better than I'd ever seen them.
Changing from matte to photo black and back. One word. Easy. Or if you prefer, super easy. Set the media profile (I'm using CS5) and click either matte or black then sit back and let the printer take over. It's that easy.
Changing media. Again, easy. It now takes less than 1/2 of the time it used to in changing the media. The lack of the spindle reduces the weight and in general makes the process so much faster. I've changed rolls of Lyve canvas from 42" down to 36" then changed it again to a 36" roll of paper without feeling like I was wrestling an alligator. Press the button (no lever) and the media rolls back onto the roll. Open the lever and move the locking mechanism to release the roll and remove it from the printer. Release the end caps and store the media. It took longer to explain it than it actual takes.
Ink. I just logged onto www.myepsonprinter.com (nice touch Epson) where I see that in the week I've had the printer I done 23 prints jobs, used 546 mil ink for 119 sq ft. (Epson warns this is an estimate).
Sunday, January 22, 2012
So what's the difference with the 9900?
The 9900 offers the same as the 9890 and adds 2-additional inks making it an 11-ink cartridge printer. The 9900 offers the addition of Orange and Green cartridges. The addition of these 2-colors helps to produce "the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus printer" (see the following link).
So what's in store for the 9800? It's being donated to a local high school that has a photography school. What better way to keep a great printer working.
I ordered the printer on Tuesday and it was delivered Friday afternoon. The shipping weight is noted as 417 pounds so be prepared. Five years ago Sandy & I took delivery of the 9800 and it was just the 2-of us to set it up. No so this one; we hired 2-guys to help unload the printer off the pallet then with their help set it up on the stand. While it took less than 45-minutes to set the printer on the stand it nevertheless requires more than just 2-people. This thing is a beast.
The setup is straight forward, just follow the directions. I ran into one problem which turned out to be operator error. I had loaded all the cartridges in the left side and began the right when one wouldn't lock in. Turned out I had attempted to load in incorrect cartridge and the printer was telling me that.
Noise. Our studio isn't that large and I find the 9900 to be much quieter than the 9800.
First print: Amazing. As good as the 9800 is, the 9900 is light-years better.
Odds and ends: Paper loading is almost completely automated. Press a button push the media in and the printer takes care of the rest. I'm using the optional barcode to keep track of media usage. The barcode is larger than expected taking up 3 1/4 inches (82.55 mm). Reload the media and the printer reads the data then cuts it off. The data is also displayed on the color monitor; print an image and the remaining length is updated as you print.
Let me know if there's any questions.
One last thought; be prepared for a lot of trash including cardboard and wood pallet.
Images taken with a Droid...
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Thanks for following the saga of the canvas.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I've been printing on Epson canvas for as long as I've owned an Epson 9800. The first canvas I used was Epson Premium Satin that had a base weight of 350 gsm (grams/sq meter) and 19 mil thick. I was very pleased with the canvas in not only the image quality but how well (and easily) it stretched.
I've seen images Ken has printed using Lyve and they are stunning.
So good-bye Epson canvas.
Update January 12th - Added a link to Breathing Color. Also need to say just how impressed I am with the customer service there.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Sandy & Don