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Inexpensive printer for proofs
Old 12-30-2004, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for an inexpensive printer to proof images before I send them to the lab. I've been looking at the new canon Pixma series printers. Does anyone have any experience with these printerss?
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Old 12-30-2004, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don,t know much about the Canon printer but to my point of view and worth considering is the Epson R800 you can not only proof but you can print exeptional photo quality prints with it,A4 Max size with Epson inks and paper
claimed archival qualities of up to 80 yrs.
Since owning this printer and offering prints for sale their has been very little knockbacks.
If you are setting up I may be wiser to only spend your money once and at least you have total control of your work.
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I use an Epson R300 but you can get an R200 for $99.. It's the same printer except that it doesn't have card readers and LCD display built in..

Very good photo quality for an inkjet and you can also print to printable cd's..


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Old 12-30-2004, 07:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use an HP 130. I am very happy with the results. It is great to have a card reader on the printer. With a cigarette lighter attachment, I can print proofs in the middle of nowhere.

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I just bought this very printer for my MAC set up today. Any special hints I should know about color management?
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Old 12-31-2004, 12:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I use an Epson R300. I love it, and you can get one for less than $200.00. It has a card reader, but I've never felt that's an important feature for a printer. I'd never wnat to print anything I hadn't opened in Photoshop first.

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Old 12-31-2004, 09:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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David you will not be disapointed the time spent on the net on google r800 reviews (technical)
and the continual praise of this model is somthing else my profiles are the ones for a pc not a mac but the reviewsespecialy the UK one at the top of the list of reviews is very thorough use the epson profiles and I am pretty sure you will be rapped I use CS as the print setup and then print with preview
which is a little long winded but you then can be sure that the page layout is
the correct way, the other little trap and fairly well documented is to turn the Epson software colour controls to ICM then you will not get double colour
adjustments going on (easy to overlook)CS managment is then in control so what you see you get. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Thank you for the tips! I will check into all this info for sure!
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Maybe you can help me with this.

I have been following all the directions, I even called tech support and they walked me through some tests. Everything I print is DARK. My monitor shows vibrant colors that I know are accurate (it's a calibrated Apple cinema display and when I have my work printed somewhere else, the result is spot on to what I see on monitor) I'm running a G-5 with OSX 10.3.7, Illustrator CS. Photoshop CS, so everything I own is current. I've wasted like 20 sheets of paper, and a ton of ink trying different settings, and everything is TOO DARK.

Any thoughts?
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David,

Wish I could help, but I am a Windows XP user, not a Mac user. I can tell you that I went round and round with my wife's Epson Stylus printer and also wasted a ton of glossy paper. I finally had the kids buy me a HP Photosmart printer for Father's Day and have not had the same problems with that one. I say all this because here is what I learned during the whole process:

1. Don't mix paper and printer types. Use HP paper on the HP and Epson paper on the Epson. Mixing never gave me good results. Are you using Photo paper designed for your printer?

2. The Epson my wife uses ALWAYS prints photos darker than they appear in Photoshop. This was especially true if I told it what kind of paper I was using (i.e. Epson Premium Glossy etc.). I found I got my most accurate results with that printer when I used Epson photo paper BUT told the printing interface it was plain white paper instead of photo paper (go figure). I have never used a Mac, so I don't know if you can do something similar there.

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