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Tuesday
Jul202010

Fisheye

A fisheye lens is an extreme wide angle camera lens that can have up to a 180° field of view with wide depth of field.

Tuesday
Jul202010

F-Stop

The number of an optic system to express the diameter of the entrance pupil in terms of focal length of the lens or the focal length divided by the aperture diameter.  In simple terms the f-stop represents how much light enters you camera’s lens.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Gamut

Gamut (or color gamut) refers to the subset of colors that can be accurately produced by a device. The larger the color gamut the more colors that can be accurately represented. Every device is capable of representing a unique color gamut. Different combinations of ink and paper will also result in variations in the color gamut represented.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Giclée

The term giclée is a French word which literally translated means 'to spray'. Giclée was derived from the first Iris printers that sprayed ink on media. With the introduction of inkjet printers the name stuck and became synonymous with printing in fine art applications. Printing Giclée on canvas is really not much different than photo printing. Giclée prints are usually fine art reproduction prints on fine art and canvas media.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Grain (film)

The optical texture of photo film due to granules of silver and or dyes.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Grain (Paper)

The direction in which fibers within a sheet of paper run. 

Depending on the fiber material used in the paper the grain may be different. Fibrous materials like cotton have long fibers which orient themselves in a parralel direction.

Papers may be referred to as both long grain or short grain depending on the cut. If paper grain or fiber of the paper is aligned along the length of the paper or long side, the paper's grain is referred to as grain long. The direction of the grain is important when scoring and/or folding the paper. Scores and folds should always be made in the direction of the paper grain. Some manufacturers denote the grain direction in their lot numbers like Moab so they can provide paper appropriate for special projects.

Monday
Jul192010

GSM

Grams per square meter (gsm) is the literal weight of one square meter of paper.

Tuesday
Jul202010

How can I profile my display?

There are several ways to profile your display, or in other words standardize the color displayed depending on the level of accuracy required. The easiest method is to use your monitors build in calibration tools. Some displays, like those on Apple computers use a system of visual cues to set the contrast, color, and brightness of a monitor. This can be found in the Sytem Preferences > Display > Color > Calibrate... Apple has a great tutorial on display calibration.

While this method is a good start, it is not 100% accurate. 

X-rite Eye One (i1) Display 2

We recommend going one step further and using a specialized color calibration tool like the X-rite Eye-One series. This will ensure that your display meets measurable color standards.

Tuesday
Jul202010

How do I archive and preserve my prints?

Inkjet prints are delicate and should be treated much in the same way a museum or gallery would treat a piece of art. When preserving your photographs you should store them in a room that is around 70 degrees farenheit at relatively low humidity, about 30-40% (Make sure you do not store your photos in your attic or basement as these areas are susceptible extreme levels of humidity and temperature change.) Prints should be stored in an enclosed archival box (Moab has some pretty sleekly designed Chinle Archival Box Options) that is acid- and lignin-free. The Library of Congress has a great FAQ section that explains how to ensure the longevity of your prints, as well as other helpful archival tips.

Tuesday
Jul202010

How do I get rid of bubbles from coating my inkjet canvas?

If you're getting air bubbles when coating your inkjet printed canvas you may want to try rolling the top coating in different directions. Because canvas is a permeable media (especially 100% cotton canvas) the canvas takes time to soak up the coating. So make sure to cover the canvas completely by rolling in multiple directions and allowing 24 hours for dry time, this should reduce bubbling on the surface of your canvas.

In some cases the bubles are introduced because the tools are not appropriate or the mixture is overly agitated. Be certain that the application method is in line with the manufacturer's recommended procedures.

Tuesday
Jul202010

How do I give my inkjet canvas prints an embellished or painted look?

If you're looking to give your prints an embellished "impasto" painted or "brushed" look try Premier Art's Eco Elegance, an embellishing gel that allows you to mix the gel with acrylic paints or alone to give your prints a true painted feel. We suggest use of Premier's Eco Print Shield before embellishing with Elegance gel as it has been engineered to be coupled with Eco Elegance and will protect your canvas from environmental factors. Before using embellishing Gel we recommend following these steps to ensure your print quality:

  1. Allow ample drytime after printing. We recommend at least 24 hours.
  2. Coat your canvas with a couple of light coats of Eco Print Shield or a similar coating and allow for the manufacturer's recommended dry time.
  3. Stretch and mount the canvas.
  4. Apply Eco Elegance or a similar product with a brush, roller or palette knife. Application should performed in thin layers allowing the gel to dry between coats in order to remain clear. It can also be mixed with acrylic paints for color matching.

Premier Art's YouTube Channel has some additional instructional videos for coating and embellishing inkjet canvas prints. For IT Supplies' full line of Premier inkjet canvas coating and embellishing products click here.



Tuesday
Jul202010

How do I print on inkjet canvas?

When printing on canvas make sure your printer is set to print on the highest-quality print mode and the ICC profile you've selected matches that of the print settings. It is very important to adjust printer settings prior to printing on canvas so your printer can lay the right amount of ink, as speed and ink levels are different than that of setting for printing on photo paper.

When handling canvas make sure to wear white cotton gloves to prevent oily fingerprints from ruining your print surface. Also, you will want to make sure your inkjet canvas is free of dust and particles, so you may want to lightly brush the canvas with a soft-brissel brush.

After you run your print make sure that you allow for 24 hours of dry time. This will prevent the ink on your prints from smudging. You'll want to coat your canvas to protect it from the environmental factors as well, Premier Art Sells a line of Eco Post Print solutions for coating and embellishing canvas prints.

ICC profiles can be found throughout the IT Supplies website, in our blog or on manufacturer's landing pages. If you are unable to find ICC profiles for a specific paper on our website, try visiting the manufacturer's website as often profiles can be found there. If your looking for more information about inkjet canvas visit the IT Supplies Canvas Collection Page, it's loaded with products, tips, trick and videos.

 



Tuesday
Jul202010

How should I handle my inkjet media?

There are several important things to remember while handling any type of inkjet receptive media:

  • Make sure to handle inkjet paper by the edges, corners or from the non-printable side. This prevents oils from your fingerprints from tampering with the media's printable surface. You can wear white cotton gloves used for coin collectors to handle your media and prints, this will prevent oils from ruining the inkjet coated surface.
  • ALWAYS allow ample dry time for your prints. If you do not allow for ample dry time your prints may smudge, ruining your work. Depending on the media dry times may vary, use your best judgement and remember the more time you allow for drying the less chance you have of ruining your prints...so be patient!
  • Keep your work area and area you will be printing tidy. Environmental factors such as dust, grime, particles and food could ruin your prints.
  • Never stack prints on top of each other. The most common defects we see are when prints are stacked on top of each other without protective tissue.
Monday
Jun062011

How to install a ColorBurst Media Profile for the Epson – GS6000

How to install a ColorBurst Media Profile for the Epson – GS6000 Printer

1.      Close ColorBurst if running.  Navigate using Windows Explorer to your ColorBurst installation folder (ex: c:\ ColorBurst_9.4.4 GS6000).

2.      Move the supplied .lin file into the “Lin” folder. If folders are not supplied you may need to create folders for these items to manage files.

3.      Move the .icc file into “Profiles\Output”.

4.      Move the .env file or supplied folder into “Env\EM_Epson\EM_Epson GS-6000” folder. 

5.      Close Windows Explore and launch ColorBurst to configure.

*If folders are not supplied you may need to create folders for these items to manage files.

Configuring your installed Media Profile

1.      With ColorBurst open, Click the “Environments” tab, scroll down to your installed profile and select.

*If you receive an error with selecting your new environment for the first time, click OK and follow the next steps. If you do not receive an error disregard further steps.

2.      Click Options -> “Linearization Options”, then “Select a lin file”. Browse to your installed file and select it.

3.      Next, click Options -> ICC Profile Options”. Under the Output tab, click the on/off button, click find, and then select the .icc profile previously installed.

4.      Resave the Environment. (Environments -> Save As -> Ok).

* You can use the “Environment Manger” as well to import a new profile if you choose to not create it manually in Windows Explore.



Tuesday
Jul202010

ICC Profiles

ICC stands for the International Color Consortium. The ICC is a governing body which establishes standards for the display and formatting of color across all mediums and is used by not only the creative community but industry to insure that colors are accurately reproduced.

ICC profiles are computer files which essentially contain a description of the color for a particular device as compared to standards. These files are denoted with either a .icc or .icm suffix. ICC profiles act as a common translation tool to make the color one device, like your monitor, match the color on another device, like your printer.

We have compiled a list of links here to make finding and using ICC profiles for your products a little easier.

Thursday
Aug192010

I'm printing on Fredrix 777VWR using my Canon ipf8300, what profiles should i use?

We’ve spoken with a representatives at Fredrix, they’ve suggested downloading the file (Fredrix777VividCanonIPF5100,6100,8100,9100.icc) for use with the new line of iPF 8300, iPF6350 & iPF6300 Printers. To download the ICC Profile for your iPF printer, visit the Fredrix website by clicking here and signing up. 

Wednesday
Aug312011

Inkjet vs. Solvent Canvas - What's the difference?

Inkjet and Solvent canvas are both composed of the same materials, usually a poly/cotton blend or 100% cotton base.

The difference between the two types of canvas is the coating. Solvent canvas is coated for solvent-based printers, while inkjet canvas is coated specifically for use with inkjet printers. The ink receptive coating helps ink adhere to the surface of your canvas without smudging or run-off.

When coating or embellishing solvent and inkjet canvas, the same steps should be taken. Your can learn how to coat and embllish your solvent and inkjet canvas prints here.

If you have any questions regarding solvent and inkjet canvas simply comment below.

Wednesday
Oct272010

Is Chrome Pearlescent Metallic Inkjet Paper a cardstock weight for printing cards and is the reverse side printable.

Chrome Pearlescent Metallic Paper is about 10.5 mil thick, which is about the same as your average photo paper and may be a little thin for greeting cards. The back side has no water mark, but is just a plain matte surface. The pearlescence of the paper only applies to one “printable” side.

Wednesday
Oct272010

Is there a shelf life for inkjet papers such as Epson Premium Luster or Chrome Metallic Papers?

As long as the paper is stored in a semi-cool (70 degrees), dry place, inkjet papers should last almost indefinitely. For information regarding archiving inkjet papers, click here.

Tuesday
Jul202010

ISO

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO Standards allow a structured level of set of technical specifications throughout an industry. ISO files use the extension .iso and usually contain archived images of dvd's or cd's.