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Tuesday
Jul202010

Vellum

Vellum is cotton plasticized translucent paper typically used for technical, architectural and CAD drawings. Because vellum is more durable than typical pulp-based paper it is typically used for blueprints in technical fields but makes a great creative element to use as an overprint or print separator.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Velvet

A velvet surface texture is a matte-like surface fine art paper with subtle texture.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Warm Tone Paper

The terms cool and warm are used as descriptions for the hue of paper whiteness. Cool tone papers are generally more blue whereas warm tone papers are more yellow.

Tuesday
Jul202010

What is a canvas wrap?

Canvas wraps are a quick and economical solution to creating a canvas print without having to use stretcher bars and side stapling. Canvas wraps are obviously not as sturdy as most use cardboard, light wood, or plastic for a base. Hahnemuhle Gallerie Photo Wrap's are even sold in 8.5"x11" size which allows users with inkjet desktop printers to create a finished size 6"x8" canvas wrap. Check out the video below and see how easily Hahnemuhle Gallerie Photo Wraps can be constructed.

Tuesday
Jul202010

What is a spectrophotometer?

Spectrophotometers (or Spectros) are devices that measure the wavelength of light. Spectros are commonly used in photography to create ICC profiles.

Wednesday
Oct272010

What is a viable replacement product to Epson Satin Premier Canvas

The replacement product to Epson Satin Premier Canvas is Epson Exhibition Canvas Satin, the new replacement line will produce the same look as the now defunct Epson Satin Premier Canvas.

Tuesday
Sep142010

What is the difference between Canon's iPF6300 & iPF6350 Printers

Both the Canon iPF6300 and iPF6350 printers are large format printers from Canon’s new line of imagePROGRAF printers release in January of 2010. Both printers are 24” and use the same new line of Canon LUCIA EX Inks. The main difference between the two printers being the built-in 80GB hard-drive that comes standard with the iPF6350, allowing the printer to save up to 500 print jobs and allows up to 25 password protected mailboxes. Having the on-board 80GB Hard Drive means the iPF6350 is better suited for production printing purposes.

Tuesday
Jul202010

What profiles should I use for Photo-Tex adhesive fabric?

When printing on Photo-Tex Ahesive Fabric we suggest using Fine Art Print settings on Epson Printers (Velvet Fine Art WC Radient White). When printing with Canon printers we’ve found Enhanced Velvet and Premium Matte Profiles to work best. When using other printers and printing on Photo-Tex we recommend using any fine art settings for the best results in your prints. You can also try visiting the Photo Tex website, which has information regarding specific printer types and ICC Profile Information.

Tuesday
Jul202010

What settings and/or profiles can I use on inkjet metallic paper?

For printing on metallic inkjet paper we recommend using the highest quality print settings and ICC profiles for Premium Glossy Photo Paper (Epson Printers), Glossy Photo Paper 240gsm (Canon Printers) and HP Universal Instant Dry Gloss Photo Paper (HP Printers). We’ve tested all settings on our lines of both Mitsubishi Grace Pearlescent Metallic Inkjet Photo Paper & Chrome Pearlescent Metallic Inkjet Paper, and have got great results using all three profiles. If these profiles aren’t listed on your printer simply use a glossy or luster setting for best results.

Tuesday
Jul202010

What type of media can I use on my inkjet printer?

Generally, you can use any type of paper that has an inkjet receptive coating. You will need to make sure that the thickness (measured in mils) of the inkjet media will not harm your printer. You can check what thickness media your printer will take by checking the printer specifications. We recommend referring to your printer's manual for the recommended materials. It is also appropriate to verify whether or not your printer uses dye- or pigment-based inks and match the substrate.

Tuesday
Jul202010

What type of paper should I use for my print portfolio?

Whether you're a digital artist, graphic arts student, fashion designer or photographer this question comes up often.

The fact is there is no right or wrong answer, it is highly subjective. The answer is influenced by who you target audience is and what the overall message is for your work.

Many people will choose a matte fine art paper for a more artistic aesthetic while some photographers prefer barytas or fiber papers for a more photographic look-and-feel. 

Before making an investment in papers that are sometimes quite expensive, try printing on some sample prints on paper from a sample pack. This will allow you to test the waters with several different paper types and really determine what paper looks best for your prints at a much lower cost.

Moab's Ice Nine PortfolioAnother option would be using Moab Chinle Ice Nine Print Portfolios. Chinle Ice Nine Folios come in a variety of different paper options as well as sizes and contain 10 pre-scored sheets of paper (refils available.) To put these sleek portfolios together all you need to do is print and drop them in your book and your ready to go. Moab Print Portfolios are simple, portable and elegantly designed. Chinle Print Portfolios look great for a student graphic design or fashion print portfolio.

 

Tuesday
Jul202010

What's the difference between hot- and cold-press papers?

In general, hot-press papers are smooth whereas cold-press papers are slightly textured.

"Handmade paper with a smooth finish is described as hot pressed or H.P.. The term is not strictly accurate, for papermakers achieve this particular finish in a variety of ways: the sheets may indeed by pressed between heated glazing rollers, but they may also be passed through cold, highly polished metal rollers with pressure; historically the surface was obtained by polishing with a smooth hard object such as an agate or other stone." (Turner, The Book of Fine Paper, 34.)

Cold-press papers are often referred to as NOT (all caps) for not hot-pressed. "It describes a surface which is the result of parting and re-pressing handmade sheets wihtout any intermediary felts or boards. The finish is slightly textured..." (Turner, 33.)

Digital paper manufacturers and the digital photography industry have further loosened the terms to mean either textured or smooth.

Friday
May272011

When coating Epson Exhibition Canvas what Black Ink Should I use when printing?

We suggest using Matte Black Ink instead of Photo Black Ink. After coating canvas prints where Photo Black Ink was used streaking and smudging occurs. For this reason we suggest users choose Matte Black Ink when coating Epson Exhibition Matte Canvas.

Monday
Jul192010

Where can I find ICC profiles?

You can find on the paper manufacturer's website or check out this helpful listing of links.

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