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Old 07-23-2002, 06:25 AM
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I've been very happy with my inkjet printer. Most of the stuff I do is for family but I have done a few jobs for real money.

The one time I took anything to a commercial printer turned out to be a color match nightmare. This was a fairly simple business card but the customer wanted certain colors. I think they just didn't want to turn down any work so were willing to accept anything.
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Old 08-03-2002, 03:45 PM
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what type of printers and paper do you reccomend for me to use for business clients photos?

I've recently been asked to restore some photos but I dont want to give them prints that arent going to last very long.

Is the Epson 1280 printer worth buying for business/home use?

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Old 08-03-2002, 04:25 PM
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I use an Epson 1270 with Epson paper. The 1280 is a newer version and more expensive.

I've also used Kodak papers that seem to work OK.
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Old 08-23-2002, 12:57 PM
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I use an Epson 9600 with Epson paper and inks
It creates high-quality prints and has a Lightfastness 140+ years
Been very happy

Steve
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Old 08-29-2002, 12:27 AM
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XEROX PHASER 790

I have been thinking of bringing my PS file to a professional printer.
The Print shop that I would be dealing with, uses a XEROX PHASER 790 for digital images. Has anyone heard of this printer is the quality really much more noticable than a medium to high end inkjet printer?

I have enclosed the website of this printer:
http://www.torontoimageworks.com/custom.html
Please, tell me what you think.

Lawrence
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Old 08-29-2002, 01:24 AM
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I can't recall where I read it, but folks were against color laser prints because the color mixing was not as good as inkjets. Here's a link which may help you.
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Old 08-29-2002, 10:23 AM
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Excellent link

Excellent link, I have no more questions.
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Old 08-29-2002, 01:28 PM
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Color Lasers

In general inkjets do print better photos, especially the Epson. But of all the color lasers the Tally is the best by far. The pastor of a church I do a lot of work for just bought one, on my recommendation, and the booklets and brochures we printed, full of photos, came out beautiful!

The advantages of a Tally laser are: the inks are 1) more intense on regular paper (don't absorb), 2) don't run when wet, and 3) you can use a variety of shiny papers which look like brochure/magazine quality and get great results.

Disadvantages: For photos, I'd still go with my Epson inkjet. A problem I found with preparing photos to be printed on the laser is that I had to switch to CMYK, and the fleshtones were hard to match and the blues tended to come out too dark. For pictures of people, I definitely like the color results better on the Epson inkjet.

The machine is much more expensive (thousands, not hundreds) and the ink is about the same. So I'd only get this if you want to do mass printing or brochures/booklets, which in the long run will save you half over commercial printing.

Tip: Be sure to use the "heavy paper" setting for only moderately heavy papers, or try it both ways and compare. The "heavy" setting gave far better results on our medium weight shiny brochure papers.

Phyllis

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Old 08-29-2002, 05:55 PM
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Excellent review Phyllis. You really laid out the pros and cons of the laser printer.
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Old 09-01-2002, 05:35 PM
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If I'm printing proof sheets (16 to a page) I print them at home. Photographs for wedding albums or framed portraits are printed on my local labs Fuji Frontier for longevity.
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