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Old 09-11-2002, 10:28 AM
Stephen M Stephen M is offline
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Clare - just some boring technical consideratons on inkjet prints...

Paper will probably be limited in the sample pack - if you can use a good image that has both fine lineart detail and colour and neutral tones too that would be good. Other things to note will be highly saturated colours, gradations, shadow and highlight detail, three quarter to shadow transitions and how the paper absorbs the total ink setting in the darkest shadow areas.

(Scroll down to the characterization and calibration target links)

When you find a paper stock you like - the best results would be obtained with a custom ICC profile for this paper when used with the current inks and resolution setting. This can be done via mail order for around $30-50 with a consultant which saves on purchasing hardware/software and the learning curve etc.

You might be lucky and get a good print to monitor match using the standard OEM paper/ink/resolution settings in your inkjet driver - but most people do not have great success once they depart from the manufacturers products - thus ICC profiling (not to mention that even OEM products [Epson, HP, Roland etc] really need custom profiling too, as your hardware and other conditions are unique).

Hope this helps,

Stephen Marsh.
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