Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Inkjet NEWS & Tips - June 2011

...from InkJetArt.com

TIP: COPYING ARTWORK - A POLARIZATION TUTORIAL

Photographers are often asked to digitally copy and print the artwork of other artists. Many of you are artists, who reproduce your own artwork, and would like to know the best way of copying your work.

I once ran a business doing digital copy work. Many artist would reluctantly come to me after their own copying efforts fail to accurately reproduce their artwork. Most would lean their paintings up against the wall and take a few shots with their digital camera. Although most 10MP to 12MP point-n-shoot cameras have enough resolution to make a decent 16 x 20 print (or even a 24” x 30"), megapixels are only a small part of the requirements for making a good reproduction of an original painting.

Proper lighting is the most important ingredient in good copy work. In this tutorial I will show you how to set up proper Polarized lighting and achieve a technique called, “cross Polarization”… Read more here:

http://www.inkjetbuzz.com/blog/index.php/site/2011/06/
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SALE: INSTANT REBATES ON PRO EPSON PRINTERS
(Ends June 30)

EPSON STYLUS PRO 3880 (17-inch)

• 8-channel, (9-color, Auto switching Black modes)
• Pigment-based UltaChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta
• 180 nozzles x 8
• 2880 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution
• Special pricing (click ‘’Buy One’’ button to see our price)
http://bit.ly/kBfg1i or call 1-800-777-2076

EPSON STYLUS PRO 7890 (24-inch)

• 8-channel, (9-color, Auto switching Black modes)
• Pigment-based UltaChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta
• 360 nozzles x 8
• 2880 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution
• $500 Instant Rebate (Ends June 30, 2011)
http://bit.ly/j9LHO9 or call 1-800-777-2076

EPSON STYLUS PRO 9890 (44-inch)

• 8-channel, (9-color, Auto switching Black modes)
• Pigment-based UltaChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta
• 360 nozzles x 8
• 2880 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution
• $1,000 Instant Rebate (Ends June 30, 2011)
http://bit.ly/lmQ87s or call 1-800-777-2076

EPSON STYLUS PRO 7700 (24-inch)

• 10-channel, (4-color, 5-cartridge, Auto sharing Black ink channel)
• Pigment-based UltaChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta
• Super fast printing with 720 nozzles x 5
• Perfect printer for signage & display
• 1440 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
• $750 Instant Rebate (Ends June 30, 2011)
http://bit.ly/mrSHvI or call 1-800-777-2076

EPSON STYLUS PRO 9700 (44-inch)

• 10-channel, (4-color, 5-cartridge, Auto sharing Black ink channel)
• Pigment-based UltaChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta
• Super fast printing with 720 nozzles x 5
• Perfect printer for signage & display
• 1440 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
• $1,250 Instant Rebate (Ends June 30, 2011)
http://bit.ly/l4Cwth or call 1-800-777-2076

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NEWS in PHOTOGRAPHY: SHOOT NOW - FOCUS LATER

An innovative Lytro camera technology due out later this year will allow the picture’s focus to be adjust AFTER it has been taken.

A person can view a picture from a Lytro camera on a computer screen and click on various parts of the image to bring those areas in sharp focus, while other parts of the image, i.e. the background or foreground fall out of focus. One picture could have dozens of variations, and a final print made of one’s preference.

The Lytro camera also offers speed. Point-n-shoot cameras have been anything but point and shoot: the lag time (the time it takes for the lens to focus before the shutter actually takes the photo) often causes missed shots. With the Lytro camera, there is no lag time.

Read more here:
http://www.lytro.com/

Play with the photos:
http://www.lytro.com/picture_gallery

See the ‘’Living Picture’’ Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7babcK2GH3I

A USA Today story about Lytro:
http://usat.ly/l8tU4o
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3 NEW EPSON EXHIBITION CANVAS PRODUCTS are ‘’SIGNATURE WORTHY’’

These new Exhibition Canvas products are part of Epson’s Signature Worthy media collection. All three are acid free, lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend, water-resistant, elegantly textured canvases that feature a bright white point, exceptionally high Dmax and wide color gamut. The canvas base is enhanced with elastic polymers providing high tensile strength and flexibility for gallery wrap stretching without cracking.

HIGH MARKS: These new canvas products were actually introduced in December 2010, but too late for our last newsletter. This has given us to time to evaluate the canvas and obtain feedback from our customers, who so far, have had only good comments and no complaints. They like the unique texture and feel of this canvas, the 2-4 mil greater thickness, it’s high Dmax / wide color gamut, and especially, the greater flexibility and stretching—all for nearly the same price as Epson’s Premium Canvas.

VIDEO: One of the most popular of the three is the Satin finish. You’ll want to watch this YouTube Video featuring acclaimed wedding photographer, Catherine Hall, and how she uses the Epson Exhibition Satin to enhance her image:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8mhVRsEoOI

All three products are available in 13’’, 17’’, 24’’, 36’’, 44’’ & 60’’ rolls.

Epson Exhibition Canvas Satin • 23 mil thick • 430 gsm
http://bit.ly/mLnr3s

Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte • 23 mil thick • 395 gsm
http://bit.ly/k4DsBh

Epson Exhibition Canvas Gloss • 22 mil thick • 420 gsm
http://bit.ly/lbrzOM
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INKPRESS METALLIC GLOSS

Those who have come to appreciate the Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper (a true ‘’wet-process’’ photographic paper) will find similarities in this ink jet paper from Inkpress. Both produce unique prints that stand out from the crowd. The whites in both papers have a metallic glow with a silvery / pearl hue that gives some images almost a three-dimensional feel. Both papers produce an amazing ‘’pop’’ that can’t be reproduced by any other glossy options. The only drawback is that like the Kodak wet-process paper, it is more expensive than regular glossy photo papers (quality and uniqueness has it’s price).

http://bit.ly/lSNZzx

Inkpress Metallic also has a ‘’Satin’’ option:
http://bit.ly/kWAcqj
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PHOTOSHOP TIP: ‘’CLARITY’’ SLIDER FOR QUICK WATERCOLOR EFFECTS

A simple technique for producing ‘’watercolor’’ effects or more ‘’dreamy’’ looks in your images comes from moving the ‘’Clarity’’ filter slider to the left (in the minus values) within Photoshop’s Camera Raw.

This has an effect similar to putting a transparent diffusion filter over your lens--causing the highlights to flare and diffuse into the darker details of the image.

Of course, to use the Camera Raw function in Photoshop, you must start with RAW digital images, then open them in Photoshop--enabling the Camera Raw plug-in. Shooting in RAW has many advantages. It’s like have a master negative that has hidden tonal values and color that can be restored and changed whenever needed… Read more here:

http://bit.ly/jLbgs7
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CANSON’s PLATINE FIBRE RAG - A fine art paper review

In our last newsletter, we wrote: ‘’Platine Fibre Rag is the combination of the premium 100% cotton Platinum paper that Canson has supplied for many years to the original Platinum and Platine photographic market, with the latest microporous coating, making the traditional darkroom paper now available for your digital printing.’’

We’d like to share a great review of this beautiful paper that was written by Miles Hecker on his WycoFOTO website. Hecker found the Platine to be the most ‘’tactilely appealing’’ of the three finalist papers he reviewed. He said something that I also noticed about this paper: ‘’...the highlights and near highlights had a very slight warmth to them’’—which he ‘’found in Goldilock’s words, [to be] ‘just right’.’’
http://wyofoto.com/Canson_Platine_review.html

You can purchase Canson Platine Fibre Rag here:
http://bit.ly/ebTYxd

FREE YELLOWSTONE NP PHOTOMAP: Be sure to check out the WyoFOTO ‘’Print of the Month’’ and Miles’ ‘’Yellowstone NP Photomap’’—all linked from their home page. A downloadable deluxe PDF version of the photomap is available that features 38 geotagged photo sites. Fourteen of these sites are freely demonstrated the online Photomap version by clicking on the locations—the other 24 sites are available only in the $9.95 Photoguide deluxe PDF version (there are also additional sections on preparation, clothing, equipment, lodging and dining). This is a great resource for anyone planning on a photo trip to Yellowstone! Miles also has a Grand Teton NP Photomap online linked from the home page.
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BARYTA PHOTOGRAPHIQUE - a ‘’photo’’ fine art paper review

In our last newsletter, we wrote: ‘’Baryta Photographique is a true Baryta paper developed for inkjet technology. It consists of an alpha-cellulose, acid-free pure white paper with the same barium sulphate coating as for traditional silver halide and a premium inkjet colour receiver layer. Baryta Photographique offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. This museum grade photo paper shows excellent black density and great image sharpness, making it ideal for black and white photography.’’

While most fine art papers require you to print with the Matte Black ink, the Baryta Photographique is an exception—you can and should use the Photo Black inks for best results. This also produce a higher Dmax than virtually any other fine art paper on the market.

This paper reminds me very much of an air-dried, double-weight, glossy photo papers (the wet-process silver-gelatin photo papers). Both have a satin-luster or micro-stipple finish that is uniquely retro and highly desirable amongst the fine art gallery crowd. Luminous-Landscape called it the ‘’most appealing paper’’ they had yet to use:
http://bit.ly/m7EX2H

You can purchase Canson Baryta Photographique here:
http://bit.ly/lLiYBn
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TONER CARTRIDGES & other OFFICE SUPPLIES - Best Prices

Inkjetart is now offering the best prices for laser printer toner cartridges and many other offices supplies!

Just click on ‘’Coatings’’ (top right), and then click on ‘’Office Supplies’’ in the drop-down menu—you’ll be redirected to BiggestBook.com (You can also go to this website directly at any time).

To search and order products, use keywords or known part numbers in the search box, or use the 4 main categories and start browsing:

• OFFICE SUPPLIES
• TECHNOLOGY
• BREAKROOM & JANITORIAL
• FURNITURE

Once you find the product(s) you are looking for, please note the product description and product number. NOTE: The prices show are only list prices—Inkjetart can offer you special pricing. To get this special pricing, just call us at 1-800-777-2076, or use the ‘’Add to My List’’ button, and then email your ‘’My List’’ to Kevin@inkjetart.com

We will call or email you a quote. Start saving now!

Posted by Royce Bair on 06/22 at 07:09 AM
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