Borderless Printing vs. Trimming

An Inkjet NEWS & TIPS article by Royce Bair for 2006 Dec 28


POST-PRINTING LABOR on the above mentioned advantages over roll paper can really make a difference on some jobs. Your editor recently took in a job of making 70 - 16x20 borderless "photo" prints. The labor costs of having to uncurl and trim out this many prints from roll paper was very high. It would have better if I could have printed them borderless on an Epson 3800 using 16x20 sheet paper (which currently is not available). The slightly higher ink costs of the 3800 (over the 4800) and the additional ink waste due to borderless over-spray pales to the post-printing labor cost of un-curling and trimming.

TIME & INK to print: Borderless printing takes a little longer than regular printing partly because your image is actually enlarged by about 3% in the print spooling process, so the image will "bleed" off the edge of the print. Because the print heads have to travel a little further to make this over-spray, you'll waste a little bit of ink, and it will take a little longer to print over making the same size print on a larger sheet of paper (most printers will slow down and print with only a few nozzles when they start and finish borderless prints), and trimming to the final "borderless" size if necessary.

For instance, our tests showed that the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 make a 16x20 borderless print in 5 minutes, 52 seconds, whereas it made the same size print on a 17x22 sheet in 5 minutes, 31 seconds (only 21 seconds less). The advantage of the later method is accuracy - being able to have a borderless print (after trimming) that is cropped exactly as you want it. The advantage of the former, true borderless, method is not having to trim the print afterwards. The amount of ink wasted in the over-spray and the extra time to print is negligible.

YOUR INPUT: While the new Epson 3800 can make borderless 16x20 prints directly from sheets (the 4800 requires 16" roll paper), Epson has failed to bring 16x20 inkjet paper to market in time for the release of this printer!

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