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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-10-2018, 10:10 AM  
Printing at home - what's the real cost?
Posted By dms
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I think the question about printing at home is not the cost so much, because you can decide to only print small and use a good dye ink printer. Rather it is (or was/is for me):

(1) The ability to work on the image till it is really satisfying. How the tweaks in pp and the choices in paper will change things cannot really be done otherwise, and (for me) it is probably 50% of the making of the image--which is very different and more satisfying from what I did in the film era.

(2) In fact if you plan to give out the work, for example for 13"x19" and larger, printing at home gives one the ability to investigate the choices (1) with smaller prints, and then maybe print a slice of the larger print to proof the larger prints you go out for. As I mentioned when I wanted larger prints (2 ' x 3' prints from my college print department) I used this method--although as it turned out the results were basically identical--but from what I read that is likely not the case when going out to a larger volume commercial printer.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-09-2018, 09:01 AM  
Printing at home - what's the real cost?
Posted By dms
Replies: 23
Views: 1,815
I use epson w/ dye not pigment (6 set Clara) and:
-- I have no trouble w/ clogging so far (10 years use, often a month or two between printing)
-- color fastness is fine (does 100 vs 200 years matter?)
-- appearance is as good as high end pigment inks for matte--where I use it for tests to compare to larger print results where I want bigger prints. I have heard the glossy results are even better for dye vs pigment, but I have not done any A to B comparison.

The Epson 1430 will do 13x19 and it allows user input for any size paper up to the 13 " by something quite long (maybe 144"). I don't have the 1430--I have a 10 year old all in one, that only accepts 8.5" wide), but the inks are the same.

BTW accumulate a few images to print and then print narrow slices of each on the same paper as test to get the image right for the final print. I don't use calibrated screen and anyway the print works by reflected light, versus the transmitted light for the screen, so some trial and error is often called for IMO (including deciding what paper to use).
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