Trying to get back in the swing this year with today's Black and White Sunday post! Thank you to our long standing hosts, Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola!
I've been debating about whether to print at home or send my files out to a lab and I finally made the decision to do a majority of my printing at home. I like being able to control the color and the convenience of being able to print out a piece of artwork for a client, a friend's birthday, or special occasion whenever I want. But, it has been a challenge to get everything dialed in based on what I see on my monitor to what actually comes out of the printer. Very frustrating at times to tell you the truth. So here is one article I came by recently that has really helped me to refine the process and now I'm producing prints that just take my breath away and make me smile. Isn't that the goal after all?
I use a Dell PC, with a Dell UT713HM monitor, ColorMunki Smile calibration, Epson r3000 printer, and various papers including Moab luster and Epson smooth matte. I also use Lightroom, Silvr Efex Pro, and Photoshop for post processing. I was talking to a local lab and they suggested that if I really wanted to get everything dialed in then to actually paint my room a neutral gray color, upgrade my monitor to the best possible resolution I could afford, switch to a calibration system with a spectrophotometer, and upgrade to a printer with multiple black inks that can produce large sized prints. Now that is a lot to take on all at once so I'm going step by step as I gain more knowledge about the printing process.
If you have any tips for printing please share them in the comments below, I'm sure we'd all love to learn more!