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Old 08-01-2009, 22:32   #1 (permalink)
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Building of the good printer and paper thread

I've got a follow-on question to the earlier good printer and paper thread. I'm very dissatisfied with the quality of my local printers- I'm really going to have to either have stuff printed by a fine art printer, who is quite reasonable for what he does, but still pricey (something like $10 Aus for A4 size) or send stuff off to the mainland, and incur shipping costs.

In that earlier thread, I noticed that quite a few people commented that they found getting good prints fairly difficult fro home printers, and that they are expensive relative to printshop jobs.

My questions are this- what are the problems that a newbie like myself would encounter with a printer? Do they relate to calibration of the monitor, diffierences between what the computer sees, the printer prints and the monitor shows, or what?

Also, how much more expensive, maybe in terms of way more or slightly more, expensive are high quality home prints? I've found it difficult to get even a rough price-per-print figure.

I'm not sure it could be much worse than what I am currentlydoing- I had the local shop run my last set of prints twice, and they still messed them up. I took them to the other local shop, and their version of the same prints were totaly different, and still not in agreement with what is on my screen, or with the other ones. So at the end of the day I ended up with $40 of sort of so-so prints.
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Re: Building of the good printer and paper thread

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My questions are this- what are the problems that a newbie like myself would encounter with a printer? Do they relate to calibration of the monitor, diffierences between what the computer sees, the printer prints and the monitor shows, or what?
You really should calibrate your monitor whatever. Above will apply to any printer, whether you own it or send it away

Personally, I don't do home printing any more as I was spending way too much with botched pages, dried inks, etc.

I've looked at doing it properly using commercial RIP printing and selling the spare capacity but I don't want to invest that kind of money, especially as my personal printing isn't that great (yet)
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Yeah- I think I'm in your boat Markulous. Thanks for the insight.
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