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Converting Art into a Digital File

The Science of Digitizing Art The two main processes for converting your 2D art into a digital file are photographing and scanning. In reality, they’re just two sides of the same coin. A scanner is simply a large, slow, bulky camera. In the old days (5 years ago,) dedicated, special purpose scanners costing $10,000 or […]

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Printer Profiles: Key to Accurate Colors

Monitors can display ~16.7 million colors (~1 billion for wide gamut displays) but inkjet printers use 6 to 10 discrete colors and print dots so close to each other that the human eye sees them as a continuous tone. Due to inherent limitations, inkjet printers can’t reproduce all 16.7 million colors of a monitor. The […]

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Lighting for Art Reproduction

All artists know that light is the key. Chiaroscuro is a known, understood, thoroughly documented and well accepted school of art that depends on light and dark. Indeed, without light, art would be as bland and boring as medical illustrations. Although chiaroscuro was known before the Renaissance, it came into its own during that period. […]

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Inkjet Technologies

Inkjet printers are incredibly complex devices that depend on extremely tight tolerances.

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Fine Art Reproduction Inkjet Paper

Quality inkjet paper goes a long ways toward good reproductions

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A Short Primer on Ink Jet Printers

For our purposes, I’m covering only Epson and Canon printers in this short primer on ink jet printers. Fine art prints require a wide gamut (range of colors) which requires printers using 6, 8 or 10 colors. Other than size—13″, 17″, 24″ are the most common—the main difference in printers is dye versus pigment inks. […]

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Is Everyone Seeing the Same Color?

When the Right Color is Critical When reproducing art for artists, matching colors is important. But, even when the client is just across town, taking time to meet and compare prints against the original is time consuming. Using video conferencing, we can cut out the hassle of driving to a meeting. Unfortunately, most people don’t […]

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Collaboration in the Age of Covid-19

Collaboration with Video Conferencing Today, anyone who can fog a mirror uses Zoom, the video conferencing app du jour. To hear some talk, you would think they invented video conferencing. I first used video conferencing in the early 1990s to conduct engineering project status reviews. We were in San Diego, the customer was in Japan […]

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Photography in the Age of Cell Phones

The More Things Change… As I mentioned previously, I recently presented a talk to a retirement community photography club. I could tell my talk was way over most members’ heads. At the same time, having taught college and corporate classes, I’m always loath to “dumb down” my talks for several reasons. First, I don’t like […]

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Photo Printing Resources

Photo Printing Resources Retirement Community Camera Club – Articles, Videos & Tutorials In January 2020, I was invited to speak to a local retirement community photography club about photo printers and printing. As any photographer knows, this requires knowledge and understanding beyond just which printer to buy. My program covered basic topics I deemed most […]

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