Printing by CMYK
I must purchase a photo printer for the firm I work. But I have cost limitations and the printer I advice must be satisfactory. I heard about epson c80. It also has the advantage of having seperate (CMY) tanks for colors. But the matter is output quality... It doesn't have mid-colors which exist in photo cartridges. C80 is around 170$. Would it be enough for photography prints in quality or should I invest on something else that would not cost too much?
(I should add that, I hate throwing out the entire cartridge when just one color finishes.)
Thanks from now on! : )
It depends on what your firm does with these prints. I think all inkjets print in CMYK, anyway, doing the RGB to CMYK conversion in the software.
Epson seems to deliver true photographic quality, but I wonder if that comes cheap. The Epson Photo 890 will deliver stunning color and detail IF you feed 240 ppi resolution into it. The 890 is $300. You might find an Epson 870 in a Ritz camera store for about $150. It's an older version of the 890, and prints beautifully. These printers use one cartridge for color. The print screen tells you when you're running low on ink.
Inkjets are impractical for reproducing multiple copies for customers. Each print costs at least $1. For wide distribution, you'd be better off giving a printing company a digital file with your image and text. Just ask the printer what his resolution requirement is.
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