Question For Those Of You Who Do 12 X 12 Layouts What kind of printer do you use to print that size?
Posted 03 November 2009 - 07:10 AM
Posted 03 November 2009 - 07:59 AM
Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:14 AM
Another good question - anyone know a good source for pretty binders?
Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:54 AM
I purchase my 12 x 12 papers from Red River Papers online. They have both a matte that you can print on both sides or a satin that is like a luster, both are gorgeous. As for a printer, there are many choices out there and very good prices, if you watch for them. HP recently ran their wide format printer for 1/2 price @ $149. I do see the Epson 1400 on sale for $199 - I use to have that printer, it does outstanding output. I recently upgraded to the Epson r1900, due to a great deal - I got it at newegg.com for $400 with a $150 rebate, making it $300 off list price - couldn't pass that deal up. It prints wonderfully, but the Epson 1400 prints beautifully too - you can't go wrong with either printer!
As for printing, all three printers do print to the edge; but I do not use that feature. I select "shrink to fit" in the CS4 printer box, and get that little white border all around. I do this becuase I once read that it saves ink and keeps the inside of your printer cleaner. Not sure how true it is...
Before getting a wide-format printer, I did the 8 1/2 x 11 layouts, but doing the 12 x 12s seem to give you so much more room for creativity! LOL! I have found that I enjoy it so much, I would never be without the wide-format.
Good luck with your decision!
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Posted 03 November 2009 - 03:43 PM
Thanks for the suggestions about various printers too - I am going to check this out before I decide if it is really worth my while to suddenly change the size of the scrap books I have done over the years - right now they are all the same size and the binders I buy and design are cheap and come in all sizes, so can't make up my mind - what I like about the 12 x 12 is that I would be working with a square instead of a rectangle and think the layout would surely be even more awesome.
Thanks again for all of the help! Will let you know what I decide to do.
Posted 03 November 2009 - 03:56 PM
I did figure out how to cut down the amount of edge lost on a full-bleed print. With the Epson after you check borderless, click on the page layout tab. There is an expansion slider there that controls the amount of enlargement for borderless printing. The default on mine is "max", which clips more than I'd like off the edges. When I moved the slider to "min" on the far left, I liked the results.
My Gallery I scrap with Photoshop CS6, but can help with older versions: PS7, CS2 & CS4.