ChromaMax Part 2: Printer Linearization

The second RIP calibration step is to linearize the ink channels with their newly restricted ink limits. This generates a set of curves that should produce a tonal response that is rich in shadow color and neutralizes the combined gray axis. The problem here is that many RIPs are still using curve generation algorithms that were created a long time ago and haven’t been updated. These RIPs rely on the final profiling process to “fix” an imperfect linearization, and the results are “good enough” for many. The G7 process introduced an excellent way of automating the curve generation process for…


ChromaMax Part 1: Printer Ink Restrictions

The first step to calibrating a printer in a RIP is to set the per channel ink restrictions. The challenge here is that RIPs typically have very poor (or no) tools for determining the optimal settings. The first screen grab below shows a popular RIP that encourages you to set the ink sliders without any guidance whatsoever. Color consultants are pretty good at making educated guesses, or at least have a crude process for getting close. The second screen grab below shows another popular RIP’s Ink Restrictions process where it determines the values automatically, but these settings are…


New Website!

Hey everyone! We just launched a new website that better focuses on communicating our strengths. The recommendations page has a bunch of product recommendations that we often suggest for our clients. And the downloads page has a bunch of updated targets and evaluation images we think printmaking geeks will get a kick out of. We’ve also created a ton of new  targets, and evaluation images that allow us to calibrate and evaluate equipment more precisely. New business cards, stationary and client gifts also along with this new look. And we’ve formalized and branded our calibration process which…


Canon iPF Pro-4000 Review

Canon has taken a great leap forward creating a whole new generation of their aqueous printers that have some exceptional features. Now that the Canon Pro-4000 has just started shipping, I thought I’d highlight a few features that I found significant. Roll Feed Unit and Paper Handling The optional roll feed unit can be used as a take up real as we’ve seen in printers before. But this roll feed unit can also act as a second roll feeder with it’s own unique paper path to the printing area. With this unit we essentially have double roll support that allows users to keep two different rolls…


Dark Sky Night Photography Workshop in Terlingua, TX

March 31st-April 3rd 2016 in the Big Bend region of West Texas with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig Scott Martin and  Lance Keimig team up again to present a four day/night photography workshop in the Terlingua ghost town in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Big Bend region is 300 miles away from the nearest city and feels every bit of it. It's one of the country's best kept secrets, full of history and pristine landscapes


Photopolymer Gravure Printmaking from Calibrated Digital Positives

October 22-24,2015, 10a-4p at Flatbed Press in Austin Texas with Scott Martin and Byron Brauchli Scott Martin of Onsight and  Byron Brauchli of Izote Editions team up for 3 days of photopolymer gravure printmaking from calibrated digital positives. This is really two workshops in one as participants will learn how to make calibrated positives and negatives for any alt-photo printing process, and photopolymer gravure prints. It's an opportunity to learn from two established craftsman and make gravure prints of your own images. Participants will learn how to produce print-ready transparencies…


Breathing Color Podcast

Yours truly featured in today's Breathing Color Podcast #20 talking about RIPs, printer drivers, nesting, layout, workflow and the big "to RIP or not to RIP" question.


Night Photography Workshop in the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town

July 2nd-5th, in Lee Vining, Eastern California with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig This Night Photography workshop will feature two nights of photography at Bodie Ghost Town, one at Mono Lake, and one on the Conway Summit. Each day we will have hold a critique and classroom instruction in the community center from 11a-5pm and will enter the field afterwards staying out past midnight. The workshop is suited for those with limited NPy experience, but at least basic photo skills, and familiarity with shooting RAW in manual mode with a DSLR. More advanced students and alumni are welcome too, we…


A quick introduction to Lightroom 6/CC

When you first install Lightroom 6/CC you may find yourself asking “Wait, how is this different from Lightroom 5?”, which is to say it’s an easy upgrade and familiar on all counts. But as you use it you’ll notice lots of meaningful new features everywhere - some small and some big. Here are five things in LR6/CC that I find significant: Photo Merge The “Merge to Panorama in Photoshop” and “Merge to HDR in Photoshop” features have both been brought natively to Lightroom. And let me tell you, the process of combining frames in LR6 is so fast, easy and friendly that it’ll make you want to do it…


What my days look like as a consultant

I thought I’d show everyone what my days often look like as a consultant. For 20 years, I’ve traveled around working with people in their studios on issues like color management, workflow, and print quality. A lot of the time this means working on big printers like these. HP Latex printers at New Era Portfolio In addition to common aqueous inkjet printers, I spend a lot of my time working on UV Curable, Solvent, Latex and sublimation printers from companies like Vutek, HP, Epson, Gandhi, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, Inca and others. Last week I visited 3 clients in 3 cities including one of my…