Saturday, June 24, 2006

Large Format Archival Printing

I took a class on "Large Format Archival Printing" today at the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit; thanks to the Dodge Foundation for funding me. The class was taught by Jay Seldin. The lab was impressive as was the several large format Epson printers they had on hand. Jay showed an assortment of his prints on various papers and fabric. Yes, fabric, there is a polyester fabric that you can print on. Learned about a product called inkaid that lets you print on almost anything. We also used a Photoshop plugin called SI Pro2. This plugin lets you size up an image for large format printing. Jay also went over how he uses Photoshop's Unsharpen Mask filter to sharpen an image for printing. I got to print 2 of my images, With Two Hands and Olana Pond Reflections, to a size of 20 inches by 15 inches. At home I have an Epson 2000P that I usually print images to about 13 inches by 10 inches, though I could print a bit larger. One of the images I printed during the class was taken with my Canon SD 500, a 7 megapixel camera. It is good to know that I can get a good quality large format image from this camera. I didn't get a chance to try printing an image from my Konica Minolta Digital SLR Maxxum 7D.

With Two Hands

Olana Pond Reflection

Jay showing his work.
The Epson large format printer.
Preparing files for printing.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Hi Harold, I was at your Poetry in Motion talk at NAEA and was just looking at your blog. I saw this post and wanted to tell you that I learned at the central region virginia art educator's association conference that you can actually print on plain ole muslin or if you soak it in this chemical you can get from Dharma Trading company called
Bubble Jet Set
You have to iron the fabric onto sheets of freezer paper (which you can reuse a few times) to run it through the printer. Dharma Trading sells printer paper sized sheets of freezer paper, but it's cheaper to buy it by the roll.
Anyway, hope you can use this in your classroom!
Thanks for the great and fun presentation. Good luck!