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    Printers for students

    There is a big difference between student work and professionally produced work as there should be. Design seems to be an acquired skill and each designer follows a certain niche path reflecting their tastes which appeal to the public that potentially become "the clients".
    As a student I look at photographs of all this great work designed digitally, printed, then back to the digital world on design studios websites. In my opinion things that are designed for print should be honored with such respect. Good print. Good print that you can feel.

    Where can I go to get great printing for small run student works? Im looking for things like foil stamping and embossing as well as offset. I want my work to show with the textures I envision, no lulu or blurb or whatever.

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    I do a lot of photo work too, since i need print quality over quantity, I use Stylus Photo R2880, an inkjet printer for photo samples, the quality is superb.
    In the other hand, for quick cheap prints i use an Epson T1110, with a continuos ink system, it can print in tabloid size and do it at good speed.

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    My advice would be the Epson R3000 with compatible inks or a ciss / refill systems:

    Reasons:
    1. More accurate colors then other models, the Lc and Lm over Green, blue, red, orange or others means that colors are more realistic and subtle then impacted.

    2. K,Lg and Llg greys means that you will get both better ts and will also print amazing black and white images even with compatible inks (no green or other color tints).

    3. Can print long designs, even from a roll

    4. It's a popular model and you can find a lot of ICCs for it.

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    HP have cheap inks so it is worth to consider this.

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    any inkjet photo printer will work better than most color copier type printers

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    we have that stuff in uni

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    but you might not

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    but thats ok

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    cannon pixma pro 9000 or 9500

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    I like the cannon too.

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    Your asking for a print company and not a specific printer brand/model - correct?

    When you say small student runs - what quantities are you thinking?
    Usually most printing companies have a minimum quantity if you are going to do full color offset printing (where I work is 250 minimum) Otherwise we just print it on our digital presses which do not compare to the quality of our 6 color offset press.


    Embossing and Foil Stamping follow the same rule - there is a minimum. Also with Embossing and Foil Stamping there is a die charge (depends on size but most of the time dies are $75-$100 a piece). With embossing and foil stamping you definitely want to make sure it is a design or motif you will use over and over again to make it worth your while to have a die created.

    I know I have seen people do their own foil stamping with great success
    INSTRUCTIONS - http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/10/more-metallic-foil-exploits-with-free.html
    SUPPLIES - http://www.pulsarprofx.com/decalpro/store/Countries/USA/PulsarProFX.html

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    I work in a print shop and we have minimums to our orders. For instance, if you are looking to do offset printing, we don't even consider it unless it is a run of 1,000+ pieces. The cost for materials is too much for it to be worthwhile for us or the client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regnar View Post
    HP have cheap inks so it is worth to consider this.
    I never buy original manufacturer ink... You can find ink that fits your printer online for almost half the price... And i don't even notice a difference

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    there are alot of good refill kits for most printers...

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    I use canon pixma 640. In my opinion the ink printer together with photo paper gives you great results for student purposes. But now I would prefer some A3 ink printer because many times i needed to print on larger formats..

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