Sep 2, 2006

Printers

I have been having some trouble lately finding a good printing company. I want to be able to scan my drawings at a really high resolution and print them onto a heavyweight paper that is suitable for greeting cards and prints. I want the prints to be of high quality since I'm selling them. There is such a variety in what they charge and what they can do that I haven't really found exactly what I am looking for.

Since I'm new to this business, I don't have any bulk orders to get scanned or have printed, and it seems bulk is the way to go if you want to save money. A lot of printing companies won't print onto heavy paper, and others only have small scanners. Others just charge an arm and a leg. So I have also been thinking about investing in a good quality printer for my home.

My boyfriend and I went out yesterday to have a look at printers, just to see what was out there. After much thought, I decided to invest in a high end printer, and bought a Canon Pixma iP6600D from Staples. http://www.canon.ca/digitalphotography/english/product_article.asp?id=855&cid=1

I'm quite excited to try it out and see what it will do. I will still probably take my drawings to get scanned at a printing company because our scanner doesn't have the high resolution that I want, but now I can do the prints myself.

The only problem is, my printer won't print the 11x14 size that I'm offering in my "Prints" section on my website. http://www.pagesportraits.com/prints.html So my options are to continue to have these larger prints done at a print company, or to stop offering this size. I would be interested to know what you all think. How popular would an 11x14 print size be? (I'm talking prints, NOT original drawings...I'm still offering these.) Please comment!!

H
www.pagesportraits.com

2 comments:

jaygee said...

Heather, just found your blog from the pet portrait forum. Are you a member of ArtPapa? There was quite a discussion recently about printers and perhaps you would like to get in touch with DeeDee Murry who does a lot of animal portraits, prints and cards and does a lot of her own printing. You can join ArtPapa.com free and pm her, she's familiar with me because we both own dachshunds so we have that in common.

Heather said...

Hi Jaygee,
I am not a member of ArtPapa, but I have run across it while surfing the net. I will look into it and also probably contact DeeDee to see if she can give me any tips.
Thanks!
H