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After accumulating many year's worth of film and digital photographs and their related Epson generated prints, I've come to the point where I feel that I need to generate a portfolio of hard copy images in order to better display my capabilities. Some of this is to satisfy requests for salable images, some is just ego stroking. CD-based photo cataloging has worked for some things, but there's nothing like having the actual prints to look at for other purposes. Particularly when there isn't a computer nearby...or one that is set up properly for viewing. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I'm hoping to tap into the expertise on this list relative to those of you who may have already undertaken this task. Basically, I'd like to know what works and what doesn't rather than feed Epson's coffers by making prints that turn out to be unsuitable for portfolio display. To date, I've only decided to approach this by picking up several zippered portfolios that accept 8 1/2 x 11 prints and hold up to 25 archival double sided transparent pages. I've got a lot of questions suitable for discussion, so I'll list a number of them here...and thanks in advance for any and all help and suggestions. Bruce Lemmer 1. Should individual portfolios be used to separate the work into graphics and photography classifications? 2. Should subject matter such as landscapes, architecture, flowers, seascapes, etc. be grouped rather than mixed? 3. Do you mix color and B&W in the same portfolio? 4. Do you make your prints on glossy, semi gloss or HW matte papers, considering that these are going to be in transparent sleeves or possibly left with a customer? 5. Is the best layout 1 (~8x10), 2 (~5x7's) or 4 (~4x5's) images per print? 6. How do you handle a mix of verticals and horizontals? 7. Should each of the images be identified with things such as a caption, I.D. number, size constraint, date of generation, or something else in addition? None of the above? 8. Do you ever pull these sheets from the portfolio and leave them with potential customers and, if so, what information should be on the print to allow the customer to know where they came from? That is, of course, information that isn't excessive enough visually to detract from the image. 9. How do you mark or protect the sheets so that they can't be easily photographed and copied or otherwise have their content scanned and utilized? 10. Do you use black or other backing sheets placed between the prints in the transparent sleeves? 11. Is it considered a good idea or a bad one to simulate the photos as matted and/or framed? 12. When displaying magazine cover graphics, do you show the proposed layout given to the magazine or do you scan the actual magazine cover for display? The latter method rarely has the quality of the original submitted artwork. 13. Would it be considered a good idea to make up a hand-out page with 6-8 small images on it displaying capability and relevant contact information? These would probably be mass printed sheets rather than individual Epson prints. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.