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Hi Frank, In regards to switching back and forth between G2 inks and dye based inks ,you asked: >How much of a transition is there? I've heard everything from 5 sheets >per color or more! Do you run a series of color blocks or anything? There just can't be much of a transition here! I suspect the 5 sheet thing is referring to the amount of ink in a cartridge after the empty light has come on and not to how much ink is left in the system (we're talking about a 1200 here). I'm refilling cartridges and, basically, here's what I do: I refill near the end of the day (sometimes this means that I pull out the existing cartridge before I really need to, but this works well for me). When I've finished refilling, I let the new cartridge "sit and drip". As soon as the dripping stops, I remove the old cartridge from the printer and insert the new one. I run 1 cleaning cycle and then print a colour patch that I made in PhotoShop. I then do a second cleaning and run a second colour patch. I don't bother doing nozzle checks at this stage. The main reason I do cleaning cycles and patch prints right away is to make sure I don't end up with an overfilled cartridge dripping ink into the printer over night. Now I leave it sit until the next morning. Leaving the new cartridge sit in the printer seems to allow the ink to settle into both the sponge and the pre-chamber. In the morning I run a cleaning cycle and then do a nozzle check for the first time. If it's still not printing on all nozzles, I'll do one more cleaning and another nozzle check. It's rare that I have to do a third but past this point, I would print a patch before running another cleaning cycle. I've NEVER had any "air" clogs or ruined prints part way through a cartridge. I suspect that this procedure takes care of any transition. >What paper do you suggest? (I DO want to make stunningly >beautiful photographic prints too!) I really like Royal Plush (Royal Plush, Luminos Classic Velour and Lyson Standard Fine Art Paper are all the same paper manufactured by a mill in Germany called Hahnemuhle.) This is a combination that, I think, really works on a 1200. And again, I'll join Jerry in singing the praises or G2's "beta black". I DO NOT use pigmented inks on glossy paper - it just doesn't work for me. >So you're using the Generations dye inkset for photos on glossy? Are the >results as good as the OEMs? I'll be profiling with MatchLock soon I >hope! NO - some prints on glossy have been borderline OK, most have not. With regards to colour management, I barely understand the concept - never mind being able to use it! Bill web: www.thepitchergallery.com e-mail: email@example.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Frank Wiewandt <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: February 23, 2000 6:03 PM Subject: Re: Non-Archival Bulk inks > Bill, > > Your post makes entirely *too* much sense to me! ;-) > > > I'm also using a 1200 and because there is virtually no ink in the > system, > > and because Generations ink is "compatible" with OEM ink, I regularly > switch > > back and forth between pigmented and dye based inks. I save up my > > non-archival printing until I have enough, put in the dye-based ink, > and go > > at it. If there is still ink at the end of the run, I use it up on > greeting > > cards, or on a sheet of business cards, etc. > > How much of a transition is there? I've heard everything from 5 sheets > per color or more! Do you run a series of color blocks or anything? > > > The main problem with photographs and pigmented ink is with printing > on > > glossy papers, but you CAN make stunningly beautiful photographic > prints on > > the right paper. > > What paper do you suggest? (I DO want to make stunningly beautiful > photographic prints too!) > > > So in the meantime, I'm more or less in the same boat as you. I'm > using > > bulk dye based inks (but only when pigmented inks won't do) while > waiting > > for a better solution. > > So you're using the Generations dye inkset for photos on glossy? Are the > results as good as the OEMs? I'll be profiling with MatchLock soon I > hope! > > Thanks, > > Frank Wiewandt > > > - > Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use > accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions. > - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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