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Big panorama prints from an inkjet...

BJNicholls

Salt Lake City, US
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Thu 18-Oct-01 01:37 AM

I wanted to pass along my experience with Epson Premium Glossy roll paper for making big panoramic prints.

The paper is 13 inches wide and over 30 feet long. I don't have a roll paper holder for my Epson 1270 so I cut a piece long enough to make a print nearly 36 inches long. You can define the size of the sheet as a custom size up to 44 inches long.

At this size, my image from an Xpan image was still over 300 pixels per inch as scanned via my FS4000U film scanner, and the resulting print is very sharp and detailed. The Epson print looks significantly better than the Lightjet print on Fuji Crystal Archive I made from the same image file. The Epson has better shadow detail and renders subtle colors better. It's possible that a custom profile for the Lightjet would improve the results, but I won't resort to Lightjet now unless I need a larger print than 12.8" x 44".

The significant drawback compared to the Fuji print is the shorter lifespan of the Epson print and potential for rapid fading if it's not protected from airflow. Pigment based printers are evolving fast, so that issue will be history relatively soon.

BJ


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