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31  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Too Quiet on the Western Front on: August 03, 2020, 06:09:11 PM
Fred -

Funny that in responding to me you should mention hot spots.  As you know they are - for me - La spécialité de la maison.  Ok - not so much on forehead, but the tip of the nose, flower petals, bright colorful leaves, dinner jackets, and butterflies, to name just a few guest appearances.  And, yes, the latest version of vanish is great for removing them with grat ease.  Only problem now is that people see these prints and they don't believe that their mine.
32  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Too Quiet on the Western Front on: August 02, 2020, 09:45:02 PM
Nice Fred - I couldn't even see the darn thing - too many city lights one night - then thunderstorms - but I want to take this opportunity to talk about my "dirty little Qimage secret."

Well as long as we are looking for something to talk about let me try to start something – maybe not quite the firecracker in the fishpond, but I would like to mention a feature of Qimage that is central to what I do, and yet I think I have seldom – if ever – seen it mentioned in this forum.

Unlike Terry, who has everything profiled and calibrated, and strives to get it right the first time (his words I think) – I never get it right the first time – and I no longer try – at least not since my first monitor and printer both went kerflooey at the same time. I always make at least one test print.  OK I’m an amateur, and all of this is just fun for me, so I don’t worry if I waste some ink or paper. And while in many ways, I’m not that good a photographer, I am proud of many prints that line the walls of my house, and friends and relatives as well, and also some custom photo books that I have created.

So – what’s my substitute for the calibrated monitor (I do use paper profiles) ?  Here is my dirty little secret.  When you move the cursor around in the image editor, you get a nice readout in the lower right, of the RGB value.  Over the 15 or so years that I have been using Qimage, I have developed a sense of what I expect those values to be for certain subjects – especially flesh tones – based on analyzing the values from earlier prints that I found to be really satisfactory.  For example, for average Caucasian flesh tone, for portraits – I have found that 240, 200, 180 is a wonderful value for the center of the forehead. (this may be a carryover from something similar I used to do in the darkroom).
 
Now – before I make my “test” print, I will first use the eyedropper on a white or known neutral color, then I will move the cursor to the spots where I have sense of what I want those RGB values to be and adjust what I need to. I know how unorthodox – even perhaps revolting – this approach may be for some of you – but it really works for me. More than 90% of the time – my test print is close enough that only a little tweaking is necessary after that.
33  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Epson stylus pro 7800 output resolution for printers limits to Max-360 PPI on: May 12, 2020, 11:48:28 PM
You are conflating PPI and DPI.  PPI is the resolution of the image in pixels.  DPI is how many dots of ink the printer can lay down. It takes many dots of different color ink to make one image pixel.  There's a lot of info on this in this forum as well as elsewhere on line written by people smarter than I am.
34  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Schedule imaging printing to substitute for unclog/purge sheets? on: May 07, 2020, 02:14:44 PM
FWIW - I reuse my purge sheets - or sometimes I use the back of "other stuff" as my purge sheets.  So I print out Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, memos and documents from the office, then use the backs of all of the above as purge sheets.  If I have to use plain paper as purge sheets, I use both front and back, and sometimes print over once it's really dry.
35  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Lines in output in the sky. Settings Maybe? on: May 01, 2020, 04:14:56 PM
Just curious - is this image from film? I'm asking because those lines remind me of something I once did to a roll of 220 film as I loaded it into a film tank using a ratchet loader that I really didn't know how to use properly and put nice straight scratches into the emulsion - either as i loaded it, or more likely when I took it out and it was wet. Just wondering.
36  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Borderless printing on: April 28, 2020, 07:29:04 PM
Right - same here borderless and overspray are off.
37  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Borderless printing on: April 28, 2020, 01:29:12 PM
I quit using the borderless feature years ago.  Once you get ink into places in your printer where it doesn't belong, it's almost impossible to get it out and to keep it from showing up where you don't want it. Borderless prints - I bought a really precise trimmer.  Just print on a larger size paper and trim to size.  Use cut marks if you need to (I no longer do)  I found that with only a little bit of practice, even a klutz like me can do this.
38  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Print info on: April 20, 2020, 11:28:06 PM
Are you sure this isn't something simple like your image info font color closely matching your border color?  I ask this only because I specialize in making "Charlie Brown, you blockhead" mistakes of this sort - and have definitely done this one.
39  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: v2020.115 issues/comments on: March 04, 2020, 09:40:25 PM
One easy check is to re-install your previous QU version and see if you have the same issue.
40  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Unclog Job Problem on: February 19, 2020, 07:59:22 PM
I have always used Epson - currently the P3000 which also has the MK/PK dual cartridges but single nozzle.  I split almost 50-50 between matte and luster/glossy and run the nozzle checks manually about 3-4 times a week.  I have not had this problem. Once I get on my QU machine, I'll check the settings.
41  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Kirkland Glossy photo paper-Settings??? on: February 13, 2020, 05:38:18 PM
Sorry - I haven't used that paper.  Best advice - which you probably know - is to experiment.  When I have used unknown glossy paper, (OK it wasn't recently)  I started with the settings and profiles of the glossy papers I did use.  These turned out to actually work fairly well, and in fact only required me to lower the contrast a bit.  Which I could give you something better than "take two aspirin and call me in the morning."
42  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Print Consistancy on: January 28, 2020, 10:17:13 PM
Can you provide a little more detail?  In what way are the prints inconsistent?  What is your printer, what are the settings both in QImage and the printer driver?  Are you using paper profiles? 
43  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Adding a page to the middle of a session on: January 25, 2020, 11:48:28 PM
Much better than the Rube Goldberg thing I was going to suggest!!
44  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Adding a page to the middle of a session on: January 25, 2020, 09:19:44 PM
There are a couple of ways to accomplish this that will work - but first - how many pages are in your session and how many images per page (roughly)?
45  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: layout for double sided printing on Hahnemuhle Photorag duo content paper on: January 19, 2020, 02:36:58 PM
I know what you mean.  I have used that paper and other similar album pages but now I am confused by it being 11x17 as the album pages I have used were either 8x9, for and 8x8 album page, or 12x13 for a 12x12 album page. What size will your page be, disregarding the one inch area for the posts?
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