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Author Topic: Qimage vs. printing in Lightroom 3  (Read 8915 times)
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« on: June 13, 2010, 09:14:57 PM »

Hi

Just tried my new Lightroom 3 (final) installation and compared printing with Qimage.

The first round of testing still shows that Qimage easily beats Lightroom with respect to sharpness and detail. It seems that the quality of Lightroom print engine did not improve over version 2.

It is remarkable, that such a "small" endeavor like Qimage can keep its superiority over the big players. Thanks Mike!

Kind regards

Thomas
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010, 10:54:21 AM »

Someone on the DPreview forum mentioned a nice trick to bring images for printing from Lightroom to Qimage. Set the external photo editor choice in Lightroom's preferences on Qimage and the Qimage print page loads the image immediately from Lightroom. The color space to be assigned to the image can be selected there too. After that you can still chance the Qimage and driver settings with the file in the queue selected. More copies of the image or other images can be be loaded on the same print page that way.

I wonder if that could also be done on a Mac running Lightroom and "running" Qimage, must be a more complicated path.


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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2010, 06:10:36 PM »

Hi

Just tried my new Lightroom 3 (final) installation and compared printing with Qimage.

The first round of testing still shows that Qimage easily beats Lightroom with respect to sharpness and detail. It seems that the quality of Lightroom print engine did not improve over version 2.

It is remarkable, that such a "small" endeavor like Qimage can keep its superiority over the big players. Thanks Mike!

Kind regards
Thomas

Yes this is also my experience. I use LR as my main raw processing software and even now with V 3.0 I cannot match the print quality I get with Qimage.

Even with an 8x10 inch print you can notice the difference.
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2010, 05:43:47 PM »

I setup a LR3 preset to do that but unfortunately it creates a TIFF in the LR library rather than a temporary TIFF file to pass to Qimage. That means there's another file to delete in LR once the printing is over.

I'd much rather it created a temp TIFF file.

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 07:20:16 AM »

I setup a LR3 preset to do that but unfortunately it creates a TIFF in the LR library rather than a temporary TIFF file to pass to Qimage. That means there's another file to delete in LR once the printing is over.

I'd much rather it created a temp TIFF file.

jtm

I wasn't aware of that. Just made a trial with LR3 beta to check the trick and what the limitations are. No LR3 here.


met vriendelijke groeten, Ernst Dinkla

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2010, 09:03:46 PM »

I setup a LR3 preset to do that but unfortunately it creates a TIFF in the LR library rather than a temporary TIFF file to pass to Qimage. That means there's another file to delete in LR once the printing is over.

I'd much rather it created a temp TIFF file.

jtm

In order to avoid the large TIFF file, I created an export preset with JPEG (100%) as the output format and Qimage to open once the export has been finished. Works similar to setting Qimage as an external editor.

I could improve the printing quality from Lightroom by setting the resolution to 360 ppi (recommended for Epson printers). I had forgot that and was printing initially with 240 ppi. With that setting the prints from Qimage are still better (especially watermarks) but the results are much closer.

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Thomas

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