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blackrose805

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Not sure if the printer is okay for the class
« on: July 13, 2016, 05:44:33 pm »
Color Management and Printing class requires a inkjet photo printer..

Is a HP Envy 9500 okay?

http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-envy-4500-e-all-in-one-printer


Traeton Garl

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Re: Not sure if the printer is okay for the class
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2016, 08:55:46 pm »
Hello blackrose805,

Unfortunately the printer you indicated here would not.  The requirements indicated the the Photography Department Database (http://fms12-010-dca.oditech.com/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=PH_Equipment&-loadframes) require that the printer must have 6 or more colors (inks) and this one only has four.  Also the requirements also indicate the printer must have a strait-through paper path to accommodate thicker papers such as fine art papers and this one does not appear to have this capability.  This appears to be a multifunction office type of printer.  Although these printers can print some good looking photographic prints, the more limited ink sets pale in comparison to the more advanced printers with more inks and can produce professional results.  Also take a good look at the cost of ink cartridges and how many milliliters are actually in each cartridge.  Many students learn the saving some money in the initial cost can ultimately lead to a great deal in expense in ink cost to produce prints over time.  Many of the more advanced photographic printers generally also include much larger print cartridges with much more ink that reduces the printing costs significantly over time.
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