What is Giclée Printing?

Do you work in graphic design? Ever heard of the term Giclée Printing? Chances are you have, without paying too much attention to its meaning. Read on to learn what it’s all about…

Giclée printing is a way of creating high quality prints. It comes from the French word ‘la giclée’ which means something which is squirted or sprayed. It is a type of inkjet printing, intending to produce work with a longer lifespan and a higher quality than a standard desktop inkjet printout. It is used for reproducing original artwork, maps, historical documents, and photographs. For a piece of work to be considered a giclée print, some basic requirements must be met: giclee printing

1. High Quality Paper Must be Used You will need special professional series paper of archival quality. This paper is acid free and made from a 100% cotton or rag base. It is obviously more expensive than regular printing paper, so make sure to do adequate research on any paper you’re considering buying to make sure it will do the job you’re intending in the best possible way. Common types of print substrates include canvas, watercolor, matte, metallic, and photo paper.

2. High Quality Ink and Printer Must be Used This is a special light-fast ink which should be kept out of the sun. Printouts from this ink will usually last up to 200 years with minimal fading. They are used in special large format printers intended for this purpose. These printers usually hold various ink colors. The more colors the better the quality of the printout.

3. There Must be a High Document Resolution Your giclée printout will have the highest apparent resolution that is available today. It has to be a minimum of 300 dpi and could be as high as 1800 dpi, creating an extremely smooth, consistent image. It will need to be able to capture every tiny nuance of an original piece of work, with exact precision.

When produced in the right way, and with correct care, a giclée production should be able to stick around for at least up to 100 years. But take care never to rub your work and not to use water or any kind of cleaning chemical on any side of the paper so that it will last that long!

You can also visit our blog post Spotlight on Canon imagePROGRAF Printers to learn more about large format printing.

How Does The Canon Printing Process Work?

You press print and happily collect your document. But have you ever stopped to think what’s going on inside your printer?

Take a look at this step by step guide explaining the six stages of the Canon printing process.

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1. Electrical Charging: When the user presses the print button the photosensitive drum prepares itself by producing static electricity.

2. Exposure: Now that the drum is fully charged with static electricity, laser beams are able to scan the surface of the drum. The laser beams engrave the image or text that you have sent to print on the surface of the drum.

When using a copier this process is done using light, the light scans the page required for printing and converts it into an image.

However, when printing from your PC, the PC itself converts the digital file into image data, which then continues to stage 3.

3. Developing: The toner now attaches itself to the drum. The drum rotates allowing the toner to drip droplets of ink into the engraved areas of the drum surface. The image that was engraved on the drum surface has now been filled with ink.

4. Transfer: Static electricity picks up the paper from the paper feeder and affixes it to the drum. The ink is then transferred from the drum onto the paper.

5. Fixing: Heat and pressure rollers are applied to firmly attach the ink to the paper. Your document is now complete and will be released onto the paper tray.

6. Cleaning: Now all that is left is to remove any remaining ink residue from the drum. The drum continues rotating as a blade passes over it to remove any ink residue. The drum is now clean and ready to be used again.

With all these steps involved, looking after your printer is of paramount importance. So make sure to take a look at our Easy Peasy Maintenance Tips.

(Source: Canon.co.uk)

Which HP LaserJet Printer Topped the List in 2014??

HP LaserJet Printers are one of those things that people swear by. Many of our customers are looking to replace their old HP LaserJet Printer after it has died. But they won’t even hear about getting a new model. They want their same old trusted workhorse. And that’s what they are able to get from the Refurbished range at CopyFaxes.

But if you’re new to the printer scene, or haven’t yet settled on a favorite, or even one that you like at all, you may want to check out what printers everyone else is falling in love with.

So we give you the HP LaserJet Best Sellers of 2014.

Best Selling HPs 2014

Do you use one of these printers? Please share your experience with us and all the people looking to buy. Do you have a different favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

The Zuta Pocket Printer

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If everything else in the office world has gone mobile, allowing you to leave the office while still staying fully connected by doing work on the go, why shouldn’t it be topped off with a printing solution on the go too? This solution has finally arrived…with the invention of the Zuta Pocket Printer.

The idea of this printer is to bring an end to people working outside their home or office struggling to find a place to print. This mobile printer is fun and easy to use, can be taken anywhere and prints from any device onto any sized page. It has a rechargeable battery with an on/off switch and connects directly to smartphones and PCs.

It is not intended to take over the role of regular printers, but just to supplement them with a device that can very easily be taken along with you wherever you go. It’s therefore not intended for printing large amounts of work, just minimal amounts that are needed whilst in transit.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A regular printer is made up of a print-head that runs left and right on a moving piece of paper. This printer has gotten rid of the entire device, and just placed the print-head onto a set of small wheels, with which it runs across a piece of paper. This allows the printer to be as small as possible.

The USB connection for battery charging is located on the bottom of the device. The inkjet for this printer lasts for over 1,000 printed pages and the battery lasts for over one hour per full-charge.

The final version of the printer is intended to be tear-dropped shape, measuring less than 4 inches high, 4.5 inches in diameter and weigh a little more than half a pound. It should be able to produce an A4 page of gray scale text or images in 45 seconds.  A later version of the Zuta Pocket Printer will hopefully have Wi-Fi capability, color printing and the ability to print on more materials than just paper. Pricing for the printer should be approximately $250.

So keep on the lookout – this printer should be available for purchase real soon…

Spotlight on Canon imagePROGRAF Printers

Canon imagePROGRAF is a series of machines to choose from when printing professional, large format posters and projects. You are able to create vibrant, bold and eye catching results with up to 12 pigments of color using Canon’s LUCIA EX ink.  The image PROGRAFs include user friendly features such as a large LCD panel.  When using these large format printers you are guaranteed high speed results that will stand out every time.

canon ipf6450,4The Canon image PROGRAF series includes MFPs which are an effective way of scanning and sharing maps, drawings and posters all from one device, providing extra convenience and efficiency in your workplace.

Customers around the world are raving in their reviews about the quality of these Canon machines even after heavy constant use over many years.  Despite the high expense and expansive size, the Canon imagePROGRAF printers continue to be the choice machine on the market for consumers in need of large format printing.

Here are some of its advantages as expressed by reviewers:

  • Excellent media handling
  • Durable, reliable and long lasting
  • Cost effective cartridges
  • Only replace print head after 5000+ square feet of printing

Visit CopyFaxes and check out our new line, selling a wide range of the Canon imagePROGRAFs with a one year warranty included. Be surprised to see these high quality machines at unbeatable prices and selected machines with large rebate offers.

HP LaserJet Printers

The HP LaserJet Printers seem to be flying off the shelves back at the hp laser printer 2warehouse. An ever popular choice, these printers are purchased by a range of customers, from the work-at-home Mum to the office manager.

Let’s take a closer look at these laser printers and see what it is exactly that makes them so popular.

ADVANTAGES:

  • A LaserJet Printer uses a toner, as opposed to ink. This means that the toner doesn’t dry up. So even if you don’t use your printer for a large amount of time, you don’t have to worry about ink having dried up while the printer wasn’t in use.
  • A LaserJet Printer produces high-quality printouts. The printing is waterproof, which means that the ink will never smear even when it gets wet.
  • Printing on a LaserJet is also very cheap – the cost per page is as little as a tenth of what it is for inkjet printers. (Read more about this on Laser Printers Versus Inkjet Printers.) An average cost per page on a LaserJet is approximately 3 cents per page.
  • Laser Printers are also extremely reliable. They are capable of producing thousands of prints a month, and will usually last many years, even after daily use. One single toner cartridge will usually be able to print several thousand sheets.
  • It is usually very simple to repair issues that come up with your laser printer. Generally, all that needs to be done is to change parts available in a standard HP Maintenance Kit.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • In general, there are very few disadvantages to owning a laser printer. The main one is the cost of both the printer and its supplies. A great way to save on the price of your printer is by buying a refurbished one. (See Why Buy Refurbished) on more benefits to buying refurbished. Unfortunately, a new toner could cost almost as much as the printer did, which is why lots of people will just discard of the printer and purchase a new one when the cartridge expires in a year or two.
  • A laser printer can also make the room it is in rather hot because of the fuser inside it, which heats up to as high as 200 degrees Celsius. It also is often heavy and takes up a lot of room or desk space in an office. In a comfortable office environment though, none of these points should be cause for much concern.
  • An additional disadvantage is that many Laser Jets are limited by the amount of memory they are sold with. To expand the memory, a RAM board must usually be purchased.  This will enable the color laser printer to utilize a larger variety of fonts.
  • A laser printer should not be your choice if you intend to print a large amount of photographs. This is because photographic paper cannot be put through a laser printer, and a laser printer is not capable of producing very high-resolution images.

CONCLUSION:

After understanding the benefits of LaserJet Printers, it is clear why these are so often the chosen ones. All in all, a LaserJet Printer in the majority of circumstances would be your best bet. Whether new or refurbished, they are the cause of many, many happy customers.

Here’s a list of just a few of the many popular HP LaserJets:

HP 1200 LaserJet Printer RECONDITIONED

HP 1320 LaserJet Printer RECONDITIONED

HP 4250 LaserJet Printer

HP 5000 LaserJet Printer RECONDITIONED

HP P4515N LaserJet Printer

A Most Important Piece Of Advice For Dealing With Your Office Machines…

…Never let anything mechanical know you are in a hurry!!

Does every task you start to do with your office appliance seem to be failing? Are your copiers and printers wasting your time instead of saving you time? And do you suspect there must be something more to know? Well then, it must be time to read this blog post for some enlightenment and practical advice.

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Diagnosis of Problem:

There is a special circuit in every machine called a “mood detector” which senses the operator’s emotional state of how desperate he or she is to use the machine and how pressured the user is for time. The “mood detector” then creates a malfunction proportionate to the desperation of the operator. Threatening the machine with violence only aggravates the situation. Likewise, attempts to use another machine may cause it to also malfunction. They belong to the same union.

 

So, instructions to repair:

  • Switch the machine off
  • Take a ten minute break
  • Fix yourself a drink, preferably a strong coffee…sip it slowly!
  • Calmly return to your machine
  • Keep cool and say nice things to it
  • Restart the copier…
  • Try again!!

For best results follow the instructions carefully…. Nothing else seems to work!!

If all the above fails, call the mechanic.

 

The Worst Printer Advice You’ve Ever Heard

Though your printer may frustrate you at times, (usually the time you need it to work most), here are some tips that are simply untrue.

1. Print Preview is a waste of time – not quite. Print Preview will save you both paper and ink by showing you your document before it goes to the printer. You will spot anything you don’t like on the screen, instead of wasting paper by printing it, then making changes and having to re-print.

2. Paper jammed? Just force it back out the way it went in. Well only if you want to cause lasting damage to your printer. Frustrating as it may be, you will have to patiently remove the paper in the the correct way. First, switch off the power. Next, gently pull the paper out in the direction of the paper path.

3. You printer is a great storage dump. Find some place else to store all that junk. Piling up your printer with papers and other stuff will ruin your printer.

blog14. Printer not doing what you want it to? Grab a bat and let out all your frustration on that annoying printer. That may feel good at the time – but you will be much better off pulling out your printer manual and following instructions on how to best deal with your printer – without damaging it.

5. You can buy the cheapest paper – it makes no difference. If you care about how your printed documents look, you will need to invest in brighter, whiter paper. This will make your docs look more crisp and vibrant. Paper quality will make an even bigger difference when using an inkjet printer. It will determine how much ink gets absorbed into the paper and also if the ink stays put.

6. Don’t waste money on a maintenance kit. Spending small money on a maintenance kit to replace worn out parts on your printer, can potentially save you buying a whole new printer. Worn out rollers can be the main cause of paper jams. A simple replacement is all you need to get things running smoothly again.

Do you have any more pieces of advice that you wish would never have been shared? We would love to hear them. Share with us in the comments below.

Here’s to long life for your printer!

The History of HP LaserJet Home Printers

Do you ever think about the times before our advanced HP Printers? Would you be able to manage with the original HP Printer produced in 1984? And have you ever wondered how HP Printers developed over the years?

See our infograph for a history of HP Printers through the ages…

History of HP Printers

Thank goodness that the HP LaserJets have come a long way since when they were first developed. Imagine only being able to print 8 pages per minute, and paying $4000 for it!

What features do you think we can expect in the year 2050? Share with us in the comments below.

4 Signs That You Need To Invest In A New Printer

frustrated printerReady to pull your hair out because of an old printer? Whether it wouldn’t print that paper you worked on all through the night, or you didn’t have that vital printout you needed for your presentation, you know that you need to do something about that machine already. So, do you call in the service guy? Or is it time to buy yourself a new printer?

Here are some tell tale signs that its time to say goodbye to your old printer:

1. When there are smears and bleeds all over your printouts, and splats of ink cover your documents, its time for a newer model. Don’t ruin your hard work because of an old printer. Splats of ink do not make for a very professional-looking project.

2. All printers make some noise before and during the printing process. But if your machine is thumping away and it sounds like you have a drummer sitting on your desk, you may want to start doing some research for a new printer. Excessive movement is also not normal – your printer should stay sitting right where you put it.

3. Are you having a hard time finding the driver to install your printer? Can’t find the replacement toner or ink? When your printer model gets really old, retailers stop selling the consumables and they are difficult to get hold of. And when you do find what you are looking for, you will pay a lot to keep that old printer running. This is a sure sign that you need an upgrade, and your new printer will probably be cheaper to run

4. New model printers are packed with convenience features so that you can print easily from any device without even turning on your computer. If printing starts to feel like a hassle and you wish for easier ways to get things done, replace that old model with something new so that printing is as easy as it should be – 2014 style.

Don’t wait till your printer really goes before looking for something new. Make sure to start researching with enough time to make a decision and get it delivered before you are stuck with no printer at all.