Thank you for having me as a presenter on Wed. 8/4 at the PPANJ meeting. It was great to see many familiar faces and I enjoyed meeting many new folks as well. Below is the information I promised to make available to you after the talk. I’m also happy to be able to share this information with members who were unable to attend the meeting. Please do not share the link to this page, unless it is for a partner or employee of your studio.

For an article about prepping files for photo labs (and a link to the 4×6 file I mentioned for testing your lab), visit this page;

Links to calibration images-see L2.2 here:
“Andrew Darlow’s Target” on that page is the small one that I used in the workshop, and the PhotoDisc image is another popular one.

For the article I wrote about what pen and pencils to consider for signing art (I showed these Sakura Pigma pens at the end of my talk), visit this page;

Information on how to install actions on Windows. (on Mac, you can find the actions folder here:-CS4 or CS5/Presets/Actions)

The Greg Gorman B&W action I mentioned and many more! (search for “Gorman” to find it at the link below:)

Another action I recommend-Mac Holbert’s Midtone Contrast Action

Below are some monitor recommendations:
• DellTM  UltraSharpTM  2407WFP 24-inch Flat Panel Monitor  – about $549.
• NEC MultiSync 2490WUXi2-BK 24″ Widescreen LCD Display – about $600
• NEC Display Solutions LCD2470WNX-BK- about $600-700
• For a budget option, this 24 inch Dell  monitor can be found at some big box stores for about $200 (Dell Model number: ST2410). This is a good choice for using in the studio or for bringing on location or to client homes/offices, especially when you can’t set up a projector.

The Inkjet Selector PDF for helping choose a printer:
Wilhelm Imaging Research:

A whole page of links to printers and printer manufacturers:

Companies who make unbuffered interleaving sheets to absorb moisture due to outgassing: Lineco unbuffered acid-free sheets; Archival Methods’ unbuffered tissue; and Light Impressions’ Renaissance Unbuffered Tissue

A spray I use and recommend, though it is solvent-based so be sure to use a respirator: PremierArt Print Shield

For articles and info on OBAs, see the links under L6.22 here:


Resources link for companies who provide custom profiles:https://tinyurl.com/2hnss

Links to color management products and great info-see this whole page:

An excellent review of the Spyder 3 Print SR product and software (if you have a monitor calibration tool, the Spyder 3 PrintSR is only about $310 more). https://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/profiling/spyder3print_sr.html#image_detail

The i1 System I showed during the workshop that profiles monitors and printers is called i1 Basic (about $800-1,000). You can then add the “Full RGB Test Chart Profiling Solution” for about $75 which I recommend. It allows for more targets with more patches. In general, I recommend the UV cut version.


Solux Lamps:

Solux Task Lamp: I recommend the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb to light your reference prints while looking at your calibrated and profiled screen, and the 50Watt/3500K/17 degree (more focused) or 36 degree bulbs (more wide) for simulating the look of lighting typically used in galleries.

This is the one I recommended for about $50: A good source for Solux lamps which I’ve found and spoken with on the phone (though I’ve never ordered from them) is this company:
put “Solux Clip-on” in the search box and you will see a number of options. Most affordable is this one: Black fixture with clamp and tripod mount adapter (the white version is discontinued): It is $49.50 and it is great for using for reading, working and photography (though it will get hot). Item #: 19150  It comes with a 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb. The task lamp on that page is also very nice (about $120) and comes with a table clamp as well as the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb.

Recommended Papers and Canvas:

Below is a sampling of papers and canvas that I recommend. Also available is an article that I wrote for Professional Photographer Magazine’s website that talks more about recently introduced papers: https://www.ppmag.com/web-exclusives/2009/11/roundup-new-mattewatercolor-in.html

Glossy RC Papers

Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy (www.epson.com)

Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss (www.ilford.com)

Red River 68# UltraPro Gloss 2.0 (www.redriverpaper.com)

Ilford Galerie Classic Gloss (www.ilford.com) (for Dye-based printers, but not for printers using Epson Claria inks)

Semi-Gloss RC Papers

Epson Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss (www.epson.com)

Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl (www.ilford.com)

Ilford Galerie Classic Pearl (www.ilford.com) (for Dye-based printers, but not for printers using Epson Claria inks)

HP Professional Satin Photo Paper (www.hp.com)

HP Advanced Satin Matt Photo Paper (www.hp.com)

Red River UltraPro Satin (www.redriverpaper.com)

Inkpress Pro Silky (www.inkpresspaper.com)

Oriental Graphica RC Luster – Good for Epson Stylus Photo 2200/4000 (less bronzing/fewer gloss differential issues) (www.orientalphotousa.com)

2-sided: Inkpress Photo Chrome Luster Duo or Hawk Mountain Sharpwing Duo (www.inkpresspaper.com)

Fiber Gloss Papers

Innova FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss 285gsm (www.innovaart.com)

Innova F Type Gloss 300gsm (www.innovaart.com)

Epson Exhibition Fiber (www.Epson.com)

Harman Gloss FB (www.Harman-inkjet.com)

Harman Gloss FB AI Warmtone (www.Harman-inkjet.com)

Fiber Matte and Semi-Gloss/Matte Papers

Harman Matte FB Mp (www.Harman-inkjet.com)

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl (www.hahnemuhle.com)

Innova FibaPrint Satin High White 300gsm (www.innovaart.com)

Crane Museo Silver Rag (www.crane.com)

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk (www.ilford.com)

Moab Colorado Fiber Satine 245 (www.moabpaper.com)

Inkpress Pro Baryta Warm Tone (www.inkpresspaper.com)

Pictorico Gekko Green (www.pictorico.com)

Coated Matte and Watercolor Papers

Crane Museo Max (www.museo.com)

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper (www.epson.com)

Hahnemühle Museum Etching (www.hahnemuhle.com)

Hawk Mountain Peregrine Velvet (https://www.hawkmtpaper.com)

Moab Entrada Rag (Bright and Natural 300) – (www.moabpaper.com)

Innova Soft Textured Double Sided Natural White 200gsm- (www.innovaart.com)

Inkpress Rag Warm Tone 300 C2S (www.inkpresspaper.com)

Inkpress Rag Cool Tone 300 C2S (www.inkpresspaper.com)

Red River Paper River Linen (240gsm) (www.redriverpaper.com)

Red River Paper LuxArt Satin Rag 270gsm (www.redriverpaper.com)

Innova Cold Press Rough Textured 315gsm (www.innovaart.com)

Scored Greeting Cards

Red River Paper River Linen Scored 7×10 (240gsm) (www.redriverpaper.com)

Red River Premium Matte C2S Scored 7×10 (240gsm) (www.redriverpaper.com)

Museo Art Cards (www.museofineart.com)


HP Artist Matte Canvas (www.hp.com)

Breathing Color Chromata White (www.breathingcolor.com)

Intelicoat Magiclee Torino 20G Glossy Stretch Canvas (www.magicinkjet.com)

Free Newsletter: I will be adding the people who asked to be added to my free newsletter list at the talk on Wed. I send the newsletter out about once a month. You’ll also receive a tip a week for 12 weeks from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, and an article to help determine file sizes for printing. To sign up, just send an e-mail here to sign up for my newsletter:inkjettips01@aweber.com . You will then be asked to confirm that you want to receive the newsletter. You can also enter your e-mail on this page instead.

Also, I mentioned a company in Dallas, TX named Frame Destination. They make GalleryPouch bags, which I helped develop and which I showed briefly at the meeting. You can see me do an overview of the GalleryPouch bags here (or below in the embedded video): https://www.GalleryPouch.com and the company recently added some bags for small electronics, including iPads. They are also great for lenses and tripods. Until 8/31 there is a 15% off coupon code for all GalleryPouch bags, which can be found in the top right corner of the product page at: https://www.GalleryPouch.com .

Below are a few of my social media links if you’d like to connect:

Photo Tips Fan Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewdarlow
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/andrewdarlow

To see my future events and workshops, visit this page:
https://www.inkjettips.com/workshops I have a full day “Printing w/ Lightroom 3” workshop on 8/29 or 8/30 in Berkeley Heights, NJ that is limited to just 7 attendees. I will also be doing a full day workshop on 11/13/2010 at Unique Photo on canvas printing. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the workshops I’m doing.

If you would like assistance with anything related to Photoshop, Lightroom, selecting equipment, image workflow, or how to get better prints faster and with better predictability, I am available for consulting via phone, e-mail or in-person. I also make custom profiles for any inkjet printer, as well as custom adjustment layers and Lightroom Presets for color lab printers (Fuji Frontier, etc.). Please contact me at 732-742-0123 for more info, or feel free to send a message through this contact form:


All the best!

Andrew Darlow
Editor, The Imaging Buffet

Author, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques:
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