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Thursday, April 01, 2004
  Digitally Printing a Portfolio

by Frank Born

I used a digital printing service in San Francisco to make a portfolio of forty images printed on 8 1/2" x 11" 100 lb. Luna matte cover stock. I chose 100 lb. stock so that when you held each image in your hand the page had some weight to it.
I had the option to bind them in a book form, but chose instead to keep them loose and keep them in a "Century Box" portfolio box, made to fit 8 1/2" x 11" sheets. I used a graphic artist to design the type at the bottom of each page, giving the pertinent information about each painting. Keeping the pages loose gives me the flexibility to add and
subtract and rearrange the images to fit different occasions.

The most important part is the scans. The images are printed from digital scans. The optimum quality would be obtained by taking 4" x 5" transparencies of each image and using a drum scanner for each. This is very expensive, though ($30 for each transparency and $40 for each scan).

Very good quality can be achieved using 35mm slides and scanning them with a 35mm slide scanner. A slide scanner give much better quality than a flatbed scanner. It costs $2.50 per scan. The scans should always take in all the information on the slide, with cropping done later in Photoshop. The scanning should not attempt to crop down to the exact painting edges. The reason is that the edges of each painting are not always at right angles and not always even (do both to the original art and to the angle of the camera when they were photographed.) So in Photoshop you can crop and fill to get the image to look as close to the original as possible. The digital printing itself costs about $2.00 per page.

Frank Born is a painter in San Francisco
 
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