Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Making a Museum Print

One the two prints: "Horses and Gathering Storm"

One the two prints: “Horses and Gathering Storm”

I made two prints this weekend: “Horses and Gathering Storm” and “Leif and Claire.” Two calibrated, museum-grade prints on my Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Prints that took me more than 14 hours of work between them, so much work that it really chafes when people suggest “digital has made producing photographic prints so much easier.” Maybe simple memory prints, but there is just as much work as before when making the top-quality products.

If you’d like a look into what just one part of the process entails, Field & Studio, where I have a tutorial for just the print feed calibration phase of the printing.

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New Tutorial: Fixing Banding in Museum-quality Prints on the Epson 3880 and P800

The Hopeful Final Print.

The Hopeful Final Print.

I’ve just completed a new tutorial on Field & Studio, my tutorial blog, for an easy way to remove slight banding in black and white prints when using the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 or the Epson SureColor P800. If you, too, are looking to find a solution to this vexing problem, this post may help.

I was spurred into finding my own solution to this after I struggled with the print shown here; it has low depth of field, which can pose a problem for inkjet printers. Let me know if you, too, have had the problem, and if my solution helped.

Fine Art Black-and-White Inkjet Printing on the Epson 3880

Advanced Black and White Printing on the Epson 3880

Advanced Black and White Printing on the Epson 3880

In my previous Field & Studio tutorial, I showed how to use ICC color profiles with the Epson 3880 in order to achieve stunning color prints. However, I don’t recommend following that process for black and white prints, especially since Epson has built some very powerful tools into the 3880 for precisely this purpose. Click the link to learn more about fine art black-and-white printing on the Epson 3880.

Accurate Color Printing on the Epson 3880

This tutorial uses my photo "Leif and Claire" as its example.

This tutorial uses my photo “Leif and Claire” as its example.

I’ve been printing on my new Epson Stylus Pro 3880 for about a month now, preparing the 40 pieces for my West Nebraska Arts Center show that opens on March 1. If there’s a way to crash-course making good prints, this is it. I’ve been very, very impressed with the results, as have clients who have seen the work. The challenge is getting those results if you’re a novice, and this tutorial is meant as a starting point for giclée newcomers.

You can read the full tutorial at my how-to blog, Field & Studio.