Originally Posted by Scott Pruett
PSPrint: Color brochure printing, business cards, postcards, calendars,posters, flyers and more
re:48hourprint, I say they're average b/c they don't really offer anything, product-wise, that's overly impressive. It's just standard, run-of-the-mill stuff. It's good though, and fast.
They can and will match color, but you gotta understand there are some color shifts in CMYK & RGB printing processes, so if you demand perfection, be prepared to spend extra time with proofing... which will then push your job well over the 48hr mark that they're known for.
Perfection is possibly not quite the word.
I just don't want to have any greenish skin tones sneaking in.
(I just had the incident, that a client posted some of the photos I took on her website.
There was a greenish cast. I don't know how that happened. It possibly happened when she had someone build her website, and that person couldn't care less about color. Or that person worked on that client's monitor, which was not calibrated, and showed awful greenish tints)
If such a thing happened to my postcards, I'd get the bird flu out of sheer color shock!
As a portrait and headshot photographer, you can't have bad skin tones. I mean, what would a postcard with off skin tones say? "Want to look sick? Come to me..."
I just wonder if a hard proof would help.
But first I need to find an elitist printer, who really cares about the things he is doing.
It's like detective work. I asked my designer, and he said (he lives in Canada) he uses printer agents to find a good printer. Printer agents! I guess I'm not overstating the problem.
I just got another postcard from a photo gallery on whose mailing list I am.
The postcard is not bad, but shows a nude. Portraits and headshots are much more color sensitive than body shots.
But still, I will Philip Marlowe that gallery and ask them about their printer.
Finally: I came as far as this: to get good skin tone, I'm prepared to pay? If it costs extra, then it costs extra. You can't promote your business with cheesy postcards.
So far I discovered that I need a printer with a high work ethics, and also get a hard proof before printing.