A beginner asking for help

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A beginner asking for help
Aug 23, 2013

I have minimal printing experience. Years ago I had a low grade Epson photoprinter. For the past couple of years I have been traveling and living in an RV. Now I have a basecamp and am going to order a printer. After mainly lurking on this forum, I have decided on a basic order: Epson 3880 with Tumi cover, Qimage software and Red River paper. I decided to start with RR paper because they are one of the few suppliers to offer 17x25 sheet paper and I may eventually want to print that size. For now I plan to order mainly 81/2 x11 and 13x19 sheets. I am considering a selection of Polar Pearl Metallic, San Gabriel baryta, Aurora Art and UltraPro Satin.

I am also looking at Portfolio cases and boxes and will be ordering a basic 32" Logan mat cutter.

BTW, I have intentionally decided to skip color management devices and software. Maybe I am just pigheaded but it seems that trying to achieve "true" colors or trying to make a monitor image match a printed image are just plain silly ideas. A little experience will tell if I am right or not.

I would appreciate any additional suggestions. Are there items I should be considering? Will some of my choices be disappointing? I am especially in limbo about paper. In the past I used mainly cheap paper and tried a few sheets of Moab fine art paper. Picking papers seems overwhelming.

Thanks, Jim

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