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301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers (Digital Process and Print) Paperback – October 9, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1598632040 ISBN-10: 1598632043 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Digital Process and Print
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598632043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598632040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Chapter 1: Getting Started Chapter 2: File Preparation: An Overview Chapter 3: Choosing an Inkjet Printer Chapter 4: Color Management Chapter 5: Black and White Chapter 6: Inkjet Paper, Canvas, and Coating Chapter 7: Portfolio and Presentation Chapter 8: Specific Printer Tips and More Chapter 9: Inkjet Paper Tips Chapter 10: Art Reproduction, Canvas, and finishing Chapter 11: Portfolio and Marketing Tips Chapter 12: RIPs, B&W, and Color Management Chapter 13: Exhibitions, Editioning, and Image Tracking Chapter 14: Packing, Lightning, and Framing Chapter 15: Unique Art Applications Chapter 16: Additional Tips and Print Permanence Index

About the Author

Andrew Darlow is a photographer, educator, and digital imaging consultant. For over 15 years, he has consulted on the topics of digital photography, digital output, and color management. He has written and edited numerous articles and reviews on the topics of digital and fine art photography, inkjet printing, and Photoshop techniques, and his work has been included in many photography publications, web sites, and books. He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops around the world at conferences and for photography organizations and schools, including the Arles Photo Festival, Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. His work has been widely exhibited and his inkjet prints are held in numerous private collections. For more information, visit

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Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops around the world at photo-related conferences, and for photography organizations, including the Advertising Photographers of America (APA), The Center for Fine Art Photography, the Arles Photo Festival and the International Center of Photography (ICP). His editorial and fine-art work have been featured in numerous magazines, including Photo District News, PDN Gear Guide, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, Rangefinder and Woman's World. His work has been widely exhibited and his prints are held in many private collections.

Darlow is editor of The Imaging Buffet (, an online resource with news, reviews, and interviews covering the subjects of photography, printing, and new media. His book, "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers" (Course Technology, PTR) was chosen as the winner in the "Photography: Instructional/How-To" category of The National Best Books Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. For more information, visit the book's companion site at

Darlow's love of cats and dogs began at a very young age, and his photographs of canines and felines have played an important role in his career. His pet photography has been featured in many publications, including Animal Fair magazine, The Home News Tribune (New Jersey), and The AKC Gazette, the official publication of the American Kennel Club. In his newest book, "Biscuit for Your Thoughts," his dog portraits are paired with canine-inspired photographs from more than 15 years as a professional photographer.

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A wonderful reference book like this one would benefit from that.
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His book is a great resource for any photographer who wants to learn more about digital output.
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The books is well organized, laid out with text and technically annotated photographs.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joachim Oppenheimer on January 24, 2008
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Andrew Darlow's "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques" has expanded my horizons. After a lifetime of traditional photography, trained by Ansel Adams and Morley Baer since my first exhibition prize in 1939, having publihed and exhibited I approached digital photography with apprehension. In the final anlysis all learning is self-taught and this particular guide with almost two dozen authorities as teachers, has helped me become more fluent in the digital printing language. Much as I have had a passion for darkroom silver and platinum printing, I am discovering far greater creative potential with the help of Andrew Darlow's well organzed guide and the assistance of such competent teachers as he has assembled. I am glad I discovered this book. It has been a bridge to a new and better world. Thanks to Darlow, my next exhibition wil be all digital prints. I have learned so much, not only to make my work flow easier, but superior.It is not easy to discard five decades of experience, but this book has made it easy and wothwhile to supplant that experience with superior creativity. Joachim Oppenheimer, M.D.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gene McCullagh on November 22, 2007
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Don't let the title of this book fool you! There is so much more here than just Inkjet Tips! So much, in fact, that Andrew Darlow should consider a new title when the inevitable second edition comes out!

I came across this book after hearing an interview with Andrew on Scott Shepard 's Inside Digital Photo podcast. When he started to explain what was in the book I really took notice and ordered it immediately. I originally expected the usual collection of tips and tricks to make your inkjet prints better but Andrew's interview had me expecting more.

In the first part of the book Andrew covers everything you need to consider to make top quality, gallery grade, professional prints. And I mean EVERYTHING. How to prepare your files, how to choose a printer, black & white conversion, and on and on. Along with all of this extensive and in depth information, Andrew provides help with putting together a portfolio, business cards, matting, you name it. The first part of this book alone is worth the admission. Andrew's style is easy to read and his information is easy to work into you personal workflow.

The remaining chapters are a treasure chest of guest artists' tips and ideas. Phil Bard, Edward Fausty, C. David Toble, Derek Cooper, Amadou Diallo, and Dorothy Simpson Krause are some of the guests you can learn from. Each artist brings their own experience and style to the art of printmaking and presentation. This section was a real treat.

Andrew Darlow has far exceeded the expectation of his book's title. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will keep it as a valued reference as I hone my printmaking skills. Don't miss this one!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Weinrebe on November 15, 2007
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301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques is the rare book that thoroughly covers a vital photographic subject in a truly useful way. Written by photographer, educator, and printing guru Andrew Darlow, this book is an essential guide for all photographers who are printing their own work, as well as those photographers that want to be educated in the process so they can better discuss and evaluate the process of printing their work with fine-art printing professionals. Covering the subject of inkjet printing from the ground up, Darlow explains all the best options available in printers (with hardware photos and pros/cons of each printer), papers, software, and quality control. 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques is beautifully illustrated with original photography, hardware photos, and screen shots, reinforcing the text with clearly understood images.

The first half of the book lays out all the steps and decisions a photographer needs to make before, and after, purchasing an ink jet printer. Issues such as color management, and uses for prints such as portfolio and presentations, are also discussed. The second half of the book is written by a series of guest contributors, well regarded experts, artists, and luminaries in the field, including R. Mac Holbert of Nash Editions, and photographic artist Joel Meyerowitz. This portion of the book covers several printing topics in-depth, including specific paper tips, how to print promotional pieces, framing and mounting, and planning for exhibitions. As a photographer who, like most, have traded a darkroom for a desktop, I'm happy to have this book as an important addition to my reference shelf. And as a Photoshop instructor I now have a great book to recommend to all my students who want to know what kind of printer to get, and how to master the art of inkjet printing.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Theuerkorn on October 29, 2007
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I bought this book blindly (pre-order) and was disappointed once I got to read it. Generally there nothing to be said against the approach of listing the dispensed wisdom in form of 301 tips. However, a large part of the book is taken up with photos (>50%?) and generalized advice. There is very little solid information in the form of data or actual numbers. In contrast, there is a lot of information that's either common sense or very broad. Even when discussing specific printers listed in the book, the valuable information is limited to very small portion. Taking the dpi/ppi tip which sports a copier quality table with a reference what page size and ppi translates into file size. What's missing is any clear indication which resolution is used where and why. (I.e. Epson's white paper states that 300 ppi is the recommended resolution when sending it to a 5760x1440 dpi printer, but that's not in the book along with a lot of other examples where the info stops short of being useful.)

Further, the organization and cryptic hints like "(L4.20)" don't make it easy to read. The (Lx.xx), by the way refers to the website where the cryptic number is translated into an actual link (not all are available yet). While that may be a security feature and easier to keep updated, it also means you need internet access to read this book (in some places). The author also relies heavily on Photoshop for even the simplest tasks (i.e. resizing) and it sometimes appears to suit no other purpose that showing: "Look I have Photoshop".

Generally, I think this book serves a purpose, but it's less useful for advanced users that are looking for background information on technology and related limitations in resolution and reproducible color.
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