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We are using a process now to create 8.5" x 11" film positives that is pretty basic and very limited. We want to create t-shirt graphics that go well beyond standard transparencies.

Essentially, I'm creating an image and saving it as a JPG on a thumb drive. Then, I take the thumb drive to Fedex Office (formerly Kinko's) and having them print it onto transparencies.

I'd like to be able to create film positives that are larger and wider than standard letter (8.5" x 11") and/or legal (11" x 17") that can be printed and copied using common equipment. We have all these 20" x 24" screens that have much more real estate available than we are currently utilizing!

Any solutions that you have to make large film positives without yet another investment in specialized equipment would be appreciated !! Thank you.
 

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The Epson Workforce 1100 is about $200. If you intend to do quality printing, 13x19 inkjet film runs about a buck a sheet. Don't know how much you pay FEDEX, but probably enough to justify the move up to quality. God Bless.
 

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Epson 1400 runs about 150 -200 and the investment in convenience of having it at your shop as opposed to going to kinkos will be worth it. Otherwise they have to be able to print wide format there at kinkos. If they do then try saving files a pdf's in illustrator, and going from there.
 

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I have researched both the Workforce 1100 and Epson 1400 and both are great printers/machines. I have an Epson 1400 with refillable cartridges(to cut ink costs down by 90%) and I am very pleased.

The workforce will printer much faster than the 1400, but it uses Pigment Ink which isn't as good for outputting films as the Dye Based Claria Inks in the 1400. Both Printers have Dye based and pigment based Refillable cartridge/CIS systems available so you could switch the workforce out to dye based system.

I would go with the workforce as it prints faster, quieter, and has 2 black cartridges(better if you don't have a rip). I like my epson 1400 because I use it for 13x19 Photo Prints as well and Enjoy the quality/detail I get from it.
 

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Thanks all for the input. Where do your source your wide format transparencies? What brands/sizes do you recommend?
 

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Thanks all for the input. Where do your source your wide format transparencies? What brands/sizes do you recommend?
I print my own transparencies with my 1400. So far I've used either Ryonet Waterproof R-film or Victory Factory Waterproof Inkjet Films. The R-film is more expensive, but much thicker. It seems like it will hold more ink and create a darker film in one shot. I like the victory factory so far as it still gets the job done, but I'm thinking if I had any RIP software and a stronger exposure unit that the R-film would make a huge difference.

There are tons of places that carry wide format film. Just make sure it's for Inkjets and also that it's Waterproof. You don't want overhead projector transparencies.

13x19" Waterpoof F ilm 100Pk, R-FILM WaterProof Positive Film
Film and Supplies | Screen Printing | Victory Factory

OH BTW.. These are links for 13x19 size films. Both companies carry other sizes larger and smaller. YOu can't print larger than 13" wide with the epson 1400 or Workforce 1100 though.
 

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What is RIP and Ghostscript? Is it a font type? If so, is it used as an alternative to TrueType? Is there an application I have to download/buy to use it?:confused:
 

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Ghostscript is a RIP (raster image processor) which enables you to print halftones from any inkjet printer. It is free. It is of two parts, Ghostscript, the RIP; and Ghostview, the interface which opens your PRN or PDF files and prints them. There are several sites for downloading GS, just do a google.
 

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I just bought an Epson 1100 and stared using it but it trans seem a little light to me. I am printing from vectored image in Photoshop and have all the pest printing setting selected. Is there any way to darken them to make truly opaque film positives? Would adding a RIP such as Ghostscript help the opacity of my prints? And would anyone happen to have a link to download GS
 

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Ghostscript, Ghostview and GSview
There are several versions. I had to go to the second one for my old XP. There are also versions for mac. Ghostscript will not necessarily help the ink laydown. Are you using waterproof film? The 1100 uses pigment ink which works best with waterproof film.
 

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I have tested it on a few, but yes it seemed to work the best with the waterproof film. However, it still seemed as though light was passing through, albeit a dark brown or red hue when it did.
 

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Good solid black image on film is the ultimate objective, but if the image blocks the UV rays from the exposure unit, that is all that is necessary. If the image is sharp on the screen and easy to wash out, that is what you are after.
 

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At the risk of sound like a complete newb, how would one go about setting their printer to the c100m100y100k100 and black100, and would this take modifications to a pdf or psd file? As I am um unfamiliar with this process, what exactly does it do differently?
 

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We are using a process now to create 8.5" x 11" film positives that is pretty basic and very limited. We want to create t-shirt graphics that go well beyond standard transparencies.

Essentially, I'm creating an image and saving it as a JPG on a thumb drive. Then, I take the thumb drive to Fedex Office (formerly Kinko's) and having them print it onto transparencies.

I'd like to be able to create film positives that are larger and wider than standard letter (8.5" x 11") and/or legal (11" x 17") that can be printed and copied using common equipment. We have all these 20" x 24" screens that have much more real estate available than we are currently utilizing!

Any solutions that you have to make large film positives without yet another investment in specialized equipment would be appreciated !! Thank you.

I would look on craigslist for an epson 3000 or 1540 if you live near a populous city. I found an epson 3000 for 250 bucks and it works awesomely! And just a minor correction, 11 x 14 is legal and 14 x 17 is Tabloid. Good luck!
 

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Your best bet is an Epson 1400, we have found that legal (8.5" x 14") and 13" x 19" films cover all our bases, those are the only two film sizes we use.
 
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