Technical

How to Properly Handle and Store your Fine Art Media

Proper print handling and media storage is a critical and often overlooked component of the fine art printmaking workflow, as it will protect the integrity of the media to ensure that it remains at its maximum potential from start to finish.  Developing proper habits for storing and handling media in your production environment will result [...]

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New Canon iPF printers. Are they worth it?

0% financing! through December 15th, 2012 on Canon iPF8400 or iPF9400 printers! Canon recently announced a few new models of their imagePROGRAF series printers. Exciting new improvements and software solutions are coming our way. Let’s take a look at what’s new…

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Announcing the BC Forum. Come one, come all.

Come one, come all….the Breathing Color Forum is now open for discussion! The BC Forum was developed so that all of our customers, partners, and friends from all over the world have a single place to communicate both with us and with one another about everything related to printmaking.

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i1 Pro 2 Hands On Review

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Calibrating your screen and profiling your printer are extremely important for the professional workflow. It’s also important to have a reliable device that will make the calibration accurate and easy. We had the pleasure of testing the newest product of the X-Rite family: The i1Photo Pro 2.

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Free Webinar 7/9: Color Management & Printing with Martin Bailey

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Want to be a part of a free webinar with world renowned photographer and X-Rite Coloratti Martin Bailey?

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Customize Your Epson Print Settings with just ONE Click

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Are you tired of being forced to use generic settings that are already built into the Epson print driver? Do you wish there was a way to store your media specific settings to quickly and easily recall later? Believe it or not, but there is a way to do it, and it’s already available with [...]

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Must Listen Interview with Martin Bailey: Author of “Making the Print”

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Martin Bailey is a Tokyo based nature, wildlife and portraiture photographer, sharing his photographic life experiences, as well as tips and techniques, via a weekly Podcast and Blog. Martin has recently created an eBook titled “Making the Print-Printing Techniques for the Digital Photographer”. I had a chance to chat with him via a Skype video [...]

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Upgrading to Adobe Photoshop CS6? Here’s What’s New.

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Are you currently using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (or a previous version) and considering an upgrade? Want a sneak peak at what’s new?

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Sign Up for Our Webinar: Achieving Color Accurate Prints

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our short survey last week. The results are in, and you’ve helped us select our first webinar topic! See details below for the dates, times, and the registration form…

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How to Load Canvas Sheets in a Desktop Printer

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Feeding canvas sheets into desktop printers can sometimes be tricky. With multiple tray loading options, which one works best? Are there any tricks to making sheet loading easier? Read on…

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Best Selling Gallery Wrap Sizes

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Are you considering offering gallery wrapped canvas prints to your customers for the first time? Not sure which are the most popular sizes to carry while evaluating the concept and opportunity? This article will help you get started…

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Breathing Color’s Top 5 Coolest Customer Videos

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Here at Breathing Color, we would like to share some of our favorite videos that our customers have created. We’ve chosen some of the coolest customer videos on the web, and these videos showcase our customers using our products in their own creative way.

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Learn How to Spray Canvas Prints like a Pro

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Are you spraying your canvas prints? Do you want to learn how to develop the best workflow and technique for coating perfect prints every time? This month’s Top 5 Printmaking Tips,Tricks, and Techniques will help you get there…

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How to Print HDR Photographs — Printing Tips — Prints That Really Pop

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This is a guest post from photographer and teacher Renée Besta. If you are interested in guest posting on this blog check out the guidelines here. Deep in the Alabama Hills ©Renee Besta There are a ton of HDR tutorials on the internet. There are very few that frame them through the lens of printing. [...]

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A New Twist with the EasyWrappe System

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EasyWrappe is an easy to use, gallery wrap system that allows anyone to create a professional gallery wrap in minutes. You may be familiar with our standard method of creating a gallery wrap with EasyWrappe, but did you know there is more than one way to utilize this system?

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Become a Varnish Master with Our New eBook!

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This week we introduce a new addition to our educational library: The Breathing Color eBook “Varnishing Tips and Tricks”. If you really want to master the art of varnishing, you won’t want to miss the information that’s packed in here!

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Top 5 Printmaking Tips,Tricks,Techniques – October ’11

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Have you been looking to purchase a new large format inkjet printer but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you looking to upgrade from what you currently own? Want some tips on what to look for? This month, I’ll talk about 5 things to consider when purchasing a new printer…

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How to Print HDR Photographs — Monitors and Post-Processing

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This is a guest post from photographer and teacher Renée Besta. If you are interested in guest posting on this blog check out the guidelines here. Last Stop for the Emmett Kelly ©Renee Besta There are a ton of HDR tutorials on the internet. There are very few that frame them through the lens of [...]

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Do I Need a RIP?

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Almost every printmaker out there has heard that RIP software will make printing easier and more efficient. Will a RIP make your colors brighter and improve your image quality? Is it really necessary to run your printer with a RIP? Can’t you achieve the same results simply by using the included print driver? This article [...]

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How to Print HDR Photographs — Camera Settings and Color Management

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This is a guest post from photographer and teacher Renée Besta. If you are interested in guest posting on this blog check out the guidelines here. Moon Over Piedras Blancas Bluffs ©Renee Besta There are a ton of HDR tutorials on the internet. There are very few that frame them through the lens of printing. [...]

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Top 5 Printmaking Tips,Tricks,Techniques – September ’11

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Have you tried finding good publications on printmaking but don’t know where to begin? This month, I’ll be discussing 5 books that offer great information on printing techniques, photography, Photoshop, mixed media ideas, and more…

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Pictures Are Not About Pictures

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This is a guest post from author and photographer David Ulrich. If you are interested in guest posting on this blog check out the guidelines here. Kealaikahiki Point, Kaho‘olawe, Hawai‘i © David Ulrich Pictures Are Not About Pictures During a recent public photo critique sponsored by Pacific New Media at the University of Hawai‘i, I [...]

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Nik Software: Complete Collection “How To’s” – HDR Efex Pro (Part 1)

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Today we announce Part 1 of a 6 part series for Nik Software’s Complete Collection. In this series, we will go over the basics of each plug-in and how they can enhance your printed images. So grab some images and let’s get started…

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Color Accurate Photos from Your Camera to Lightroom 3

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Any professional photographer knows that having color accurate images from one photo shoot to the next can be a challenge. With various lighting conditions from shoot to shoot, this has not always been easy to obtain. Having consistent color is crucial for all of you images to output correctly. This post will show you how [...]

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Top 5 Printmaking Tips,Tricks,Techniques – August ’11

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This month we will talk about the best way to handle inkjet media. I’ve received a lot of questions ranging from storing rolls, to packaging prints, and unpacking prints. Let’s go over the basics…

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Using Glamour II as a Texturizing Gel on Canvas Prints

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Have you been looking to add another dimension to your canvas prints? Do you want your prints to stand out like they never have before? Want to triple your investment with a product you already have? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then this post is for you…

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How to create Camera profiles using the ColorChecker Passport with Adobe CS5

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Any professional photographer knows that having color accurate images from one photo shoot to the next can be a challenge. With various lighting conditions from shoot to shoot, this has not always been easy to obtain. Having consistent color is crucial for all of you images to output correctly. Read on to find out how [...]

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Mounting Prints with Glamour II Giclee Varnish

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Do you have fine art prints that you want to mount to a rigid substrate but don’t know what to use? Have you tried spray adhesives, double-sided tape or something else and have had marginal success? Want a quick and easy solution to effectively mount your prints using supplies you already have? Read on…

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How to Print Targets using Adobe CS5 and Windows 7 (64-bit)

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This article will take you through the step-by-step process of printing profile targets using Adobe CS5 and Windows 7 (64-bit). Due to a change in Adobe’s software a slightly different approach is needed…

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Top 5 Printmaking Tips,Tricks,Techniques – July ’11

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This month I wanted to tackle the top questions we’ve received regarding Adobe Photoshop. This blog post will show you various tips for re-sizing your images, cropping, resolution adjustments, nesting images, and more…

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