How to Build a DIY HVLP Spray Booth for Under $125

Varnish has always been a popular topic here on The Breathing Color Blog.

Whether we’re talking about how to properly apply it, or how to avoid ruining your work with it, we’re always thrilled to see your responses to varnish discussion.

With that in mind, we’re happy to bring this helpful DIY post, originally published in 2011, back from archives, updated with new products available in 2015.

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How to Choose an Inkjet Paper for Printing

How to Choose the Right Paper for Printing
Fountain of Grace – Printed on Baryta Paper

Without fail, one of the most common questions asked by students in printing classes is how to choose a paper for a specific image.

With the wealth and diversity of superb inkjet papers on the market today, even experienced printmakers have difficulty with how to choose the right paper for printing.

The number of choices can simply be overwhelming.

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How to Configure Printer Settings for Third-Party Papers


In the digital age, we are fortunate to have a bounty of wonderful inkjet papers to choose from.

These papers range from glossy, luster, metallic and baryta photo papers, to fine art cotton watercolor and canvas matte.

A few of the choices include OEM papers offered by printer manufacturers such as Epson and Canon, as well as third-party (non-OEM) papers produced by companies such as Breathing Color.

Color-managed applications like Photoshop and Lightroom, in conjunction with quality ICC printer/paper profiles, pave the way to achieving good prints.

Producing an optimal print, however, requires proper configuration of an array of printer driver settings for each particular paper.

Use this guide to get up and running with your own third party paper printing.

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Four Steps to Fix Horizontal Banding


Ever sent a job to print, only to have to rush to cancel it because of lines going across the print, ruining the image?

These lines, which are typically left in the direction of printhead travel, are referred to as horizontal banding.

It’s a fairly common problem, and one that many people don’t immediately have a solution to. We thought it time to write a quick post to assist in solving that dilemma.

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