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Image Print Sizes from Dye Sublimation Printers
A guide to what printers can print, what size images and any hints or tips on printing various sizes.
Image Sizes One of the first things to decide is what sizes of images you wish to print most often.
At first it may seem that the best route is to purchase the printer which prints the largest image; this is often not the most cost effective route or the easiest printer to use.
Many Photographers who wish to print a wide variety of sizes, purchase two printers to do the job; not only does this give you some redundancy, should the worst happen, but it also gives complete flexibility.
Though at first this may seem expensive, and given the fact you need to print quite a few photos for this to be a required option, the profit made on each print would be considerable, and the payback time very quick indeed - sometimes even after your very first event.
By using both printers I can quickly and easily print any size up to 8"x12" which is ideal for my weddings. - Dave Sanders
What sizes can a Dye Sublimation Printer print?
It is now possible to print upto 8x12 on a Kodak Dye Sublimation Printer costing under £400! - Until very recently Dye Sublimation printers cost thousands of pounds and the cost per image was expensive. The following printers will print the following sizes:
Using different print media it is possible to print 6x4 (30p), 7x5 (50p), 8x6 (70p) photos. The Prints will be a finished size - and no finishing is necessary. Using the 730PS or 730Gala it is possible to print directly from a memory card.
Like the Kodak this Photo Printer from Mitsubishi will print 10"x8" (on A4 Paper), 12"x8" (on 8.5"x14" paper). It is also possible using software on your PC to print 2x 5"x7" or 2x 8"x6" or 4x 6"x4" with a 8.5"x14" media kit.
The cost per print on the Mitsubishi CP3020 is significantly cheaper than the Kodak although the original purchase price of the printer is higher.
This roll fed high volume printer will print 6x4, 7x5, 8x6 and 9x6 prints. Media must be changed for the different sizes, although 6x8 / 6x9 are printed using the same media. Cost per print is the lowest in it's class!
The only 10"x8" printer that will print directly from a memory card. This printer is currently the most expensive per 10x8 print. It is also possible to print multiple images on an 10"x8" sheet. Paper and Ribbon are sold separately
Note: Actual print size is very slightly smaller than 10"x8"
The cost per print is fixed with Dye Sublimation Printers and you have no hidden costs to worry about. However printing just one 8"x6" on a 8.5"x14" sheet will cost you about £1.65 compared with about 70p on a HiTi 730 Series Printer. Even printing two 8"x6" prints is still more expensive and you still need to trim the print on Kodak or Mitsubishi Printer. The 730 series on the other hand can only print upto 8"x6" images so if you print a lot of larger images an "A4" photo printer may also be a requirement.
Despite the initial reluctance, most photographers now print directly from the memory card without the need for a PC and Photoshop. Gone are the days when you need to spend lots of time "tweaking" colours etc.