Using a DJ w/ a smaller number at this office. 1055 iirc. Finding it harder
to get colors matched than with the older 750. Maybe that's because I'm
incompetent, dunno. After going on two years, we are starting to get
complacent about the speed of the thing. Amount of annoyance and fighting
has been normal, maybe even light.
I've had the same problem. It's probably because they are 6 six rather
than the four color printers. Wasn't the 750 a four color? I haven't
seen one in a while, but I think it was purely a CMYK printer. Am I
remembering correctly? We have an older 1050 and a newer 5500 42" that
are both 6 color, and I personally find the colors less "pleasing" than
the older four color inkjets. Everything seems a bit more desaturated.
Too much of a good thing?
A few things to be aware of...
1) Check the color profile of the image. Photoshop is good for this.
Getting this right makes a world of difference. It's also one of the most
annoyinging difficult things to do this.
2) Verify that you have current drivers (a "duh" but you'd be surprised).
3) Check with HPs site on the customer help forums, if you haven't already.
Somebody has probably had your problem and a solution has probably been
suggested. Getting your search terms correct is tough because most posters
are idiots and don't put anything useful in the subject line.
4) Sometimes changing your image from RGB to CMYK makes a difference.
I've gone through many of the things you've described above.
I went into our print room today, and realized I had confused our 5500
with the 1050 and the older 750 I used long ago. The 1050 is a CMYK
printer and the 5500 is the six color printer (with pink and baby blue
being the two additional colors). I was confusing myself in my first
post, and the difference between the two printers can be noticable. I
still prefer the older 1050 because I had my screen configured in
Photoshop (if I'm using the proper terminology) a long time ago and I
know what I'm going to get with this printer. The new one will
definintely lighten up things with the addition of these extra colors.
Especially if you've done any color gradients in Photoshop (i.e. a sky)
It's usually not a big deal, but becomes noticeable when we are
printing out a large presentation on both printers at the same time due
to time constraints. When you put the two prints up next to each other
on a wall you can definitely see the difference. We usually try an
limit any large printing to one printer or the other, but sometimes you
don't have the choice when your standing around waiting to head to the
airport and your team is still printing. Better slightly mismatched
prints, than no print at all. ;-)
We've got a 550ps and like it. Speed is the only real issue, but it's not
that bad. We'd like a 2500, but we've got to score that really big project
to justify it (and have the cash...we don't finance).
I've worked with CalComp and Mutoh. Didn't like either of them. The
CalComp TechJet was crap. The Mutoh was a pen plotter (they guy got it
because it had a mechanical pencil option and he liked it for his poche).
The Calcomp was are first plotter........it was cheap......but we put out a
lot of prints with it before it died. Now we are running with a designjet
430.......just had to have it repaired for the first time in 4-5
years.......the belt stretched and would not stay on track. The repro
places prefer that we just send them plot files....they cansend them
directly to their high speed machines, and not have to have manpower
feeding in the individual sheets......our next big job will probably mean
the end of our diazo machine...........
We've been digitally sending files for a couple of years...we have no diazo
machine. Check plots are done in house, sets are done digitally at the
repro desk. We have not missed the smell of ammonia wafting through the
Sounds like a technique I learned while in school from a design partner
of a firm I was freelancing with at the time. We would do the
blackline prints which we underexposed (am I getting that right? It was
a long time ago), so our hardlined hand drawings were on very dark,
almost black/purple paper. We would then go back and trace with white
color pencil and other colors. We even did the poche in solid white
over this paper. It was time consuming, but made for some fantastic
presentation drawings. We would even color the plans this way, and add
black shadows after the base colors were down. It kind of gave a Beaux
Arts look to the drawings. I still have some in my old portfolio
because I liked them so much, and they had so much life to them.
You're damn right it was too much work. LOL
After working with this firm, I decided to do one of my final
presentations in the same manner for my first Grad School studio.
Everyone else was pretty much doing ink on mylar, so I had to be
'different'. There was a point at about 3:00 am that I was wondering
if I had bitten off more than I could chew. It worked out, and I got
many compliments during my jury. I even won an award for one of the
drawings in a Delineation Competition later that year, but it was the
LAST time I used that technique. I look back fondly on how they came
out, but seem to conveniently forget how much work went into them. ;-)
Yeah, well I don't deal with it......I leave the artsy stuff up to my
In the mean time.........Tuesday I was dusting off the old
resume......things were looking that grim. Wednesday.......out of the
blue, a project that had been dead for 5 months came back to life.......the
intial work is only to get them through site plan approval, but they want to
break ground next spring..........200k s.f. office/industrial...........I
may need to bring the pillow and blankets back to the office if this plays
out....................feast of famine.....................
Umm Don I was asking about the Designjet not the laserjet !
Anyway I have checked places like epinions and searched NGs via google.
Not much, it seems its a little more geared to graphics than cad.
In fact the person selling one used near my calls it a "poster machine"!
My DJ600 has served me well until leaving R14, Acad 2000-and-on plot
files BALLOONED in size and now it takes an eternity to spool to
The 1000 series, ie 1050 seem the fastest and also geared to cad but
alas non for sale used yet :-(
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