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Paper for Calendar Production

Darryl Romm , Nov 04, 2005; 07:48 a.m.

Hi

Has anyone got any suggestions for best paper to use for production of calendar. I am based in UK and I will be producing about 10 calendars. Each calendar will have 1 A4 sheet per month plus an A4 cover. I will use Epson R2400

Also any software ideas. I have looked at Smartdraw 7 and MS Visio for templates and it is possible to save as TIF and import into Photoshop etc. Any feedback is apprecitated.

Doing this myself because last year I got calendars delivered from FUJI online 14th Jan instead of before end of year and the quality of print was very very different than images supplied.

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Marshall Goff , Nov 04, 2005; 12:41 p.m.

I've done 10-20 calendars each of the last few years using Epson's Double-Sided Heavyweight Matte paper. I print on an old 1280. [Each shot only needs to look good for a month...] Not the standard glossy calendar look, but it's been quite well received.

Darryl Romm , Nov 04, 2005; 03:29 p.m.

I was really looking for something a bit heavier. I think heavyweight matte is only 167gsm and archival matte is 192gsm. I should imaging that the calendars produced by Fuji last year were on a 270 - 300gsm artboard

Peter Nixon , Nov 05, 2005; 08:10 p.m.

I have used 220g heavyweight matte from MX2 for several years with great success.www.mx2.co.uk. ?9.99 for 100 sheets.Regards.

Darryl Romm , Nov 07, 2005; 10:48 a.m.

Response to Paper for Calendar Production - A Bit Off Photogrpahic Subject - Sorry

Hi Peter

It seems my paper selection may not be the end of my problems.

The calendar design I am trying to copy consists of 13 sheets of A4 (1 being the cover). The sheets are spiral/comb bound, and machinery for this is quite inexpensive. However in the top middle of each sheet there is a cut away inverteded semi-circle to allow the sheets to swivel around the wire hook in a normal fashion. This means that there are in fact 2 pieces of metal/plastic binding, one on the left of the inverted produced semi-circle cutaway section, and one on the right. This in my opinion is produced by dye cutting, and this in turn is prohibitively expensive. It might be hard for you to imagine from my explanation. However I would rather not just punch a hole through the face of the sheets to provide a hole for hanging the product.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Regards

Darryl Romm

Peter Nixon , Nov 07, 2005; 07:16 p.m.

Hi Darryl, I have always used plastic comb binders for the simple reason that my wife has access to a binder at work.The hole punch method for hanging was my solution but the type you describe would be more professional looking.Comb binder kits can be bought quite cheaply,I think I saw one in WH SMITH.For your type of wire spiral binding with hanging hook I think a local printer or print shop might be your best bet.Let me know if you find a cheap solution.I really must get started on my calendar or it wont be ready for Christmas!Best of luck.Pete.

Louise Heusinkveld , Nov 07, 2005; 09:49 p.m.

Not sure if this experience will be as relevant in UK...I have produced a calendar for quite a few years, and eventually the costs of paper plus ink plus binding were getting quite high. I visited a small local printer (the sort that do business cards and stuff) and asked them for a quote. They do me a very nice product, on glossy paper, with a clear cover sheet and a cardboard back and bound with a metal comb, for less than I could possible print and bind myself. Just stay away from the big chain printers and copy places, their quotes were always way off the wall. My small local printer will print as few as 10 for me, but I usually get at least 20 done.

Trotter Hardy , Nov 08, 2005; 01:08 a.m.

Strathmore paper company now makes a calendar kit. It consists of heavy weight paper that is glossy on one side, and matte on the other. They recommend glossy for the photo. Kit includes a unique kind of spiral binder (not sure how well it works, as I just received my kit yesterday). Also includes two heavy plastic pages for front and back, and each page of plastic and printable paper has a pre-punched small hole for hanging from a nail. It looks quite satisfactory, though as I say, I've yet to use it.

See http://www.strathmoreartist.com/product_digital.html. Scroll down for "digital photo calendar kit." Kit cost is about $8.00 USD I believe.

Trotter Hardy

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