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I have recently wanted to sell prints, but my printer has been very hit and miss for quality. I've heard about Rabbit Valley for a possible way to print, but for some reason, I'm thinking that I heard something negative about them at one time or another.

Does anyone have any experience with them as far as printing goes? I really don't want to waste more paper and ink when I use my printer casually, ya know?

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Jan. 9th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I've had good luck with my local Kinko's, actually, but I think quality varies by location.
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
I've had lamination done at kinkos, office max, etc with no problems. I just worry about wether or not they'll do prints of adult material.

How much do their nice paper color prints go for appx? Rabbit Valley is like 1.25-1.50 a piece
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh adult material, guess I should've thought of that. I do suppose you could call and ask them?

It's been awhile since I went, but I want to say Kinko's was a bit cheaper than that for color on nice glossy.
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
I've heard that at kinko's it kind of depends on the clerk you get 8D

I might try a trial run there too and compare quality.

Thank you very much <3
Jan. 11th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
I know from working there that officemax has a very strict policy against adult/pornographic material. If the employee prints it for you, they could get fired.
Jan. 11th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Good to know! I'll keep that in mind while scoping out printer places, thank you!
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I used them to do some prints for me this past Anthrocon. It was really close to their deadline to accept new print orders in time, so I also did a number of prints on my own printer (nothing fancy, just an Epson Stylus CX4800) just in case something happened and they couldn't get them to me in time.

Comparing the two, the colors did seem slightly different from each other. I'm not sure if that has to do with using different printers or something, but the colors seemed slightly more saturated in the Rabbit Valley version. However, the printing turned out a good bit smoother in the Rabbit Valley version, likely because of the higher quality printing. On the other hand, if I turned my own printer up to the highest quality setting, I did get very comparable quality, just a much longer and more tedious printing time, since mine is an inkjet rather than a laser printer.

The customer service I received was very satisfactory, so I was happy on that end, but I did find that it was a lot cheaper to just print them myself. Like all businesses, Rabbit Valley wants to turn a profit, so you'll be paying more than you would pay if you wished to do it yourself, ink included (depending on quantity of prints, at least)

So I'd say it really depends on the quality of your printer and how much time you want to put into sitting at the computer and waiting for it to print x number of pictures. Rabbit Valley definitely makes it a lot more convenient to do prints, and I felt a lot more comfortable having them print my "weird furry art" than I would at a place like Kinkos or any other print shop, so it really just comes down to whether you prefer the convenience of having someone else do it or the savings in doing it yourself.

Hope this helps!
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
That's perfect info! Right now I'm kind of in the convenience and quality and quickness...especially with my space constraint (I'm in a studio apartment 8D)
So yes, thank you very much!

I tried to do some prints on my printer and it ate up my ink so fast, didn't have consistent quality and the colors differed every time ack.

I may try it when I've got more space to dry out my prints and experience in the biz, but yeah, I'm glad theres been some good experience with them!
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Jan. 9th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Yeah I was actually reminded thanks to Dragoneer's plug on the furaffinity twitter :D

I figure it'll be more expensive than printing at home, but I don't feel like calibrating my printer every dang time and shelling out the money for ink right now, so it looks like it's a toss up between you guys and seeing if i can find a local print shop that won't look at me like i'm a...weirdo :3

Thank you also for showing which software you use! I have an LCD monitor so I try a few different things to get what I see to match what others will @__@
Jan. 9th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
You guys did a great job with my prints and I'm happy I chose you. :D

I had a feeling that it might have been a CMYK thing that caused the differences in colors, since I think I did my original art in RBG format. I think I'm going to have to see if I can find a way to convert from one to the other while staying as close to the original colors as possible. It's definitely not a huge difference (I can only tell if I hold them side by side), I'm just curious and want to see what I can do now that I know what is causing the difference. :)

Edit: Just checked my old e-mails, and apparently you're the person who helped me, too! I just wanted to thank you again for the work you put into it and the friendly service you gave. :D

Edited at 2010-01-09 07:04 am (UTC)
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Jan. 9th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
are they adult art friendly?
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Jan. 9th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
There we go, thank you! I wouldn't be able to use them for the majority of my current stuff then, heh heh >_>
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
I love my Staples. Their printing is really very lovely on cardstock and very inexpensive!
Jan. 9th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Are they adult art friendly?
Jan. 12th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
y'know, that's a good question. i didn't think about that. i've had them print nudity before, but i'm not so sure they'd be hot on full-on porn..
Jan. 9th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
I liked Staples until I had any print with a good amount of blue in it come out super saturated. No other colour did it. Just blue. I hear this can be a problem at some Kinkos as well.
Jan. 12th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
huh. that's odd. i recently had a print done with a lot of blue and didn't have a problem. maybe it was that one particular printer?
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
I've heard from people like shinigamigirl that tugrik does decent sellable-quality prints. Maybe you can ask him about it sometime?
Jan. 10th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Either it's an archival true color print, or it's not. The former are rather expensive to have done and generally not worth it for 99% of the 'art' produced by the fandom. This isn't a huge deal, just make it clear that it's a non-archival print and collect your $10. If you actually do get giclee level prints made, advertise that and charge accordingly. I trust it will be of something like a detailed canvas painting. It would be a total waste for something done in prismacolor pens/pencils. And no, you don't own nor would want to pay for the type of printer needed for the high end prints.
Jan. 10th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Ah yeah, I'm not looking for painting prints or anything like that. These are along the lines of like 40-50$ digital commissions and junk.

I'm not quite to archiving my stuff from art school yet XD
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