No normal office printer can rise to this level. It takes a special graphics laser printer, such as a QMS 2060 FX to reproduce this class of photograph.

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Sample photograph to show all the gray levels that a high-quality laser printer is capable of, if properly tweaked.

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Above are two views of the same identical photograph
(bricks in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, Central America). Each photo is tweaked in a different manner in the new channel mixer mode of Adobe PhotoShop ver 5.

The QMS printer can handle any range of the gray scale (both prints are from a QMS 2060 at 11x17 inch size). The photo on the right was imaged to produce a subtle range of variations; the photo on the left includes heightened contrast. The QMS can handle the entire range. Part of this print quality comes from the ability of tweaking the lpi, lines per inch. If you are stuck with default, the images have as much contrast and grayscale spectrum as mud. If you set the left photo for 90 lpi and the right photo at 94 lpi you get even more variation. For Photoshop imaging, please note that lpi is set on the printer software; this is not dpi you sent in image size.

These photographs are part of a series specially taken to test the capabilities of laser printers. QMS turned out to be the best in class. We use it in our office every day, indeed I have parked my Lexmark and HP printers in storage because they cannot achieve this quality. I used the HP only for simple letters since it does not offer true 1200 dpi photo quality. I like my Lexmark Optra N and Lexmark Optra R, but neither can match the quality of a QMS.

If you do desktop publishing, in-house printing, or operate a repro shop for short-run printing, you can use your laser printer to produce photographs, if, if you select a printer which can handle photographs. After checking around and looking at what was available elsewhere, we have settled on the QMS 2060 series. If you produce professional photographs you probably want a professional laser printer. QMS printers are available nationwide from Publishing Perfection, 1 (800) 810-1617,

QMS also makes color laser printers that can handle 11x17 full bleed. You can max out the RAM at 384 MB. This quantity of RAM will surely speed up printing full-page color photographs.


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