I am interested in finding out options for very short run color reproductions
who's end product will be on either canvas or, if not, on paper. Size may
range from 8"x10" to 20"x24" image size, and will probably require at least a
2"-3" nonprinted border around the image (so 8x10 would require about 12x1 or
I am not sure if the best option would be to look at a computer printer
like an inkjet, which would be a lot slower at output than a press, or if
there is a very short-run press option that would work well.
The image would be mostly painted artwork, with the emphasis on the ease of
processing, fairly low-cost, decent color reproduction.
I realize that larger 20"x24" size makes things more expensive, especially
since most inexpensive equipment would be something like 11"x17" printers or
press, which would work for 8"x10" images if it took oversized paper (12"x19").
Are there any hybrid machines out there that directly output files (like TIFF
or EPS) to the press or a direct-to-plate printing option?
What about price range? What can I do for $5-15,000 range?
I hear Tektronix printers accept lots of different media, but is canvas ok?
I also need info on cost per piece and ease of use/setup/cleanup.
Thanks in advance for any help in this matter.