Maps for Printing - Tips?
Mostly this is a question for GamerPrinter, but I figured I'd post it rather than sending a PM since it's a question that probably comes up pretty frequently. I looked through the threads for one that already had the info, but couldn't find one.
Today I showed my Mom my random practice continent, and she fell in love and asked for a version of Middle Earth in that style for her wall.
However, when I tried printing the one I had a few days ago, it was way too dark (and too low-res) for a paper version.
If I'm making a map for the express purpose of printing and framing it, what dpi should I make it, and should I keep the colors a lot lighter or did my printer just suck?
Ah, my printer user 12 colors
For me, I prefer my clients sending me RGB files, as the software automatically converts that to the appropriate color format and depth. My large format printer uses 12 colors to print: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Gray, Photo Gray, Medium Gray, Red, Blue, Green.
I can print up to 2880 x 2880 dpi.
CMYK conversion is usually too complicated for the average user to work with, I make the final decision and the print device accomodates.
At least I know what I'm doing...
Lucky for me, I've been printing for so many years that once I open a client's map file, I know to up the brightness 12% and print and I can come very close to what is on the monitor. I almost never need to print more than one time per job. Sometimes when I get files that are consistently pastel in colors or otherwise very subdued, it is more difficult to get an exact print equivalent to what is seen on the computer screen.
I don't profile my monitor to my printer, I do it all by eye.