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FLAAR Starter Set Reports
by Nicholas Hellmuth


Every day people ask “which FLAAR Reports are most appropriate for my needs.” We have over 200 reports now, so people want to know which are the really essential ones.

So starting November 2005, we now offer these Starter Sets. These are the specific publications that Nicholas Hellmuth has singled out as essential for a print shop owner, printer operator or others to have available as handy reference.


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How to succeed in Giclee as a business



  1. Ink and media for fine art giclee and photo realistic, Last update May 2003, 22 pages.
  2. Clear coating liquid lamination; painting on top of inkjet prints, Last update February 2003, 9 pages.
  3. Comprehensive Workflow for Fine Art Giclee Printing, Last update February 2005, 19 pages.
  4. Business plan for starting or improving a fine art giclee printing service., Last update March 2007, 46 pages.
  5. A comprehensive glossary of fine art giclee terms, Last update February 2005, 13 pages.
  6. Inkjet printing for creatives, designers and artists (all levels, beginners, intermediate, commercial production), Last update January 2004, 13 pages.
  7. Opportunities in the DE9cor Market for Wide Format Inkjet Printing, Last update February 2006, 12 pages.

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On Wide Format Printers



  1. Thermal vs piezo printheads
  2. Used wide format inkjet printers
  3. Common Sense on Longevity and Archival Claims

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General Introduction to Solvent Ink Printers



  1. Solvent ink printers
  2. Nicholas Hellmuth92s Helpful Guide to Buying, Using & Maintaining a Solvent Ink Printer
  3. Comprehensive annotated list of solvent ink printers
  4. Fleet graphics, bus wrap and related needs
  5. Printing wallpaper with inkjet printers

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Eco Solvent Basic Fundamentals



  1. Get Started: Solvent & Eco-Solvent Ink Printers from A to Z
  2. Introduction to Wide Format Printers using Lite-Solvent Eco-Solvent or other pseudo-Solvent inks
  3. Annotated List of Eco-Solvent, Mild-Solvent, and Lite-Solvent Printers
  4. Nicholas Hellmuth92s Guide to Buying, Using & Maintaining an Eco-Solvent Printer

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RIP Essential Reports



  1. List of main brands of RIPs for large format inkjet printers
  2. Glossary of RIPs for wide format printers
  3. PosterJet Rip Test and Evaluation

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Media and Inks



  1. Reliable sources of media
  2. Evaluation of inkjet media for wide format printers
  3. Glossary of wide format inkjet media
  4. Frequently asked questions on media
  5. Suggested media for signs, posters and banners
  6. Inks colorands for large format printers
  7. Selecting inkjet media

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FLAAR, Digital Imaging Resource Center
First posted November 2005
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