IMAGES AND PHOTO RESTORATION
The scenic country side of Starksboro, Vermont brings you to the current home of On-Going Ideas, a computer based business started in 1978 and located in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Our launch product was software developed for the Government Services Administration to automate the request for proposals process on the 3M/Linolex computer.
In 1979 On-Going Ideas purchased our first of many Apple personal computers and started developing utility software and compilers for the Apple //. In 1983 the business started selling Apple // clones and peripherals (disk drives, monitors and printers). In 1986 we added computer education and training to our portfolio. The business added Apple Macintosh and PC hardware maintenance, support and upgrades in the 1990’s. In 2005 we added digital restoration of art and photographs along with custom photo printing on a variety of surfaces (watercolor paper, canvas, foil, card stock and photo papers) to our available services.
Our original artwork, photographs and giclée prints are available in a wide variety of media, framed or unframed. We also provide conversion of photographs, slides, and negatives to CD/DVD or memory sticks, image restoration services and custom printing (up to 13 inches by 19 inches) on a variety of surfaces (watercolor paper, canvas, foil, card stock and photo papers).
Quality prints require color managementAll of the equipment used in the production of our prints have been color calibrated. This allows us to match the colors seen by the camera or scanner, to the colors on the computer display, to the colors put on the paper by the printer. We use:
- x-rite ColorChecker Passport Photo to generate color profiles for our cameras.
- Wolf Faust: IT8 and 35mm slide color targets and color reference files to generate color profiles for our scanners.
- Datacolor: Spyder5ELITE+ to generate color profiles for our computer monitors.
- Datacolor: SpyderPRINT to generate color profiles for the ink and paper combinations used for each printer.
Fade resistanceThere are many reasons that photos or artwork fade over time besides direct exposure to sunlight. To ensure our custom prints last as long as possible we use acid free paper, genuine ink, and a UV coating. We also suggest the prints be mounted under glass and be displayed out of direct sunlight.
This scanner provides 600 dpi resolution, 8 bits per color
- automatically imports up to 50 duplex photos at a time
- maximum size 8.5 x 34 inches.
This scanner provides up to 6400 dpi resolution, 16 bits per color
- slides: 35 mm and 6 × 12 cm medium format
- negatives: 35 mm film strip
- photos: maximum size 8.5 x 11.7 inches
- Paper sizes: 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, Legal, 11" x 17", 13" x 19" and custom sizes no larger than 13 x 19
- Paper weight: 17 to 28 lb (64 to 105 g /m2), Canon genuine paper, and non-Canon specialty paper that is up to 53 lb (200 g /m2)
- Color or Black and White images
- 2400 dpi maximum
- uses a combination of dye and pigment ink
- Paper sizes: 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, Legal, 11" x 17", 13" x 19" and custom sizes no larger than 13 x 44
- Paper weight: 17 to 24 lb (64 to 90 g /m2), Epson genuine paper, and non-Epson specialty paper that is up to 140 lb (300 g /m2)
- Thick paper: up to 0.05-inch (1.3 mm) thick
- Color or Black and White images
- 2880 dpi maximum
- uses pigment ink
We use genuine ink ordered directly from either Epson or Canon. Using genuine ink allows us to use standard printer calibration profiles for any image printed on the paper provided by the printer manufacturer.
Standard Photo Prints
For standard photo prints on glossy or matte paper, we use genuine paper ordered directly from either Epson or Canon.
For custom prints we use paper or canvas products that are well respected in the industry and verify that they are acid free, compatible with the ink being used, and compatible with the UV coating being used. We also use a custom printer calibration file specifically made for the material and ink combination being used.