Zarf i don’t know your opinion on this one.
(i am a designer BTW, as you may know)
i went to a digital printers with a .PNG file, i was trying a new printing company.
i print all my A3 300Dpi images from PNGs’ because of their size, and because i don’t need any fonts… i know what i am getting.
well the printer is like "why are you using this format. its a motion graphic format, you use these only for flash animations and stuff.
i was like “well my understanding is that PNG is just a compressed lossless image format, like tiff but comnpressed. and it should print just like anything else” (i have printed PNG images at every other printers in town LOL)
the CD had a PNG, and a PSD on the same disk (same file)
he prints it off relucant to use the PNG (i don’t think he did) it was an RGB file. it comes out green (was grey on screen, even on his screen)
he starts going off at me saying it should be CMYK coz their printers can’t handlge RGB (i’m thinking, WTF you guys are the printers, your system should do RGB-CMYK conversion on the fly, and it should be calibrated to your monitors at least)
i think he used the Photoshop file because some of the printing (the parts of the image that were just bitmaps in photoshop) were fine, whereas every area with a filter layer or another photoshop altered area was all green.
then he says “its coz its not CMYK”.
so i say “well can you change it to CMYK for me, and how much will that cost”
he says he’ll do it for free and charge me for the original print.
so he changes it and prints it out. this time THE WHOLE THING IS GREEN (not just most of it)
then he blames it on my PNG format, again quoting that he knows so much about it because his friends have done motion graphics.
i don’t pay them anything, and i eat my pride not bothering to argue with the guy about PNG images, looking confused as if its all my fault.
i go to the printer down the road, and it all comes out perfect.
not going back there again.