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Old 01-12-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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I need to trim a bunch of color printouts I got from a service bureau. I didn't have a functional paper trimmer/cutter so I just bought an inexpensive ($50) one at Staples.

It's the guillotine type, but now I'm re-thinking my decision ... they also had rotary trimmers, and I'm thinking those must be safer.

But how well do they work? I'm cutting heavy paper, but will only be cutting one sheet at a time. And just straight cuts.

I just don't know anything about this newfangled rotary technology.

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Old 01-12-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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We used a rotary for years in the photo lab. They work nicely for up to a few sheets of photo paper at a time and I still have all my fingers. Well, all except the little bits I've lost to matte knives.

Check a good camera/photo supply store (or printer's supply store if you have one handy). The trimmers I saw at Staples were pretty awful. Bought one that seemed ok and ended up returning it.

   
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Old 01-12-2007, 04:33 PM   #3
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Mr. Excitement, who is becoming more and more curmudgeonly in his old age, wants to know if the one you bought at Staples was rotary or guillotine.

He already opened the guillotine and he thinks it works fine. (I think it's cheap and rickety, but it does work.)

I googled a local camera/photo chain store and searched for trimmer, but all I found were things like nose hair trimmers and a "Bikini Shaper & Trimmer." (I do not want to know.)

I'm perplexed as to why a camera store sells such things, and will try to search elsewhere.

Problem is that I need to work on this project tomorrow. I had planned to use the service bureau's paper trimmer, but instead of calling me when the color prints were done, for some reason they couriered them to me.

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Old 01-13-2007, 09:33 AM   #4
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Sometimes curmudgeonliness is the only reasonable response. Tell 'im I got a guillotine at Staples.

I googled on "rotary paper trimmer" and got this among others:
http://www.officezone.com/rotary1.htm

The good ones (Dahle for example) run to some money. For an occasional project, no heavy duty/production trimming, what you've got is probably the most practical deal.

   
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The good ones (Dahle for example) run to some money.
We used the Dahles at the petroleum company where I worked, and they lasted for 20 + years without ever needing adjustment or sharpening. And they got a lot of use there.

   
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We used the Dahles at the petroleum company where I worked, and they lasted for 20 + years without ever needing adjustment or sharpening. And they got a lot of use there.
<sigh> Damn, I wish I'd kept mine.

   
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I ended up using the Xacto trimmer (from Staples), because I couldn't find anything else locally (and didn't really have time to shlep to another store anyway). And it worked just fine.

I used to use Mr. E's ancient old photo trimmer, which had a dull blade that was out of adjustment. I had to push the blade to the left to get it to work at all, and it often deckled the edge of the paper (not the effect I was looking for). So the new trimmer was a huge improvement.

BTW, it was a fun (not work) project I was working on. A friend was having a 60th birthday party, so I got a photo of him from his wife (on the sly), scanned it, photoshopped his head onto another body, added some other artwork and 3D lettering, and created fake beer bottle labels. Had them printed on heavy stock at a local service bureau, which did a great job, including adding some kind of coating to keep the artwork from smudging.

Anyway, I cut out the labels, glued them over the existing labels on a six-pack of beer (carton was spray-painted black and also labeled), and presented them to the birthday boy. It was a big hit.

Too bad I can't do stuff like this for a living. <g>

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Anyway, I cut out the labels, glued them over the existing labels on a six-pack of beer (carton was spray-painted black and also labeled), and presented them to the birthday boy. It was a big hit.

Too bad I can't do stuff like this for a living. <g>
No kidding! What fun! Gives me a great idea for "honoring" my husband's next "0" birthday in 3.5 years!

   
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Gives me a great idea for "honoring" my husband's next "0" birthday in 3.5 years!
Well, you've got plenty of time! Just don't wait until the last minute like I did. I procrastinated and ended up not having time to explore my options with various service bureaus. I had to send the files out right away to avoid paying rush charges. It ended up costing me $100 ($75 for a 20 x 24 color print plus $25 for the coating to protect from smudging).

That was the biggest expense. I bought two stock photos from istockphoto.com for $5 each and bought a can of spray adhesive for about $5.

It was all worth it to see the look on the guy's face -- when we presented him with the six-pack, he first thought it was just a real, albeit unusual, brand of beer. When he finally noticed that his own photo was on the label, he was just stunned. It was priceless.

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When he finally noticed that his own photo was on the label, he was just stunned. It was priceless.
I'll bet!

   
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