Fine Art Guide

Choose Your Fine Art Printer

The main requirement of the printer is the colour fidelity it can deliver when your image is no longer a photo but a work of art.
This is attributed to the printer's ability to print colours and achieve smooth tonal gradations in photos, so the more cartridges the printer uses, the higher the print quality.
You should not choose equipment that works with less than 6 colours - ideally one with a 12 colour ink-set.

In addition to inks, you still need to pay attention to how the printer will drop ink onto the paper. For this you must choose a professional inkjet printer.  This type of technology brings a number of advantages to printing, such as the ability to handle fine art papers

***OurCanon imagproGRAF PRO2000 works with 12 colour inks


Use The Correct Ink

You should always use genuine supplies in your printer. A generic ink cartridge will damage expensive parts inside the printer. In addition, it may cause the machine to malfunction at the time of printing. Nor will a “generic” ink cartridge ever achieve the colouraccuracy of an original, important when it comes to fine art,.

 The correct type of ink you should use is pigment ink.
Unlike dye ink, pigment inks do not penetrate the paper, they stick to the surface.That way, every drop of ink that touches the paper will stay in the exact place it was dumped. In addition, pigmented inks are much more light and water resistant, which is excellent for the correct conservation of artwork.

***We use genuine Canon Lucia Pro pigment inks in our printer


The Fine Art Paper

The choice of paper will define the life of your artwork.Poor quality paper may cause the ink to fail to adhere perfectly and to maintain the recorded quality for a long time.
The wear will modify the tones of the image, impairing the fidelity of the work.
There are literally scores of options to choose from, so making a recommendation is difficult Manufacturers like Ilford  provide ICC profiles for download and they stock a variety of papers of different weight and textures

 ***We work with Ilford with have a swatch sample instore

Monitor Calibration

For accurate colour adjustments during photo editing, your monitor should be colour calibrated. Each monitor has different brightness, contrast, tint and colour range which makes it hard to ascertain if the edits performed on screen are indeed the effect intended on paper.

Colour matching tools such an X-rite ColorMunki standardise the way colour is displayed onscreen, hence giving you more confidence during the editing process.

*** we have an X-rite ColorMunki Smile available for hire

Step ICC Profiles for Fine Art Printers

An ICC profile is a file that has colour identity information for a particular paper and printer. Each ICC profile knows exactly how the printer should behave when printing on certain paper. Your computer alone will not be able to “tell”the printer how to print. Fine Art Paper manufacturers like Ilford produce ICC profiles for each of their papers

Preparing the images for printing

To maintain colour reproduction consistency with the millions of sRGB digital displays and online sharing of images, the world at large adheres to a common  standard, so as to avoid colour reproduction problems that occur when converting from one colour space to another. Leave your files as sRGB.
If converting from RAW save files as TIFF or JPEG.

How to keep or present fine arts

All work should be handled with caution and stored to protect them from creases, humidity, dust and UV light.

Matting and/or framing your fine art prints with archival materials and techniques provides the best possible protection. Acid-free mats combined with a UV protectant glass are recommended.Although acid-free and archival materials can be more expensive, it is worth itto protect the life and longevity of your prints. If you’ve invested in the highest quality prints, it makes sense to also invest in the highest quality materials to protect them. If you use non-archival materials to mat/frame your prints, they will yellow and/or fade over time greatly reducing the life of the print.

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