Prints are professionally produced by www.colourfasteditions.co.uk below is a description of the process taken from their website.
In its purest form, giclée printing is defined by high-quality prints produced on a sophisticated inkjet printer using archival inks and media to ensure the highest quality and accuracy of reproduction.
The latest generations of inkjet printers employ extended inksets using up to 12 inks to cover a larger gamut or colour range encompassing both bright, vivid primary colours and the most delicate tints and subtle tonal gradations. Due to the greater number of inks used in giclée printing and the method of applying these inks to the media, the giclée process is superior to conventional litho printing in both its colour gamut and resolution, as well as offering a far wider choice of media.
The giclée process also allows prints to be produced on demand, in quantities as low as a single print at any one time, without the up-front expense of press setup and the relatively large minimum print runs associated with litho printing. Prints can be produced to order when sold, so that there is no need for the artist to hold a stock of prints and no risk of being left with unwanted prints if an edition fails to sell out. Furthermore, original files can be simply repurposed at minimal cost to allow prints on different media or at alternative sizes, offering a further range of sales possibilities.
Our fine art prints are produced exclusively by the giclée process. In the hands of a skilled printmaker, the prints produced by this process are virtually indistinguishable from the original artwork, with a rated lifetime usually in excess of 100 years.
In keeping with our philosophy of producing only the finest quality output, our studio utilises the Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF8300 wide-format printer with its enhanced 12-ink LUCIA EX inkset for the ultimate in colour accuracy, gamut and definition, with independently rated print lifetimes in excess of 100 years under normal display conditions. Our printers are driven by the latest version of the ColorGATE professional RIP which employs a 16-bit colour engine for improved quality, with smooth tonal gradations and optimised detail reproduction.
We operate a fully colour-managed and calibrated workflow using X-Rite professional profiling equipment and software, and we meticulously profile our print media in-house in order to ensure the most accurate match of the final print to your original artwork. This system also enables us to maintain the calibration and colour consistency of the printer to a defined standard, ensuring a match for prints from both the beginning and the end of an extended edition.
For your convenience, we stock a selection of fine art and photographic media in 44″ width. We particularly recommend the Canson Infinity range of Digital Fine Art media, which offer the highest quality and the widest gamut of the fine art papers we have tested, with Velin Museum Rag and Arches Aquarelle Rag proving especially popular with our clients for the quality of their finish and the end results.
For canvas prints we recommend Breathing Color’s Lyve canvas, and can supply these either unstretched or stretched as standard or gallery wraps, subject to shipping requirements. All our canvasses are finished with multiple coats of either Timeless or Glamour II Veneer museum-grade giclée varnish for mechanical and UV-protection, applied by professional quality HVLP spray coating for an unrivalled finish and available in matte, semi-gloss or full gloss finish as preferred.
Other media can be obtained to order, usually within approximately two days depending on our suppliers’ stock levels. A further minimum of two days lead time should be added for profiling of media outside our standard range of products. Please contact us to discuss options if you require a specific media type or finish that does not form part of our normal stock range.
For the best results, we prefer to photograph the original artwork ourselves under controlled conditions in our own studio, as this permits the most accurate reproduction; however, we can also print directly from your own digital file if this is of sufficient quality. If you do wish to use your own files, we will be pleased to advise on preparing a suitable file for print and on obtaining the best reproduction quality from your artwork.