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FINE ART PRINTING & REPRODUCTION CENTER

At take5studio, we understand with lots of respect the work of artists and fellow photographers and we value the hard work they put in the making of their unique work of art.

When asked to produce a print, we do it with the artist’s own vision in mind: Colors, tones, light and details should be preserved and should reflect the artist’s envisioned work atmosphere.

Our digital darkroom is constantly fine-tuned, starting from our calibrated monitors and up to accurate in-house ICC profiling for the different archival media used: We do not settle for less than outstanding prints that are up to the standards of the “giclee” print industry and the artist’s expectations.

 

Giclee Printing Process

Giclee, a French word for a spray or a squirt, is an elevation in printmaking technology. It is the most used technology in fine art printing and reproduction. High resolution digitized images are printed with archival quality ink onto archival art media and various substrates such as canvas, fine art, and photo-based paper. Giclee prints render far better color accuracy than other processes of reproduction.

 

Our line of Media

Print mastering throughout the digital workflow wouldn’t make sense if at the end the media used for the output were not up to what is expected from them: Wide color gamut and archivability.

A work of art is meant to live long and challenge the conditions of time and space.

To bring you the best, we went through extensive market search and testing of a variety of media, which extraordinary media makers have spent years, sometimes hundreds of years, fine-tuning their manufacturing process.

Our selection of exquisite media, most of which are acid-free, pure cotton, and mould-made are exclusively aimed at the Fine Art Market. Hahnemuhle, Sihl, Tecco, Ilford, and Epson are few of the most prestigious brands we carry, with products ranging from 100% cotton archival paper and canvas to professional studio grade paper.

 

Inks

Since the advent of inkjet printers in the late 1980, the ink technology never stopped evolving. Ink manufacturers spent billions of dollars in R&D, among them, the vanguard printer and ink manufacturer, Epson.

With its latest generation of HDR Pigment and Resin ink, Epson has set the bar very high in terms of print longevity, with a lifespan of up to 200 years in some cases of ink/media combination. Click here for more

Unlike Dye Ink that can exhibit also an excellent color gamut, pigment ink excels in permanence. While dye ink is water-soluble, pigment ink on the other hand is not. With its larger particles, it tends to embed into the receiving substrate, thus, ensuring far superior archivability.

This is precisely the equipment and ink technology that we use to bring you the best in terms of fine art print.

 

Color Correction

At Take5studio, client’s files are treated with the utmost precaution and we always make sure not to alter any aspect of the work submitted to us for print, except in some rare cases where it is very obvious that the file requires color correction.

In this case, we send our feedback/remarks/recommendations to the client asking for permission to alter the work before proceeding with the print. A proof can be produced upon the client request prior to final print.

 

ICC Profiling

Understanding the science behind color separation is critical to managing a Digital Darkroom Workflow.

In some cases, although media come with the manufacturer ready-to-use ICC profile, printers’ behavior may vary from one to another, and new in-house ICC profiling becomes a necessity to achieve superior print quality.

 

Files Format Specifications

Format:

Files submitted could be PSD, TIFF or JPEGs, knowing that we do have a preference for TIFF.

JPEG unlike TIFF, have tendency to lose some of their information during the process of compression and uncompression that occurs during each opening and closing of the file. Click here for more…

Resolution:

Resolution and the final output size are determinants factors that need to be weighted in when submitting your file.

Although 300 dpi is the standard recommended, depending on the final print size, resolution less than 300 is accepted as far as the actual print size is reasonably proportional. Click here for more

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