Tips for Successful Digital Reproduction at Fine Print
- Communicate with your Customer Service Rep throughout the process. The more we know about you, your goals, and expectations, the more apt we are to deliver a finished print which will meet your needs.
- Giclée reproduction colors may not exactly match your original. As an artist you have an incredible spectrum of colors you can select and mix to create more colors. Our task is to reproduce the hue and density of your colors as precisely as we can, but with only seven or eight colors on our pallete. Our printers and software are incredible tools for this task, but some colors simply cannot be exactly reproduced. If you are unsure about how your image will reproduce digitally, please request to have our staff review your piece and recommend the process which will perform best for your work.
- Use a professional studio photographer or Fine Print to shoot your artwork. Unless you have a studio equipped with proper lighting, equipment, film, and experience, do not try this at home.
- Choose Fine Print to scan and perform image preparation. Our staff is trained to prepare an image specifically for Lumira and giclée printing. We inspect each digital file for imperfections, such as dust particles or other invaders, and correct them. We can also perform extensive image manipulation such as the removal of a telephone pole in an otherwise pristine landscape. Once an image has been cleaned and corrected, it can be optimized for the specific printer and media you have chosen. A test print is generated for our staff to check and if it meets our exacting specifications, your approval print will be created and shipped to you. We archive each digital file to ensure consistency from one order to the next.
- If you prefer to send us your own scanned image, please consult with one of our Customer Service Representatives prior to scanning and we will provide you with essential specifications. Not all scans are created equal. The scan and image prep for fine art printing is quite different from a web scan, archival scan or magazine-quality scan. For quality and convenience, you may want our talented staff to scan your image.
- An accurate guide print will help us create the best digital file for image creation. Our color technicians can perform best when they have an accurate guide as a reference. A print or positive transparency (slide) are best. If you request that we match your provided guide, please make sure the guide represents the density, contrast, and color you are expecting from our prints. Your guide’s exposure and the type of film it was produced on can be factors in accurate representation. Even digital files output differently from one process to another and a guide is the best way for Fine Print to meet your expectations.
- Choose the right substrate for your image. A unique profile must be created for each of these substrates and if a change is made from Lumira to canvas for example, a brand new set of digital instructions must be created. These charges are billable and you will be advised of charges prior to beginning work; however, the changes to the file will be archived for future orders.
- Always get an approval print of all new images. This is the best way to make sure that your expectations are being met and that there are no surprises – no unexpected results. Digital printing offers fantastic reproduction benefits to artists and photographers with stunning results. The most successful prints are a collaborative effort between creator and technician…with a little machinery thrown in.