For the nerds, the discerning & the curious…
WHAT TYPE OF PAPER DO YOU USE FOR YOUR PRINTS?
The papers used for my prints are all of an archival quality, meaning that they should last between 100 to 200 years if framed & placed correctly in your end environment. This basically means getting them framed professionally, so they are sealed correctly, then keeping them out of environments that have radically changing humidity or temperature levels & definitely keeping them out of direct & reflected sunlight, even if they are behind museum glass.
1. FINE ART MATTE
Used for my colour prints with subtle & delicate colours to them.
Photo Rag Bright White is the first choice for all users who prefer an especially bright white 100% cotton paper.
Smooth surface texture & archival standards, its premium matte ink-jet coating meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation & image sharpness while preserving the special touch & feel of genuine art paper.
2. PLATINE FIBRE RAG
Used for my black & white images, giving them a glorious finish.
Platine Fibre Rag is a premium 100% cotton Platinum paper. With the latest micro-porous coating, making the traditional darkroom paper now available for museum quality digital printing.
Setting the benchmark for Digital Darkroom papers, Platine Fibre Rag provides the aesthetic & feel of the original F-Type Baryta Fibre paper, having a true pure white tone without using optical brighteners that are known to affect the longevity of digitally produced images.
Platine Fibre Rag’s extremely high Dmax & exceptional grey tones make it the product of choice for the more discerning black and white as well as colour photographic prints.
Used for my colour images that need that little bit of punch & vibrancy to really make them pop & come to life.
Fujicolor Crystal Archive Preferred Paper is the latest offering from Fujifilm’s Crystal Archive family of colour papers for discerning photographers. Distinctive characteristics include a thicker, stiffer base with optimised silver halide crystals for laser exposure yet optically compatible. These result in vivid colour reproduction, brilliant whites, & excellent image stability.
ARE THESE GICLÉE PRINTS?
Don’t know what Giclée prints are? Follow along for a quick & easy introduction.
The first thing you need to know is that it’s pronounced ‘Zhee-Clay’. The word is taken from a version of the French word ‘la giclée’, meaning ‘that which is sprayed or squirted’.
Giclée printing is a type of ink-jet printing – but importantly, not all ink-jet prints are giclée prints. Giclée printing is meant to produce a product at a higher quality & with a longer lifespan than a standard desktop ink-jet printer.
Originally, the word was used to describe digital reproductions of conventional artworks (painting or drawing) or photographs. Today, it is generally accepted that a giclée print can also be a work created entirely in a digital work-flow on a modern computer application like Photoshop.
Technically, there are three criteria to be met, for the term giclée to be able to be used in relation to a print.
- Resolution needs to be above 300 DPI (dots per inch). This creates the super fine detail you want in a fine art photographic print.
- For giclée printing, the paper or substrate used to actually print the final piece must be of archival quality. Any professional series paper will probably indicate if it is archival quality on the box. Typically it will say it is acid free & consists of a 100 per cent cotton or rag base.
- The last element in a true giclée print is the type of ink & printer used. The biggest contrast between a standard ink-jet print & a giclée print is that giclée’s are printed using pigment-based inks rather than the dye-based inks found in lower-cost ink-jets.
- Pigment-based inks have a longer lifespan, & can last anywhere from 100 to 200 years without significant fading. The type of printer used to create giclée’s is usually a larger format model that specifically uses pigment-based inks & will hold around eight to 12 different colour ink cartridges. The more inks used, the more sophisticated the colour range available on final output.
WHAT PRINTER AND INKS ARE USED?
My prints are printed on the industry standard Epson Stylus Pro 11880, which has nine ink cartridges. The inks used are genuine EpsonUltraChromeK3® inks, & when used on the archival quality papers I have selected to use, you can rest assured that the results are of archival quality.
The Epson Stylus Pro 11880
WHO DOES YOUR PRINTING?
Black & White Photographics at Stepney, South Australia, do an incredible job of creating amazing prints consistently & without any fuss or bother.
WHO DOES YOUR FRAMING?
All Frames & Mirrors at Lonsdale, South Australia do an incredible job of creating the top quality frames, mounting the prints, applying the glazing & appropriate sealing of the backs to keep out the dust, & minimise any humidity or temperature changes that may otherwise adversely affect the prints.
Options are great, so here’s the menu.
- All images can be printed at A3, A2 or A1 sizes.
- They are available framed (for pick-up in Adelaide, South Australia only) or unframed (anywhere in the world).
- Only 20 copies of each image will ever be printed in these larger sizes.
- Another 50 copies of each image are available in smaller 9″x6″ print sizes, already mounted on backing card & with a white matte surround at 12″x8″, ready for you to slip into a frame or use them just as they are.
- Certificates of authenticity accompany all print purchases, I choose not to scribble on the surrounding mattes.
- Discounts can be arranged on multiple purchases.
& my only restriction is…
- My images are not available on canvas, I’m sorry, but they would lose too much detail & subtlety being printed out on that medium.