Services

Established in 2003 by Kevin Church and Diana Yukich, opticmix is a specialist digital printing service dedicated to production of Fine Art and Photographic prints.

Fine Art digital print making.

We use Epson large format printers-

SureColor Production 20070 a 64″ (1626mm) with Epson UltraChrome® Pro all-pigment aqueous ink, can print up to 1600mm wide by any length dependent upon chosen stock dimensions.

Surecolor P5070 with Epson’s latest UltraChrome® HDX all-pigment aqueous ink , suited to cut sheet and double-sided printing to A2 size.

We print on acid-free papers and canvas. The world’s foremost testing laboratory for inkjet archival permanence, The Wilhelm Institute in USA, claims a display life for pigmented inks on acid-free paper of 75 to over 120years, under standard display conditions, before any colour change is apparent to the human eye.

Mounting and lamination.

mountingequipopticmix has installed equipment so that we can mount and laminate our print output. As this is to support our printing for exhibition and presentation purposes, we are not offering hot encapsulation lamination, but have focused on higher quality cold laminates. We use pH neutral adhesives and combined with substrates like Di-bond and Kapa board this offers a mounting solution which is as archival as is possible.

 

 

Scanning.

We operate Imacon 848 for negative and transparency film 35mm – 4x5in. formats. For reflective(hard copy) scanning we operate an Epson 4990.

For reproduction of framed artwork and work larger than A3 we recommend photographic capture and have working relationships with a number of photographers offering analogue and high resolution digital services.

Profiling.

We use Gretag Macbeth Eye One spectrophotometer and software to calibrate monitors and profile our printing stocks.

Coating.

opticmix uses an HPLV spray system for coating canvas with a varnish specifically designed for digital prints to give surface protection and increased UV protection.

Papers/substrates.

We use a wide range of papers and other substrates, at present these include:

Epson Hot Press Natural 315gsm

Breathing Color MT 300gsm

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm

Hahnemuhle Phot Rag Pearl 320gsm

Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm

Ilford Galerie Gold Fiber Silk 315gsm

Ilford Galerie Mono Silk 270gsm

Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth 330gsm

Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm

Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm

Metallic Gloss 260gsm

Breathing Color Lyve Canvas