Fine Art digital print making.
We use Epson large format printers-
11880 64in.(1600mm) with Ultrachrome K3 pigment inks, can print up to 1600mm wide by any length dependent upon chosen stock dimensions.
4900 with Ultrachrome HDR pigment inks, 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.
opticmix 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.
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.
We use Gretag Macbeth Eye One spectrophotometer and software to calibrate monitors and profile our printing stocks.
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.
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