In major museums and art galleries throughout the world the best fine art prints are now digitally produced. The printers/inks that we use at Opticmix produce prints on a range of archival papers and canvases that are rated as being light fast for up to 200 years.
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 these Epsom pigmented inks on acid-free paper of up to 200 years, 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 an 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.
Opticmix uses equipment and software to profile our monitors and printers, we are now using xrite iPublish Pro 2. This is a perpetual activity as the technology improves and the process requires constant checking to ensure consistency.
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.
Opticmix uses a wide range of papers and other substrates, at present these include:
Epson Hot Press Natural 310gsm
Epson Hot Press Bright 310gsm
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultrasmooth 305gsm
Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm
Ilford Galerie Gold Fiber Silk 310gsm
Ilford Galerie Mono Silk 270gsm
Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth 310gsm
Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm
Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm
Ilford Galerie Prestige Metallic Gloss 280gsm
Breathing Color Lyve Canvas