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What is a Digitlal Fine Art Print?
What is a digital fine art print? Until now, it has been generally accepted that a digital fine art print is a print made on an inkjet printer using archival inks and paper. The quality of the printer model, ink and paper have been the sole determining factors. Our print partners would argue that to make a “digital print” a “digital fine art print”, it must have more factors considered than just printer, paper and inks. Initial file quality and handling, as well as, the condition of the resulting physical print are just as important in making a true fine art print.
Our definition of a digital fine art print revolves around one general rule. This rule is that the print must not show any signs of the process. Your print must be free of digital image and print related flaws. These flaws include, but are not limited to: pixelization, soft focus, bad image editing, banding from a printer, ink on the border or back of prints, smudges, and dings or dents in the paper. There can’t even be a little cotton seed embedded in the paper or it is technically a flawed print. Even the best substrates include these aesthetic flaws. All prints are inspected to ensure they meet the highest of standards and are rejected if they fail to meet this standard.
We believe that a digital fine art print should also be archival. All of the paper, canvas and inks used by our printing partners are archival, and are rated to last 125+ years.
You must have a properly created, handled, and processed digital file to create a clean, crisp print that qualifies as a digital fine art print. If you make a print and you see pixels, lack of clarity, over-sharpening or evidence of other file editing you will have only a run-of-the-mill digital print on your hands. Making true digital fine art prints crosses into the fine art realm when all factors are taken into consideration.
The utmost care is taken to keep the fine detail and match all colors, hues and subtle nuances of the original painting. Experts inspect all final prints and will reject and reprint any print that show flaws.
Fine art digital printmaking is a true craft. The work that goes into preparing the image for digital printing is more labor intensive as the traditional methods. Proofs are routinely pulled and skilled technicians work tirelessly adjusting the color and tone to ensure a flawless reproduction of your digital fine art piece.
High-Quality Paper – German Etching
310 gsm · 100% α-cellulose · white · genuine mould-made paper
Hahnemühle German Etching is a traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating designed especially for FineArt applications. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterized by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and it’s fine, clearly defined felt structure. The unique surface texture adds a very special touch to images, showcasing them in all their splendour with impressive three-dimensional effect and depth. The premium matt inkjet coating guarantees outstanding print results with excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep black and optimum contrasts. German Etching is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance. This heavyweight Fine Art inkjet paper is one of the most popular paper for Fine Art prints and art reproductions thanks to its characteristic tactile feel and surface texture. German Etching ® is a registered trademark in the US.
- 310 gsm, 100% α-cellulose
- Clearly defined felt structure
- Matt premium inkjet coating for outstanding print results
- Acid- and lignin-free
- ISO 9706 conform / museum quality for highest age resistance
- Compatible with pigment and dye inkjet systems