Our mission is to put your photos on canvas. We believe that to achieve this, no compromises should be made. We use only
pigment-based inks which can produce a far wider gamut of colours than solvent, flat-bed or dye-sublimation inks.
These alternative inks are often used by other suppliers are more suited for sign-making and are designed to have better durability for the outdoors. The pigment inks that we use are more appropriate for photos and fine art printing. They have good UV resistance and have no odour/vapours. We only use genuine EPSON inks and printers.
Best quality for canvas prints
All of our canvas prints are produced @288quality not speed. We use Breathing Color © 450gsm polycotton blend canvas & Chromata White Archival canvas; which are ideal for photography and the reproduction of fine art. All of our professional customers appreciate the difference that our high quality process makes. We are also able to offer a 16-bit workflow which takes advantage of the ProPhoto RGB colour space. Please contact us for more information about this., while most other companies use 720dpi. In our experience, 2880dpi gives a much better colour gamut and better details, although it takes twice as long to print and uses much more ink. Our priority is
Digigraphie quality on all paper prints
All printing on photo papers is produced @2880x1440 dpi on a selection of EFI specialist papers, as well as on Epson's premium paper ranges. We are also pleased to introduce a range of Fine Art papers from Hahnemuhle. Our reproduction methods are classed as Giclee prints, and follow guidelines from Epson on the new Digigraphie technique introduced by Epson. We are also an Epson Certified Digigraphie Editor which allows us to produce digigraphie prints on a variety of substrates accredited by Epson.
STANDARD CANVAS PRINTS
On an everyday basis, we use two types of canvas media. Both of them are from American company - Breathing Colour.
Our standard 800M canvas is 450gsm, poly-cotton blend and is mainly designed for the reproduction of images for interior decoration purposes. It has high levels of Optical Brightening Agents (OBA's) which provide an extraordinary white point and better contrast. This canvas has a very good colour gamut and will be suitable for most applications. This canvas still produces quality looking canvas prints, only without an archival certificate. It is far superior to 99% of the polyester or cotton canvasses offered by competitors. It has medium texture, with Oxford 2-over-1 weave. Standard Canvas Data Sheet.
PREMIUM CANVAS PRINTS
We use Breathing Colour Lyve Archival-Certified canvas as a premium option. This 450gsm media has an Archival Quality Certificate issued by the Fine Art Trade Guild, which means that the high quality and print permanence has been tested and confirmed. This canvas is widely used by many artists for Giclee printed limited editions of their prints, and also by photographers to serve customers who expect a perfect product that will last over 100 years. It is produced without the use of OBA's. It is acid free and has a neutral pH coating. Combined with the Timeless Satin varnish that we use, Lyve canvas offers the most archival photo and art reproduction available. Lyve archival certification. Lyve Canvas Data Sheet.
We can also use any other media you'd like us to. We have used many different canvasses - including Hahnemuhle, Epson, and Hewlett Packard. We have customers for whom we stock and use their preferred canvas brands. The fact that we have our own colour calibration hardware and software allows us to produce profiles and use the canvas of the customer's choice. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information on that. There are no extra costs involved. The finished product price may be different than the prices advertised on our website for standard products.
All of the canvas prints we produce receive two coats of museum grade varnish atcost. As standard, we use Breathing Color Glamour II Gloss Giclee coating. It has been developed as a water based varnish which doesn't have the unpleasant smell specific to solvent based products.
A matte version is also available on request. There is also the possiblity to achieve a semi-matt or a semi-gloss finish. Please let us know your preference in the comment box at checkout.
There are many benefits to laminating your canvas:
- improves the contrast of the picture.
- enriches the colours.
- increases UV resistance.
- allows for the canvas to be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
- prevents mould/fungus forming on the canvas.
- protects the canvas from chipping and cracking.
We use 38mm deep European premium quality pine stretcher bars. These are made from finger jointed pieces of wood, are virtually knot-free and have a smooth finish. They compliment the premium finishing and high quality materials we use. Cross braces are used on all frames over 32" long. All canvasses are finished with backing tape and hangers.
READY TO HANG
All of our canvas prints come ready to hang - unlike many other companies, we believe a hanger is a basic part of the canvas print and do not charge extra for it.
We take the calibration process very seriously. It's as vital a tool in canvas printing as in any other printing process. The truth is that even best printers will not produce the best results if not calibrated correctly.
Even identical printers will reproduce colors in a slightly different way. All of our equipment has been calibrated using industry-leading hardware and software. We use EFI Colorproof XF - which has the footprints of all our printers.spectrophotometers with Profile Maker 5. Our printers are re-calibrated frequently to make sure your canvas prints are reproduced in best possible way. Every picture we print goes through the colour calibrating software -
Why calibration is so important?
Calibration consists of the following steps:
- Linearization - to make sure that the right amounts of inks are put on the canvas; each media has it's own characteristic for the maximum amount of ink it can take.
- Dot gain evaluation per each ink channel.
- Establishing the printer's own characteristics.
- Black tones balancing in the correct way without hue shift.
ICC media profiles are available to download in our blog section - profile for canvas prints. You can use them in Adobe Photoshop for soft proofing - giving you good indication of how your canvas photo is going to look like when printed. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require any further assistance. Please read our blog section on soft proofing if you'd like to use this option - Soft proofing canvas prints.
We use a high end, A3+ (up to 329x530mm) scanner with up to 20,000 dpi (interpolated) resolution - SCREEN Cezanne Elite - one of the best ever flat bed scanners. That means that none of the details from your originals will be lost. Your old negatives, slides or photos taken with a conventional camera will produce even higher quality canvas prints than from digital cameras. All your originals will be returned to you, together with your canvas prints. Please note that 35mm slides were never produced with large format printing in mind and although some can produce good quality large format prints they can have high noise levels which become apparent when printing at large magnifications.