Printing Process

Summary

There is more than just a printer and a color calibrated monitor. We have invested tens of thousands of dollars in "under the hood" color management upgrades that allow us to achieve some of the best results available.

It starts with the 384 megapixel scanning process (not simply a click of a digital camera shutter), and ends with some of the widest gamut ink avialable to the industry. Its heavy pigment load provides a richness beyond OEM ink sets.

   

The Printer:

One of the best on the market.

We use one of the world's finest brands of large format ink jet printers.

Our printing process uses Epson equipment. As developers, Epson has been on the leading edge of the finest archival printing equipment: large format, ten color, pigmented ink printers. We have five large format inkjet printers in our process.

The best fine art media and the best printer is of little value without inksets that reach the color gamut that the artist paints. We have spent years of research and thousands of dollars experiementing with after-market inks in a pursuit to close the gap between an artist's ability to "out-paint" the technical limitations of an inkjet printer.

Though a gap still exists, we have truly distanced ourselves ahead of standard OEM inks: we have upgraded our ink system which now provides results unlike any we have ever seen: widest color gamuts, heavier pigment loads, and maximum ink longevity.

 

The Ink:

Rich and Loaded with Pigments.

We have installed an after market ink system that is unparalleled in its saturation and depth for aqueous inkjet systems. Standard OEM inks seem weak when compared to the pigment load of our upgraded inkjet system. Artists saw an immediate step-change in print color quality. Your prints will have an unexpected vibrancy and depth of richness if compared to the colors of your image printed with standard OEM inks.

Yellow ink has always been one of the weak links in the quest for increased longevity; but we utilize a pigmented yellow that boasts a heavier pigment load than those found in out-of-the-box printers. This results in yellows that help brighten and enrichen yellow, green, blue and red colors.

Not stopping with yellow, we changed out the remaining ink colors to brighter/richer greens, oranges, magentas and cyans. You will see an immediate depth and vibrancy in your print colors that was unavailable when we used standard OEM inks.

 

Exploding Our —already expanded— Color Gamut:

Our Color Gamut is fit for Royalty.

Print drivers and RIPS are forced to use black to fill-in the darker reds, blues and violets because of the limitations of standard inksets: They do not have the right colors to mix beautiful dark reds, violets and blues.

Instead of becoming darker blue, violet, or red, they become blacker (We know you've seen this but did not realize what was happening to your darker colors.) It is not that black is unnecesary, but why use it if the true color is available.

And now, it will be: This year, before the end of 2016, we will make another leap ahead of standard ink sets: we are adding a rich pigmented VIOLET to our ink system. This will allow your print's colors to reach truly rich and deep violets, blues, and reds that are impossible to reach with standard fine art printing inks.

 

FINE ART PRINTING SUBSTRATES:

We offer Archival Quality Fine Art Canvas and Paper

Fredrix Brand Fine Art Canvas

   

   

Sunset fine art materials all meet the Fine Art Trade Guild's Blue Wool 6 test standards for Limited Edition Prints.



Sunset Matte Canvas by Fredrix

Specifications are provided by the media manufacturer.

Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas brings the expertise of LexJet and Fredrix together for a breakthrough in canvas, featuring one of the highest white levels available for an OBA-free canvas. It’s easy to work with for stretching, mounting and framing, and is ideal for fine art and photographic reproductions on canvas. The acid-free, pH neutral, poly-cotton base provides consistency throughout the print run.

Features:
  • 20 mil, 470 gsm
  • One of the brightest white points for a natural, OBA-free canvas
  • Traditional two-over-one weave with a pH-neutral, acid-free base
       

Sunset Reserve Gloss Canvas

Specifications are provided by the media manufacturer.

Sunset Reserve Gloss Canvas has a high color gamut and is ideal for high-end prints. It’s easy to work with for stretching, mounting and framing, and is ideal for fine art and photographic reproductions on canvas. The acid-free, pH neutral, poly-cotton base provides consistency throughout the print run.

Features:
  • 15.5 mil, 345 gsm
  • Gloss finish with smooth texture
  • Traditional two-over-one weave with a pH-neutral, acid-free base
       

Fine Art Paper

Sunset Velvet Rag 315g Fine Art Paper

Specifications are provided by the media manufacturer.

LexJet Sunset Velvet Rag 315g (20 mil) boasts a 100% cotton rag base, with a velvet (or etching like) surface.  This paper is designed to meet the highest printing standards needed for museum quality, limited edition prints.

Features:
  • Exceptional for fine art and photographic reproduction
  • Velvet (or etching like) surface
  • 100% cotton rag base
       

Sunset Textured 310g Fine Art Paper

Specifications are provided by the media manufacturer.

Sunset Textured Fine Art Paper is a natural-white art paper with a textured print surface that can add a more painterly look to photographic prints and art reproductions. It can add surface dimension and visual interest to paintings and images that consist mainly of bold, loose strokes instead of intricate details.

Features:
  • Heavy weight (310g) and thickness (19-mil) provide luxurious feel of traditional artists' papers
  • Ideal for fine-art reproductions, especially paintings with a loose, expressive style
  • Natural-white, matte finish with a textured watercolor finish
       

Photographic Fine Art Paper

Sunset Photo eSatin

Specifications are provided by the media manufacturer.

LexJet's next-generation Sunset Photo eSatin 300g is a premium-quality, resin-coated inkjet photo paper that professional photographers rave about. They like it because the prints they deliver to their customers feel noticeably thicker, heavier, and more durable than mass-market inkjet photo papers; the latest generation is even thicker than before at 11.5 mil. The slightly textured, satin (or luster) surface is like the E-surface papers that were popular in darkroom printing. The print surface doesn’t show fingerprints or reflect glare like glossy papers. This paper’s excellent ink retention properties produce an exceptionally large color gamut for bright, realistically saturated colors and accurate skin tones. Plus, the latest version has an even wider color gamut and an improved white point for greater contrast.

Features:
  • E surface
  • 11.5 mil, 300 gram photo paper
  • Exceptional inkjet coating with wide color gamut

Sunset Photo Semi-Matte

Specifications are provided by the media manufacturer.

LexJet's next-generation Sunset Photo Semi-Matte is a low-gloss, resin-coated photo paper with a weight (270 gsm) and thickness (10.5 mil) comparable to other popular inkjet photo papers. Sunset Photo Semi-Matte was designed for professional portrait, wedding, event, and advertising photographers who want the lower-glare of a traditional smooth luster (N-surface) photographic print without visible gloss differential or bronzing in un-laminated or spray-coated prints. The paper is sufficiently water-resistant to avoid damage during everyday use. Plus, the latest version has a wider color gamut and an improved white point for greater contrast.

Features:
  • Lightly textured, low-glare finish
  • 10.5 mil, 270 gram photo paper
  • Exceptional inkjet coating with wide color gamut
       
       

"Just Out of Reach", by Jennifer Roberts

       
        "Beach Bum", by Jeff Hamachek, League City, Texas

   

Museums send their precious art exhibits on road trips throughout the world.

This allows them to display their collection to interested visitors, and it promotes the Museum's standing within the circles of art repositories.

Museums have found that they are now able to copy their precious pieces and loan them or send them out on exhibitions as giclee reproductions.

These include:

  • The New York Metropolitan Museum
  • The New York Guggenheim
  • The Rosenberg Library Museum in Galveston, Texas
  • The Boston Museum of Fine Art
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • The New York Public Library Art Collection
  • ...and many others not listed here.