technology for museum quality:
have worked with many printers, but our favorites for
highest-quality 64" format utilizing pure archival
pigment inks have been the Roland FJ-600 and the Epson
Stylus Pro11880. The
64" width is a key benefit: this means the shortest
side of your print can measure up to 60 inches with
any length desired.
Stylus Pro 11880
- 9 Channel UltraChrome K3 w/ Vivid Magenta
- High-Resolution 2800x1440 dpi
- MicroPiezo TFP Print head
- 64" width (Unlimited Lengths)
- Brilliant pigment archival ink
printers are only ever as good as the techniques and
profiles used to drive them. Our master printer at ArtSource
is a color management expert and customizes profiles
to achieve client output goals on a wide variety of
materials. For more about printing see Giclee
Materials...Your Prints Will Not Fade!
used for archival giclee printing are highly specialized.
They are not dye-based “inks” - such as those
used with photography, standard ink-jet or iris printers.
Instead the giclee inks we use are water-soluable, fast-drying
pigment offering fine resolution and archival stability
superior to dye and wax based inks when finished properly
with a high-quality UV coating.
composition and coatings have significant impact on the
appearance and longevity of prints. At ArtSource we prefer
100% cotton for its maximum longevity, but for excellent,
predictable color results we're also starting to favor
some blends with fine weave, smooth high-white point matt
coating and durability benchmarks.
hesitate to request unusual materials to achieve a distinctive
look for your work. ArtSource recommends using only the
finest 100% Rag Watercolor Papers with smooth or mild
texture in brilliant white or natural white.
After drying, every Giclee on canvas needs a
protective coating because the print pigment is water-based.
Just as with all Giclee materials, the quality of coating
material is important in addition to artistry in application.