So you have your original Artwork in the form of a photograph, transparency, illustration, painting or drawing and you are looking to reproduce them for publishing, to sell or even enlarge them for Exhibitions or Visual Displays.
There are many printers that offer a good service, however understanding what they offer can be very daunting (especially when the use of *RGB or **CMYK is thrown into the mix): More importantly not all printers have a prepress facility and that’s where we are the missing link between your original artwork and the final printing.
The first question to ask should be: What is the original art form (flexible, transparency, mounted, delicate, book?) and what are you looking for as the end result?
Once this is established, it then enables the right scanner to be used – the choice between a flat bed scanner or a drum roll scanner. Both have their place and for some jobs both scanners will be used to ensure the final size or digitized image is best replicated.
For instance on a drum scanner a 35mm transparency can be enlarged upto 30 times to over 1 metre in size or if the original artwork is large and flexible, the drum scanner is ideal for this.
If an artwork is framed and/or created using oils, pastels or is extremely delicate, using a flat bed scanner is the best option with less handling. If it is a large format, it is scanned in sections and then digitally it can be remastered. Technically there is a lot more work involved and this is where the expertise of an operator is truly appreciated as their skill is paramount for the final results.
Louise Aldridge is an artist who offers bespoke prints of her paintings to clients.
When Louise called to speak with us, (after searching on google) she had a vision of what she wanted but didn’t know exactly how to achieve it.
After visiting our studio and having a chat with Nick, this proved to be a great starting point to working together and keeping in touch regularly to ensure that Louise was happy with the final prints.
As every order is individually printed, Louise wanted to ensure the colours were quality controlled and replicated the original art work. After scanning the original we were then able to check the images by outputting a proof and the high resolution image is then stored for future prints. This then enables for bespoke sizing of the final print to be flexible to each client’s size requirements, whilst maintaining consistency (which is an art form in itself).
To see more of Louise’s art please see her website https://www.louisealdridge.com/
** CMYK: CYAN-MAGENTA-YELLOW-BLACK
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