Our giclée printing process
We spent two years looking for the correct giclée machine to compliment our studio’s screen print output, precious as we were about our reputation for quality of print, and certain that any digital print we produced would need to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our screen print if it were to meet the high expectations of our clients.
Key for us was that our screen print expertise — pre-prep, focus on artwork handling, precise execution, and client satisfaction — could be perfectly utilised in our digital printing.
After exhaustive print trails, in mid 2017 we installed the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000, and have not looked back. The print quality and fluidity of process is overwhelming, and the integration with our screen print practice sublime.
The Canon uses a set of 12 Lucia Pro inks, which is a high longevity pigment ink system, and runs a 44” roll, which means we can print up to A0 and beyond, and in any length.
As with screen print, the ink is only half the picture, and for our giclées we offer a selection of acid-free & archival papers, including enhanced versions of our favoured 100% cotton Somerset, which is produced locally to the White Duck Editions studio at St Cuthberts Mill, where they have been producing this renowned paper range for more than 100 years.
Our giclée printing without doubt benefits from the same meticulous attention to detail that we give our screen print, and the opportunities for producing outstanding print is broadened by the dual output of our studio. We offer editioning that combines processes, where giclée prints can be embellished by screen print specific finishes.
In this way, digital printing is a fresh start, rather than the end, for our beloved traditional techniques.
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