Large Format Printing – LightJet Photo Prints
Large Format Printing Photographically
Why the LightJet is Superior for Fine Art & Large Format Printing.
It’s in the details – literally, The construction of the Lightjet is superior to the Lambda due to the ways that each device projects it’s laser light onto the photographic paper.
The LightJet loads it’s paper into a perfectly round, precision engineered drum with the laser beam that travels dead center along the axis of the drum’s circle. This means the laser always strikes perfectly perpendicular to the paper, a perfectly round laser dot across the entire image area. The result is maximum sharpness and detail across the entire print – corner to corner, edge to edge.
Unfortunately the Lamda uses a stationary laser that swings in an arc as the paper moves along a track. This causes the laser to be “bologna cut” as it moves away from the center of the print towards the edges – creating longer and longer oval pattern. So the only perfectly sharp area of this print is precisely down the middle. As the laser moves towards the edges, the print increasingly suffers detail and sharpness loss. While this design allows for extremely long prints over ten feet, the loss of quality is substantial and noticeable. Such print lengths provide productivity benefits to the company making the print, but not to the fine artist customer looking for the finest print available.
For photographers who have invested in expensive lenses to get edge to edge sharpness, it’s clear that the flat-transport technology is taking away the benefits you paid to get.
We are a nationally recognized leader in fine-art grade large format archival printing for the professional Creative. We price competitively whether you need one print or a full edition, and our TrueArt™ Process guarantees your satisfaction.
Archival, Rich with Color and Detail.
Large format photo printing on photo print materials for fine art gallery display, high-end portraiture, and wall murals, combining the top-of class award winning LightJet and our TrueArt™ Process delivers affordability and accuracy that you can depend on time after time. We have produced these excellent gallery level prints for national artists, their galleries, Smithsonian exhibitions, museum photo backgrounds, and more.
Large Format Latent Image Photo Printing
LightJet Photo Prints featuring Fuji Crystal Archive professional papers. Your TrueArt™ photo print professional uses a carefully calibrated work-flow, and consistent calibration and top-of-the-line equipment to ensure the best possible color accuracy in your prints. Using very thin laser beams, your professional latent-image print is imaged at incredibly precise resolutions, ensuring crisp, sharp detail from edge to edge. All of our ICC photo print profiles are available for your proofing convenience on our Calibration & Profiles page
Did you know that most online photo printers don’t even LOOK at your print before it ships? Hard to believe right? Much of the labs around the country have moved deeply into automated systems so they can sell the cheapest print. We don’t agree with that philosophy – we want to deliver the highest quality print. Quality is not just a result of equipment and materials; it’s heavily influenced by who is generating the print. Machines simply cannot replace the human factor when it comes to visual media.
One measurement of quality is getting the color and look that you anticipated. In the digital world, that expectation comes from what you see on your monitor. So maintaining a calibrated monitor and workflow is key to an end result that meets your expectation. We recommend the use of color profiles, but unlike other labs, you are not forced to use them. We know you like options so we give YOU complete control over how you color manage your files and your workflow. More information on our recommendations for calibrating to our large format printing services can be found by clicking here.
You can trust us as your premier provider of large format Digital Prints. To experience the advantages and exceptional control of contrast and tonal range of the digital realm, you can easily send your 150-300p.p.i RGB or Greyscale tiff/jpeg files on disk or electronically via the easy upload page, and we’ll get started on your digital photo prints right away.
The LightJet is the top of the class of large format digital photo printers; LightJets are considered to be the finest quality photographic printers available today. This digital technology provides you the best possible photo printing with edge to edge sharpness that no other photographic large format printer can achieve. These devices have changed the way photo labs, artists and photographers do business. LightJets use lasers to expose photographic materials such as Fuji Crystal Archive color C-print and Kodak Metallic photographic paper. Other digital laser photo printers like the Lambda also use lasers but due to their construction, don’t compare to LightJet’s amazing edge-to-edge quality. Printing at 300dpi, (an apparent 4000 dpi halftone resolution!) Unlike inkjet, LightJets produces a true continuous tone photographic print. LED digital printers like the Chromira, just cannot compare to the sharpness and detail of the LightJet. Because your image is in digital form, you have amazing control over color, contrast and density making LightJet photographic prints far superior to other online photo printing.
Large Format Printing Options on Photographic Material
Your print is available on a variety of photographic materials including Fuji Crystal Archive and Kodak metallic color papers for traditional high-quality printing.
Fujitrans and SuperGloss/Fujiflex (Fuji’s improved competitive products for Kodak Duratrans, Kodak Duraflex), are used for advertising graphics, point-of-purchase, large format prints, trade show displays, backlit signage and rollable or portable graphics. Anywhere durable polyester based materials are required.
While you can send us all types of images, we specialize in high-end limited edition fine-art digital printing. Fuji Crystal Archive or Kodak Metallic color paper, are ideal for the fine art photographer or artist who wants to offer archival quality, photographic editions to galleries or collectors.
Lightjet Large Format Prints are on Traditional Photographic Latent Image Papers
The LightJet prints large format digital photo prints up to 50 inches x 120 inches in one piece as a color photographic print. Digital Black and White files are printed on color paper, rendering a beautiful grayscale print.
These professional large format printers have an endless list of applied uses such as satellite space imaging prints, aerial photographic prints, commercial and fine art color prints and wall murals. You can even print from your press-ready files (we recommend a conversion to RGB colorspace for all your scanned images). The LightJet will print to most any usable size; whether your needs are for a 5 x 7 inch or a 4 x 10 foot large format photographic print or mural, the LightJet digital laser printer can handle the job. You’ve never seen digital camera prints look so good! With the LightJet you can also produce multiple panels to increase the overall size of your color or chromogenic black and white mural-sized or poster-sized print. Whether it is two panels or ten panels, available space and your imagination are the only limitations. Wall Mural sized prints on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper can be hung like photo wallpaper.
Files should be jpeg or tiff in sRGB or Adobe 1998. We recommend a calibrated display and the use of our profiles.
Large Format Giclee Printing On Inkjet
Gone are the days when full artist editions had to be run at one time. With our high-end Giclee fine art prints, your editions can be run in smaller batches, as little as one print at a time. Why spend your money printing thousands of artist Giclee prints on speculation? Move up to the Hottest Fine Art Prints available, Giclee Prints For The Artist
Two of the biggest buzzwords in the art-market today are “Giclee Print”, and “Pigment Print”. If you are looking for Canvas Gallery Wraps or Deckled Water Color Paper, we are your professional Giclee Printing source. With an ultra-high apparent resolution of 1800 d.p.i., and the ability to print on many fine art substrates, the Giclee processes are commanding a great deal of gallery and professional print buyer attention. Ideal for fine art limited editions, the Giclee fine art print has become the preferred method for fine art reproduction world-wide.
Many clients feel that our years of ground breaking technical experience in the creative digital realm provides for fine art prints that outperform others for color fidelity and detail. The larger color gamut of Giclee makes it an ideal medium for highly saturated works.
The mystery behind “Giclée”
You probably already know that the word “Giclee” is French, with a loose English translation of “to spray”. But there is no magic behind a fine art Giclee print. A Giclee printer is not a printer per se, but rather an expensive high-end ink-jet printer with higher resolution heads and the ability to work with archival fine art inks and substrates such as, Giclee watercolor papers, Giclee canvas, and other art and graphics printing papers. By using “archival” inks, this printing medium preserves your fine-art and portrait photo print buyer’s investment; making your artwork a more attractive purchase. And just how archival is a Giclee artist print? There is a great deal of debate surrounding the longevity of Giclee prints, much of it a result of differing opinions on how to “correctly” test the longevity; the truth is, no one really knows for sure, but best guesses from testing place them between 70 and 100 years when archivally stored – less when hanging on a wall. Before we decide on the paper and canvas stocks we run through our Giclee printers, examine manufacturer specifications on longevity and we test the printing papers to make sure the print quality meets our stringent professional guidelines. We take the risk out of printing photos online, your satisfaction is completely guaranteed, and we have an A+ rating with the BBB.
Black & White Giclees Offer Stunning Tonal Range and Detail Black & White files printed on Giclee result in stunning B&W Prints in the same large print sizes and pricing as we offer in color Giclee Prints. You will be amazed at the beauty of the expanded tonal range and clarity of detail in these exhibition quality fine art Giclee prints. The standard features include continuous-tone like look, image permanence, tonal control and exquisite appearance while offering the unique advantage of greater dynamic range over conventional wet process printing.
Large Format Printing on Custom Photo Wallpaper
Printing on custom photo wallpaper for decor, displays and wall murals.
Increase your impact! A custom wall mural or photo wallpaper supports and enhances the visitor’s experience. Wall murals draw people in to take a closer look.
Printing on Vinyl Banners
Large format printing on vinyl banners for shows, events, and temporary signage
Perfect for interior signs! Indoor vinyl banners are printed on one side. By printing four color, on matte vinyl, these high resolution prints can be used as point-of-purchase signage. You have the option to have your banner finished with hems and grommets, this banner is completely ready to hang as soon as you receive your order.
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