Why a Fine Art print?
A fine art print is a high quality print made
with great care to for long time.
What is the Fine Art print?
The Fine Art print processThe Fine Art term is today quite abused. Often it simply indicates a print on matte paper. But the real fine art print is the result of a bit more complex process. It is a print made on specific papers made from 100% cotton or alpha cellulose, lighin free and a neutral ph. To make these prints, appropriate pigment inks of at least 8 colors must be used to ensure a greater range of shades. This printing procedure allows the natural pigment-based inks to be deposited on the support ensuring a long life. The print quality is guaranteed by a sophisticated printing technology that allows you to deposit tiny drops of ink in order to faithfully reproduce the finest details, a wide range of color tones and shades of gray. Obviously the whole process must be managed accurately, profiling the cards and synchronizing all the steps so that the result is the desired one: having an impeccable print.
Types of paper Fine Art
There are many different cards available for fine art printing. The types of cards are first of all distinguished by the finish of the surface where the image is printed. The main difference can be between the glossy or matt (matt) finish.
The glossy finish is achieved by adding a coating by adding optical brighteners (OBA: Optical Brightener Agent). The OBAs allow to better refract some radiations of the blue of the light making the paper whiter and brighter than when it would naturally tend. The defects of this type of finish has 3 defects. The first is that over time the OBAs tend to degrade and therefore lose their shine by returning the paper to its natural state. The second flaw is that the presence of OBA can yield color effects based on the type of light or angle of incidence of the light that affects the print. This phenomenon is also called metamerism.
There are different types of glossy paper based on their finish: glossy, pearly or satin.
The matt paper
The matt paper is the one that is often identified with the fine art print. There are different surface finishes. The surface finishes can range from smooth (smooth) to structured (textured) with different grades. A classic fine art paper is slightly structured like the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag which has the typical finish of valuable arctic papers. Another interesting paper is the Canson Aquarelle which has a well-structured finish typical of watercolor papers.
Some sample of papers
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