About Fine Art Reproduction Printing Process
Candela Fine Art Printing is accredited by Hahnemuhle as a Certified Studio for Digital Fine Art Printing - one of only two studios on the West Coast! Candela uses Photo Rag Baryta, Fine Art Pearl, Photo Rag Matte, and William Turner extensively. These are premium papers that have luxurious appearance and feel great in hand, and offer excellent archival performance.
Image Capture: The most important part of artwork reproduction, fine art printing, and giclee printing is a high quality digital capture of original art. My drawings are digitally scanned for the highest quality, most accurate digital capture. As the artist, I work directly with the master printer to proof this high-resolution digital capture so that the final reproduction is accurate.
Proofing & Master File: Next, test strips of the master file are printed and artist-proofed against the original drawing. The image is proofed for overall density, contrast, color balance, and sharpness resulting in a master file that is archived in-studio for print on demand purposes.
Printing: This master file is directly printed onto the highest quality paper that mirrors the paper texture, hue, size, and weight of the original drawing. This direct-to-print process uses inks and quality cotton rag archival papers specifically designed for compatibility with archival inkjet printers. Candela Fine Art Printing is a Hahnemühle Certified Print Studio.
Archival Inkjet Printing: also known as Pigment or Giclée Printing, is the preferred digital printing choice for artists due to its longevity and versatility. Our Canon IPF9400 and IPF8400 large-format printers use 12 separate inks with multiple black and gray channels for the most accurate color reproduction. With archival ratings in the 60-100 year range, these prints set the standard by which all photographic printing is measured.