Digital Printing At HomeNovember 21, 2013
Take your photos beyond the JPEG with Fine Art digital papers – at home!
Whether you use a DSLR, a point and shoot, or your mobile phone’s camera, you’ve likely taken photos that have only been seen on a display screen. Bring the images and memories you’ve captured to life with digital fine art papers and your home printer.
Just as the world of photography has changed dramatically with the introduction of digital cameras and photo editing software, so has the world of photo papers. You’re no longer limited to glossy or matte. Whether you’re starting with a digital photograph, a restoration of an old favourite, or a digital image of a work of art you’ve created and want to share or exhibit, now you can choose a paper that will give you the texture and colour that will best suit your image.
Watercolour, printmaking, and pastel papers are all now available for printing at home, many of which are available in a variety of weights. There are even papers such as Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl and Metallic Silver which produce magical results and near-3D images!
If you are new to fine art digital papers, you will find they are just as easy to use as any other paper you have put through your printer, yet the brilliant difference in the final printed results is very noticeable. Papers produced for digital printing are coated with a solution that maximizes the colour gamut and ink distribution for optimum colour and tonal reproduction. Not only will your colours be bright and crisp, with the archival quality of the papers and the proper care, your prints should last for decades.
Opus has collected a huge selection of digital papers to help from well-respected manufacturers such as Ilford, Canson, Moab, Hahnemühle, and Strathmore to suit every digital printing need. From cards packaged with envelopes and ready to send or sell, to digital papers in standard sizes between 4″ × 6″ and 24″ × 30″, you’ll find an excellent range of digital papers to suit every type of printing project.
Brands such as Ilford and Canson are favourites to many photographers, as they have been producing photographic papers for years. Strathmore papers are familiar to most artists, and Hahnemühle fine art and printmaking papers will be familiar to many printmakers. While each of these companies is already well-respected for their earlier papers, they have all developed a wide range of paper surfaces prepared for digital printing, so you can get the look, feel and weight of the traditional fine art papers best suited to many styles of artwork. Paper ICC profiles are available from these manufacturers, and can be downloaded and installed on your computer. These profiles will indicate to your printer what the preferred ink settings and quantities are for your paper selection. Using these profiles will ensure that the perfect amount of ink is dispensed so that the best results are achieved.
With the holiday season upon us, now is the ideal time to discover the world of digital papers and varnishes carried at Opus. The convenience of creating and printing your images at home is a huge benefit at this busy and chilly time of year. Printing and assembling an album to look at and flip through is a fun and easy project to make.
For those looking to put their printers to use in the making of gifts, there are lots of digital craft products and ideas for fun things to make. Custom T-shirts can be made using Lazertran Iron-On Transfers. Try Graphix Rub-Onz Transfers for your own rub-on transfers, or Lazertran Waterslide Decal papers to make personalized gifts by using your own images and transferring them to an alternative surface such as glass, tile, wood or porcelain. Create customized packaging for gifts using new Avery products such as gift tags, labels, and even Fold-top bags for homemade baked goods or gifts.
Give digital printing a try and see how easy and convenient it is to create beautiful prints and gifts using your own images in the comfort of your home.
Opus carries the largest selection of fine art digital papers in BC, allowing you to fully express your creative vision. View the full range in store to find the perfect papers for your prints and, if you don’t want to print it yourself, our Fine Art Digital Printing Services offers the same range of paper choices! Here are a few examples: