Archival Printing


Archival Printing or Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) Printing or Fine art printing is fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.

Archival Printing is an art, which requires State of art equipments, Materials and also Superior creative colour sense to meet the expectations.

In simple terms, Archival Printing is just more than printing.

Snapita offers Photo walls and Canvas Prints only with Archival Printing.

At Snapita we use Epson 9900 printer with Epson UltraChrome™ High Dynamic Range (HDR) Ink, which is 11(10+1) colour printer which is known for supporting wider colour gamut in colour reproduction.

Epson 9900 with HDR Ink Delivers smoother tonal gradation from shadows to highlights, excellent color stability, long term lightfastness, highly accurate color control with neutral black and white, high gloss levels on water-resistant prints and significantly reduced graininess in skin tone areas.

Its dedicated Orange channel in particular contributes to reducing graininess in skin tone.

What is Archival Printing ?

Archival Inkjet Printing, also known as Pigment or Giclée Printing, is the preferred digital printing choice for artists due to its longevity and versatility.

The Giclée printing process involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper or canvas.

The image is colour corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original work if required. The digital information is fine tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring fidelity to the original.

Our Epson 9900 large-format printers use 11 separate inks with multiple black and gray channels for the most accurate color reproduction. With archival ratings in the 25-100 year range(depending on the type of paper), these prints set the standard by which all photographic printing is measured.

At Snapita We can print upto 44" wide on 40' roll. We print on Canvas, Fine art, Photographic and Coated Inkjet Photo Papers.

Paper choices :
Standard Papers: Enhanced Matte, Premium Luster
Fine Art Papers: Hahnemühle albrecht dürer
Each paper type has its advantages, depending on your image and individual aesthetic.

What is Pigment Ink?

ILFORD Imaging Dye and Pigment Technologies Image courtesy http://blog.ilford.com/category/technical-info/

As seen in above illustration, Pigment Inks are less soluble and particles are tiny in size than dye based inks. With 11 color printing by using the Pigment Inks, which increases the colour gamut.

What is Archival Quality?

Fine Art Papers are often described as being archival quality. What does it actually mean? Will it really required for your photography work? Will the paper really a Archival quality? Lets see in detail:

Beautifully captured moment is a chest. After all your efforts, emotions to capture that fantastic image, next thing would be Printing it, showcasing it and preserving it. Now how long will this print really last? It’s worth taking a second glance at what type of paper you’re printing with to ensure permanence for the art and photography you create. Is your paper archival quality?

As studied and understood in http://inkjetstation.com/blog/what-is-archival-quality/

Archival quality paper, also referred to as museum grade, according to ISO Standard 11108, means that:

  • The paper is acid free with a pH value between 7.5 and 10
  • The paper has an alkali reserve of at least 2% calcium carbonate
  • The paper is resistant to tearing
  • The paper is free of easily oxidized material, or lignin
  • The paper is made from cotton
  • The paper has a high endurance to breakage by folding
  • The paper with free of optical brightening agents

Archival quality papers are significantly stronger than permanent papers, can withstand more handling, and will last longer.

How do you know whether a paper has met these complex requirements for archival quality?

Wilhelm Imaging Research is an organization created to help technical and non-technical brains sort out the science behind archival quality by performing unbiased testing, so the rest of us can focus on creating photographs and art with confidence that they will withstand the test of time.

Wilhelm Imaging Research conducts independent research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs. WIR tests individual brands of paper for permanence with the most commonly used desktop and large-format inkjet printers and publishes the results, providing credibility to company claims that a paper is archival quality. Wilhelm Imaging Research is trusted by top museums, archives, and commercial collections with consulting services to ensure long term storage of the most precious items.

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