GICLEE PRINTING

All our prints are produced on an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 44 inch Ultrachrome printer using archival Ultrachrome HDR inks. A selection of Epson Enhanced Matte, Epson Premium Luster, Epson Exhibition Canvas Satin and Matte, Epson Somerset Velvet, Epson Cold Press Natural are individually profiled using the Xrite EyeOne calibration tool.

Controlled colour enviroment, production staff, file storage, digital copy work.

A great combination of products and technology that ensure consistent quality results. Colour accuracy is determined using a GTI Print Viewer with day light balanced bulbs.

 

THE PROCESS

1- GETING THE IMAGE

To begin the process we need the image in our system. You can either use our FTP site or bring the image with you to our store (for more information about the FTP site give us a call).

For a better result we recommend an image already scaled to the desired size and a resolution of 300 dpi.

If your image or artwork needs to be digitized, QSQ offers custom hi-resolution scans from transparencies, negatives, or unmounted flat art. Scanning prices are based on the size of your original and the resulting file size.

2- ADJUSTING THE IMAGE

This phase include the cropping, resizing, and/or colour correction (this service is included in the price) if it’s required in order to match your image as close as possible. We can not guarantee an exact match, but we will do everything possible to bring your images to life.

If your image needs a major photoshop work, we also offer the service of "Photoretouch, Photorestoration, Editing and Major colour correction).

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For printings (works) on paper, we leave an extra 0.25" white border to facilitate the mounting process. For Canvas printing we add 2" for stretching purposes.

3- PROFILING

Once the image is completely adjusted we apply the proper profile (depending on the colour desired?). This process allows us to see exactly how the final printing is going to look on the surface selected (Canvas, Luster, Matte, etc...).

4- PRINTING

When everything is ready we begin the printing process.

We offer between 24 to 48 hours turn around depending on the quantity of images ordered.

If the prints are going to be framed behind glass, we strongly suggest waiting a minimum of 72 hours.

5- FOAM CORE MOUNTING (Just for Paper)

For those that are not going to frame their prints, QSQ offers the option of Foam core mounting.

6- STRETCHING (Just for Canvas)

All of our stretching are done on site. This allows us to be closer to your requirements.

Depending on how you're going to display your canvas (with framing or hung stretched as is), your options for stretching need to be considered before final printing. That is why we recommend any of these four options.

7- CLEAR COATING

Clear coating provides a 99% UV block as well as the necessary surface protection. It also provides sufficient protection for post embellishing or print enhancement.

Is recommended for photographic and fine art reproductions that are going to be displayed without glass in order to protect the prints from the environmental contaminants.

Clear coating is NOT optional for canvas output.

8- PICK-UP

At this point, your print is ready for pick-up.

We suggest that you pick-up your prints in person, so that your invoice will be final at the time of pick-up.

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Epson Technology

To produce our archival prints with amazing colour integrity, gloss-level, and scratch resistance we use Epson Stylus Pro 9900.

Representing Epson's next generation, the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 (44 inch) incorporate the latest achievements in photographic ink jet technology. By combining the precision of the MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the extraordinary performance of Epson Ultrachrome® HDR Ink, the newest generation of Epson Stylus Pro printers continue to represent a level of technology unprecedented in Epson's history.

Epson Ultrachrome High Dynamic Range (HDR) represents the latest generation of pigment ink technology. Now utilizing 10 COLOURS (including an all new ORANGE and GREEN) Epson Ultrachrome HDR Ink produces the widest colour gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer. Even more remarkable, when combine with the new Epson AccuPhoto™ HDR screening technology, Epson has once raise the level of print quality, while setting a new benchmark standard for photographic reproduction.

Epson AccuPhoto™ HDR Screening

*- Advanced ten-colour screening algorithm resulting in prints with superior colour and clarity.

*- Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp text and line art.

*- Produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions.

*- Extremely accurate highlight-to-shadow details.

*- No visible photographic graininess due to the printing process.

*- Ensures consistent color balance regardless of the viewing light source.

*- When combined with the precise dot placement accuracy of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, overall photographic print quality is dramatically improved.

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The Materials

- EPSON ENHANCED MATTE:

Archival quality 76 years approximately
Flat matte surface provides the optimum photographic platform.
Heavyweight stock delivers true photographic feel.
High colour gamut yields remarkable colour reproduction.
Epson Archival Ink compatibility ensures exceptional lightfastness ratings.

- EPSON PREMIUM LUSTER:

Archival quality 71 years approximately
Luster “E” surface finish.
Dries instantly for easy handling with Epson inks.
Highest colour gamut available for vivid colour reproduction.
10 mil thickness for accurate photographic feel.

- EPSON EXHIBITION CANVAS MATTE (395 gsm, 23 mil):

Semi-gloss satin surface with a bright white point.
Exceptionally high Dmax and wide colour gamut.
Heavyweight cotton-poly blend stock.
Acid and Lignin free to preserve fine arts and photos.
Enhanced with elastic polymers for gallery wrap stretching without cracking.

- EPSON EXHIBITION CANVAS SATIN (430 gsm, 23 mil):

Matte non-reflective surface with a bright white point.
Exceptionally high Dmax and wide colour gamut.
Heavyweight cotton-poly blend stock.
Acid and Lignin free to preserve fine arts and photos.
Enhanced with elastic polymers for gallery wrap stretching without cracking.

- EPSON SOMERSET VELVET (Roll, 255 g/m2, 19 mil):

Archival quality 75 years approximately
Velvet surface for fine detail and accurate reproduction.
Acid free to preserve fine art and photos.
100% cotton hot press for long term durability.
Outstanding D-Max for print with exceptional contrast.

- EPSON COLD PRESS NATURAL(Roll, 305 gms, 19 mil):

100% cotton cold press for term durability.
Mould-made in the traditional style.
Acid, lignin, chlorine free; and pH buffered to preserve fine art and photos.
High Dmax and wide colour gamut.
Bright white base.
Additional Papers are available upon request.

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IMAGE PROCESSING

Our approach to High resolution scanning is not about the number of scans per minute, it's about scanning each image correctly. The original scan must take into consideration: hue, contrast, exposure and resolution. Our Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner gives us the opportunity, not only to scan from transparencies, negatives, photographic prints or original artworks, but also to offer extraordinary quality and versatility with 6400 dpi resolution and an earth-friendly LED light source for greater productivity.

In adition and with an extensive background and more than 10 years of experience on Adobe Creative Suite, we can process your image from the very beginning (RAW file proccesind, Photo-Retouch, Photo-Restoration, Colour Correction and/or Editing).