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Ideal gifts for friends and family, we can transfer most images and photos onto a framed canvas. Many sizes and effects to choose from.

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Technology

Please take the time to read some of the technical documentation put together to help you better understand the attention to detail we pride ourselves on.

 

Inks

To get the best results you need to use the right tools. This is especially important when it comes to the liquid you use that goes onto the canvas. We use genuine Epson UltraChrome K3™ inks paired with high quality canvas paper produces the best results money can buy.

Utilising a unique three level black ink technology, Epson UltraChrome K3 ink significantly improves overall gray balance while enhancing midtone and highlight detail yielding a smoother tonal range. And by virtually eliminating metamerism and bronzing, both black and white and colour prints can be produced with the look and feel of a traditional photograph while utilizing all the advantages of a digital workflow.

Epson UltraChrome K3 ink incorporates High-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulation™ Technology along with unique screening algorithms and Light Light Black ink that significantly reduces gloss differential. There is no longer any compromise for professionals that require glossy prints that have excellent longevity and durability.

 
Matt black Matt black
Gloss black Gloss black
Light black Light black
Light light black Light light black
Cyan Cyan
Light cyan Light cyan
Magenta Magenta
Light magenta Light magenta
Yellow Yellow
 

With two different black ink modes - Photo Black and Matte Black - Epson UltraChrome K3 provides an innovative solution to optimise the black ink density for various media types. Photo Black ink can be used for all media types with professional quality results. The optional Matte Black ink significantly increases black optical density when printing on matte and fine art type papers. This innovative solution enables the use of just one printer for all media types.

 

Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink technology represents a turning point in the history of inkjet printing. Inspired by our past generations of pigmented ink technology, Epson's all new 8-color ink set incorporates three unique levels of black, which along with new colour pigment technology, dramatically improves both colour and black and white prints. Imagine producing archival prints with amazing colour fidelity, gloss level, and scratch resistance, while providing stable colours from the moment prints exit the printer.

 

Incorporating high density pigments, Epson UltraChrome K3 produces prints with an extremely wide colour gamut allowing the reproduction of colours that were originally envisioned at the point of capture. With its expanded colour gamut and breakthrough 8-color system, no other ink set can reproduce the three dimensional lifelike quality and stunning photographic feel of Epson UltraChrome K3.

K3 ink droplet
 

Epson's unique driver technology takes full advantage of the new three-level black ink system, allowing the production of the highest quality neutral and toned prints from a single ink set. In addition, proprietary Epson screening technology, developed specifically for black and white printing, produces outstanding image quality with no colour crossover or colour cast. For the first time photographers can make sellable black and white prints without going into a darkroom.

 
Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink technology

Without being restricted to a few choices of media to achieve professional requirements for longevity, Epson UltraChrome K3 inks are designed to work as a system with Epson's full range of professional media. Epson UltraChrome K3 ink has improved print permanence characteristics that provide lightfastness ratings of up to 108 years for colour and over 200 years for black and white under rigorous industry accepted display conditions.

An example of this bronzing annoyance is shown below. The first image is the original full colour photo which is then converted to grayscale ready for printing. Unfortunately most pigment based inks create a bronzing effect which is shown on the right. This can be hidden by placing the picture behind glass but it's not an ideal answer.

Original full colour image
Original full colour image
Greyscale conversion
Grayscale equivalent
Bronze tint effect (over exaggerated)
Bronze tint on output of grayscale

Colour Profiles

Ever wondered why you create a masterpiece on screen, spend hours touching up blemishes and possibly family members, print out using your best paper on the highest quality setting and wonder why the damn thing doesn't look anything like it did on screen? Or maybe you've been working on a graphic rich web site for your boss for months; you've promised an experience like no other to your board of directors and the night before promotion, parties and loose women it looks like a work of art that Vincent van Gogh would give his other ear for. Today's the big day, you can just smell the leather of your new Audi RS4 which you have been lusting after while reading about on the toilet for the last six months, you set up the projector and to your disbelief this once Picasso has turned into pavement pizza. All the colours are wrong and it's about as bright as a 1W bulb.

The reason for all this is lack of calibration. To demonstrate this take a look at the gradient below. If you can't see a gradient below then your monitor is either worn or not properly calibrated. There are very slight differences between each cell and if can see that difference then the quality is good but probably not calibrated accurately.

As for printer calibration, making sure your screen is calibrated first would be a good idea. Second step, probably more important than the first is to use the right ink. Steer clear of so called 'compatible' or 'non genuine' inks, they maybe cheap but that's about the only advantage of using them. If you own an Epson printer then you are heading for trouble as unlike HP, Lexmark, Brother etc when buying a new cartridge you also get a new head so if you do have a printing problem; just buy a new cartridge. Not so for the Epson as the head is fixed and not user replaceable (but is replaceable via our partner at Large Format Repairs) so fixing a blockage or head failure is not so simple. Epson ink contains anticoagulant properties so if you do have a blockage, the first solution is to treat your printer to a genuine set of ink.

Software is an important part of calibration so using the correct and up to date drivers is a must, also the correct colour profile for the media you are using is a big must. There are different colour profiles for different consumable so make sure your using the right one.

Upscaling

The interactive presentation below outlines the various techniques that could be used for enlarging or upscaling a photo from it's original size to a size to fill the surface of a canvas. You can click on the thumbnails below to see each enlargement method and see how good our upscaling software is.

The images on the right are an example of what can be achieved from using different upscaling techniques and there individual outcomes.

The image used is 146x110 which is fairly small for a photo as a typical 3 mega pixel camera can produce a 2048x1536 image but that would certainly not fit on this page! For all three examples the image was increased from 146x110 to 365x275 and no other changes were made.

  Original image
Original image (146x110)
 
Upscaled image
Upscaled image (365x275)
 
Nearest neighbour
Nearest neighbour
Bicubic
Bicubic
Enhanced
Enhanced
 

The first enlarge was a simple near neighbour enlargement which turned out pretty bad. The reason for this is that using near neighbour merely enlarges each pixel and does not react with surrounding pixels. This phenomena is called pixelation.
The second enlargement used a bicubic technique which is far better than the near neighbour method. Bicubic enlargements take in to account surrounding pixels being enlarge and they react with the enlargement which prevents the pixelation effect. A down side of this method is the inevitable loss of detail which makes the photo look almost blurred.

The third and final enlargement uses an advanced algorithm similar to the bicubic method but adds more detail to the final result. This is the procedure we use when producing our canvas prints as even the most powerful camera will need some help when being printed onto the larger canvas areas. You can see from the thumbnail that the image has much more detail giving it a more crisp appearance.

Post Production

Every image requires at least some minor alteration, whether it be resizing, colour adjustment, or artifact removal. Using the right tools such as photoshop can help with corrections such as scratch removal from library photos and colour correction for faded images.

Red eye
Red eye
Aged photo
Aged photo
Crop required
Crop required
     
Red eye removed
Red eye removed
Restored image
Restored image
Cropped image
Cropped image
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