Digital c type printing services

Photographic C-type prints are made by exposing light onto colour paper, which is then developed and washed using traditional photographic techniques.

Wet developed as with traditional photographic printing, our processors are equipped with an extra wash stage to increase the archival stability of your prints. Exposed by a high resolution digital printers this process offers the artist the quality and archival properties of a photographic print with the creativity and consistency that can only be achieved from a digital process.

Other great aspects:

  • Continuous tone printing
  • Fuji Professional Crystal Archive papers
  • Easy to use colour managed system
  • Fast turnaround
  • Choice of mounting options

 

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As this is a colour process, black & white images can print with a slight warmth or coolness. Whilst this is not always the case we would recommend printing B&W images through the Giclée process, onto either the Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl, or the Ilford GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl. These two papers in particular give lovely rich neutral blacks.

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Crystal Archive Matt

Professional archival Resin Coated colour paper with a Matt finish – the first choice for exhibition prints.

Crystal Archive Lustre

A slightly stippled surface gives this Resin Coated paper a Semi-Matt finish, with deep blacks and more forgiving on fingerprints.

Crystal Archive Gloss

A very good base white – as with all our Resin Coated Fuji papers, giving punchy colours, great for those high impact shots.

Duratran

Images printed onto Duratran film have an translucent base designed to be back-lit, making them perfect for light boxes. With superb clarity, colour saturation and deep blacks.

 

C-type technical specifications

Our process is fully colour managed to recognise embedded Adobe ’98 and sRGB profiles ensuring accurate printed colours every time.

  • Chromogenic Silver Halide Photographic Process
  • Printer: 50” ZBE Chromira
  • Maximum Print Size: 1254 mm x 4000 mm
  • Optimum input resolution: 200-300 dpi
  • Output: RGB continuous tone – equivalent to 4000dpi
  • Archival Life expectancy: up to 56 years on Display – 100 years Dark Storage

Please note as this is an RGB colour process. We recommend printing B&W images through the Giclée process, onto either the Innova Semi-Matte, or Innova Ultra Smooth Gloss as these two papers give lovely rich blacks with no risk of a colour cast.

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C-type Print Process

Historically photographic papers have been exposed by light through a negative but are now exposed by high resolution digital printers. The process offers the artist the feel and quality of a photographic print with the creativity and consistency that can only be achieved from a digital process. At Spectrum we use a ZBE Chromira printers to expose a range of Kodak and Fuji Crystal archive papers.

C-type technical specifications

Our process is fully colour managed to recognise embedded Adobe ’98 and sRGB profiles ensuring accurate printed colours every time.

  • Chromogenic Silver Halide Photographic Process
  • Printer: 50” ZBE Chromira
  • Maximum Print Size: 1254 mm x 4000 mm
  • Optimum input resolution: 200-300 dpi
  • Output: 300 dpi RGB continuous tone.
  • Archival Life expectancy: up to 56 years on Display – 100 years Dark Storage

 

Online Printing Turnaround Times

Photographic C-Type Prints (Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss, Matt or Lustre) Up to 48 Hours in lab
Giclée Ink-jet prints Up to 48 Hours in lab

Our post is collected at 2pm Monday-Friday so please ensure urgent orders are uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out two working days later. Order placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by the postman the following day.

 

Mounting Turnaround Times (add to Print Times)

Card, PVC & Foamboard Mounting  Up to 7 days in lab
MDF, Aluminium, Dibond, Durospec Perspex Reverse  Up to 10 days in lab

Quality prints should be mounted with the care and attention to detail they deserve. Spectrum has over two decades of experience mounting prints to the highest possible standards.

When choosing how to mount a photograph certain factors need to be considered, such as how long will it be displayed for or how it will be attached to the wall. We have a range of cost effective and practical mounting options to display your prints, but if you are at all unsure, just give us a call and we will help you choose the most appropriate style of mounting, with our skilled staff ensuring perfect results every time.


User Guide

Please note: all sizes are approximate. Your images will not be opened by us prior to their printing.

 

Uploading your files

The maximum uncompressed file size for upload to the online ordering service is 450 mb per file. 

Accepted file formats are JPEG and TIFF files (JPEG is recommended for quicker Internet transfer times). When using .jpeg files we recommend photoshop compression between 10-12 which will still give fast uploads with no loss of quality. For clients wishing to upload .tiff files please use 8 bit files and do not use LZW compression.

There are no limitations to the number of images you may upload, however it is recommended to divide large quantities into smaller portions in the event of any unforeseen network or Internet interruptions.

The time taken to upload your order will depend on your upload speed which is often much slower than your download speed. You should be able to leave your computer to do something else while your images continue to upload with out any problems. It may be necessary to check your computers energy saving features so it does not hibernate while uploading an order.

 

DPI

You can upload images saved at final print size at a resolution between 72 and 400 dpi. We recommend for good quality results a resolution of at least 150 dpi. Alternatively upload your image and then adjust the size to see the dpi change as you change the print size. Images with a resolution below 150dpi may be of poor quality.

 

What is the maximum print size that may be printed from my file?

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How large should my file be for my desired print size?

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Printing Techniques

When your file/s have been uploaded, we will read the print size that is embedded within the file, and you will be provided with the “Original from file” width and height. You may choose to edit this print size, however please be aware that you cannot change the images proportions and naturally, any edits to the prints size will result in a change in the images resolution.

You may also choose from a list of mounting and lamination options for your photo. Our system will automatically inform you if there are any conflicts with your desired selections. For more information – please see our price list.

 

Borders

To place a border on your images, simply choose between “within format (%)”, (which does not effect the photos finished print size), or “outside format (mm)”.

If you should choose to apply a border outside your images format, you can yourself control the final print size, which is optimal for situations such as eventual frame fitting, etc.

To reset your entered border values, simply choose the “no border” option, and start again.

You may easily control the colour of any border; white, black, or custom colours are all available. Customised colours may be applied by entering a hexadecimal RGB color code (i.e. #FFFFFF for white, or #000000 for black). Your custom coloured border will be color managed with the same colour profile as your image. For more info, please refer to “Colour Management”.

 

Mounting

Prints for Aluminium, Dibond and MDF mounting will be printed oversized by 4mm in height and width prior to printing, to allow for the trimming that occurs during the mounting and finishing process.

 

“Not Available” Notification

If it is not possible for our system to match your desired print size based on your files characteristics, to any of our applicable printing devices, you will be presented with a “not available” warning. This may be the result of several issues:

To low DPI – your uploaded file does not contain enough information for the desired print size. Solution: Increase the number of pixels contained within your image by using a photo management program and upload your image again.

To high DPI – your uploaded file contains too much information for the desired print size. This boundary is provided so that our system will not be overwhelmed with unnecessary information. Solution: Decrease the number of pixels contained within your image and upload your image again.

Desired print size is to large – it is possible with our system to print very large photos, however every printer has its maximum limitations. Solution: Control the maximum photo size within the price list.

 

Colour Management

Please ensure that your files are saved as an RGB tif or jpeg with an embedded profile (e.g. Adobe 1998, sRGB IEC61966-2.1, etc.). The system will detect any embedded profile and will handle the colour management accordingly. For greatest accuracy we recommend using standard colour space such as Adobe ’98 or sRGB. For further information on colour management and profiles please click here.

Customers who wish to view and adjust their images using Spectrum’s soft proof profiles should download the appropriate profile from the Softproof profiles section of our website and profile their images before uploading. Supplied files must be rasterized and flattened, without alpha channels and in 8-bit colour.

Files must be created within a proven ICC managed colour workflow system (Spectrum has tight linearization tolerances, but is not responsible for client colour management). If there is any doubt about your colour management set up we would encourage you to run test files first.

Your files will enter a fully colour managed workflow and will be printed using our custom printer profiles.

 

Payment

You can either pay on collection or by telephone but for the fastest service you can pay on line using our secure payment options powered by SagePay. We accept all major cards except American express.

 

Price Calculation

For complete pricing information and examples, please refer to our Pricing page.

Delivery Costs & Times (add to Turnaround Times)

24 Hour Tracked (prints only) Guaranteed next working day (Signed for) £6.50
Courier* (mounted work) Next working day between 9am-5pm (Signed for) £15.00
EU Recorded Delivery Up to 5 working days (Signed for) £15.00
International Recorded Delivery Up to 10 working days (Signed for) £20.00
Note: All prices are + VAT. *Courier price based upon one 30KG package, for larger orders please call 01273 769 782 for further information.

Our post is collected at 2pm Monday-Friday so please ensure urgent orders are uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out two working days later. Order placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by the postman the following day.

UK delivery is next day but this schedule will vary for more remote areas of the UK, offshore and international shipments. All items are thoroughly packaged to ensure they reach you in pristine condition.

 

Online Printing Turnaround Times

Our post is collected at 2pm Monday-Friday so please ensure urgent orders are uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out two working days later. Order placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by the postman the following day.

 

Studio Printing Turnaround Times

The lead time is between 2 – 7 working days – dependent on the level of service needed.

 

Mounting Turnaround Times (add to Print Times)

Card, PVC & Foamboard Mounting  Up to 7 days in lab
MDF, Aluminium, Dibond, Durospec Perspex Reverse  Up to 10 days in lab

Tracking Your Delivery

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Royal Mail Track & Trace – If you have your 13 character reference then you can track your package here »

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Courier – Enter your consignment number to track your parcel. Visit APC website »

 

Packaging

Small prints are packed flat, and larger prints rolled in a sturdy tube before being entrusted to the Royal Mail via your choice of 48 hour Tracked (2 working days) or 24 hour Tracked (1 working day). These delivery times do not include the printing lead time.

All mounted prints are painstakingly wrapped for courier using bubble wrap, our blue foam edging, large polystyrene corners to take the force of any knocks, and a corrugated cardboard box which is made to the exact size of your piece. It fits so well many of our customers keep them to use when transporting over and over. We do have to charge for packaging as it takes us a while to hand make all these packages, but it’s worth it to know that your artwork will arrive safely, via our efficient couriers APC.

 

Delivery and Installation

Our commitment to a full service includes delivering your work and installation where required. We are experienced in hanging large exhibitions and can work with your venue to ensure the safe installation, please contact us for details.

Why I choose Spectrum

Simon Roberts

I have worked with Spectrum since arriving in Brighton ten years ago and since that time we have developed a close working relationship. They have played a valuable and integral part in the production of my prints and exhibitions.

www.simoncroberts.com

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