What is a C-Type print?
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.
Please note as this is an RGB colour process. We recommend printing B&W images through the Giclée process, onto either Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm or Ilford Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm as these two papers give lovely rich blacks with no risk of a colour cast.
Fuji Crystal Archive Printing Material is a silver halide colour printing material with enhanced digital exposure suitability, designed exclusively for digital output.
Professional archival Resin Coated colour paper with a Matt finish – the first choice for exhibition prints and our most popular C-Type paper.
A slightly stippled surface gives this Resin Coated paper a Semi-Matt finish, with deep blacks and more forgiving on fingerprints.
A very good base white – as with all our ResinCoated Fuji papers, giving punchy colours, great for those high impact shots.
Fuji Pearl (Metallic)
The Fuji Pearl has a unique pearl-like, silvery iridescent appearance. The embedded pearl-like crystals give a high gloss effect, making it suitable for professional photographers and artists seeking a dramatic and metallic reproduction.
Maxima (Matt or Gloss)
A paper released in 2018 Fuji Maxima offers an exceptional colour gamut increase along with high maximum density results in great shadow details and beautiful, deep blacks. This media also has an increased lifespan. Avaliable in Matt and Gloss only. Please note this paper is only available for Studio printing.
Fujiflex is a reflective silver halide colour printing paper with super high gloss base for professional use at the highest level. This printing material has a (Polyester) base and produces prints that are superbly smooth with a sharp, transparent super-gloss finish. Please note this paper is only available for Studio printing.
Kodak Professional Duratrans Display Material is a translucent-base color transparency material designed for producing large transparencies for backlit displays offering superb clarity, colour saturation and deep blacks. The white- pigmented coating provides its own diffusion and its thick base provides resistance to tearing, making it especially suitable for large displays that require a suspension system. Please note this paper is only available for Studio printing.
- 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
What is a Giclée print?
Giclée, the French word for ‘spray’, refers to the ink jet printing process used to produce these beautiful archival pigment fine art prints.
Opting for Giclée allows you to print on a wider range of papers than the C-type option, meaning you can use the paper as an extension of the creative process. Whether you are looking for a smooth, textured or heavyweight finish, in cool or warm tones, each option gives a different feel to your image.
We use professional, fade-resistant Epson Ultrachrome HDX inks and a range of high quality papers, resulting in beautiful, fully archival prints with incredibly fine detail.
As a Hahnemühle-certified lab we offer several of their papers, ideal for Giclée printing, as well as options from Ilford and Innova.
Award winning paper range with various fibrous finishes and paperweights, providing maximum choice for Fine Art reproductions. These paper types are also acid free and archival.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm
A popular paper for re-producing high quality for graphic, illustrations and fine art images. This paper type has a fibrous finish, much like a smooth watercolour paper.
Hahnemühle German Etch 310gsm
This heavyweight paper with a fibrous finish, perfect for re-producing watercolour and ink re-productions.
Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm
This coated paper type reproduces impressive pictorial depth and is ideal for punchy black and white images. We would also recommend this paper type as digital alternative to the traditional Baryrta prints.
Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
The first ink jet paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton. This warm base paper has a smooth surface texture, which is perfect for matt warm tone black and white images.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm
This coated paper types has a warm base white and is recommend for warm tone black and white images and another great digital alternative to warm tone traditional Baryrta.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic 340gsm
This is a silvery-shimmering FineArt inkjet paper with a specially formulated inkjet coating for FineArt use. The natural white cotton paper contains no optical brighteners and has the characteristic Photo Rag® surface structure and sumptuous feel.
The Galerie Prestige is the latest range of papers developed by Ilford. Combining state of the art ink jet technology, this paper type offers excellent colour gamut with a sumptuous feel.
Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm
This heavy weight, resin coated paper features a smooth pearl finish making it perfect for providing superb photographic image quality, consistency and clarity.
Innova offer a range of acid free, fine art inkjet papers featuring a premium matte inkjet coating.
White Matte 285gsm
Our most popular paper amongst illustrators at Spectrum Photographic. This ultra-smooth matt paper features brilliant whites.
Fotospeed utilised its wealth of expertise and understanding of image making to engineer and develop a comprehensive range of exceptional digital inkjet papers, inks and accessories.
Fotospeed Matt Ultra 240gsm
Matt Ultra is our economy paper at Spectrum Photographic. This matt paper features a bright white base and smooth finish which is ideal for reproducing text and images required for short term display.
- Printers: Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and SC P9000
- Multi colour UltraChrome HDR and HDX inks
- Optimum Input resolution 200-300 dpi
- Output resolution up to 1440 dpi variable-sized droplet technology
- Archival Life expectancy*: up to 100 years on display – 200 years Dark Storage
Other Materials available via the Studio
Poster Paper 200gsm
A lightweight bright white paper suitable for proofing or economy printing purposes. Printed with archival pigment inks for colour accuracy and longevity.
Blue Back Paper 130gsm
This lightweight paper, traditionally used for billboard posters, is a waterproof paper is ideal for the production of large formay posters and gives a dramatic effect when used as a wallpaper.
Phototex is a revolutionary pigment printed self-adhesive fabric that is used in place of wallpaper for indoor and outdoor applications. A versatile repositionable wall covering Phototex lends itself to residential, event, retail and commercial applications and can be custom printed to create bespoke options.