The Digital Fine Art Printing Process Explained

Fine art printing is a complex and intricate process that involves multiple steps and skilled professionals. While the end result is a beautiful piece of artwork, many people are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes to create it. In this blog, we’ll explore the fine art printing process at VG-Lab and explain each step in detail.   For traditional arts (art on papers, canvases …) please follow from step 1. For digital arts, you can read from step 4.  

Step 1: The Artist’s Original Artwork

The first step in the fine art printing process is the creation of the original artwork by the artist. This could be a painting, a drawing, or a digital image. Whatever the medium, the artwork is created with the intention of reproducing it as a print.
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The original work on the left, the reproduction is on the right.

Step 2: Digital Capture of the Artwork

Once the artwork is complete, it is captured digitally using a high-resolution scanner or camera. This creates a digital file that can be used to produce prints in various sizes.

Using photography to capture the arts minimal the physical impact and risk of damaging original works. VG-Lab use medium format camera and broncolor lighting equipment.

Step 3: Color Correction and Retouching

The digital file is then processed by a color specialist who makes sure that the colors are true to the original artwork. They also retouch any imperfections, such as dust or scratches, that may have appeared during the scanning process.

VG-Lab employ X-rite color checker workflow to maximize the color accuracy of reproduction.

Step 4: Test Prints

Before moving on to the final printing stage, test prints are usually made to make sure that the colors and details are accurate. These test prints are examined carefully and adjustments are made if necessary.

Make a test on different printing medias help the artist to make decision faster.

Step 5: Final Printing

Once the test prints have been approved, the final printing process can begin. Fine art prints are usually produced using a technique called giclée printing, which involves spraying tiny droplets of ink onto high-quality paper or canvas. This produces a print that is incredibly detailed and vibrant.

Checking for paper flaws before printing at VG-Lab.

Step 6: Quality Control

After the prints are produced, they are carefully examined to ensure that they meet the highest quality standards. Any prints that do not meet the standard are discarded.

Print quality checking at VG-Lab.
Rejected prints will be destroyed.

Step 7: Signing and Numbering

Finally, each print is signed and numbered by the artist. This adds value to the print and lets collectors know that they are getting a unique work of art.

Prints Authentication Service
VG-Lab can help you authenticate your prints via ILFORD and HAHNEMUHLE.

In conclusion, fine art printing is a highly technical process that requires skill and attention to detail at every step. From the creation of the original artwork to the final signing and numbering, every aspect of the process is important in producing a beautiful and valuable piece of art.

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