Large Format Printing Gold Coast

Large Format Printing is now available on the Gold Coast at Dawson’s Framing.

Fine Art Printing

  • Large Format Printing Gold Coast:
  • Canvas Printing
  • Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag
  • Ilford Satin Photo
  • Ilford Washi Torinoko
  • Ilford Galeria
  • Request a compatible fine art paper

Archival printing for your fine art specifics. Visit us in store to discuss your archival fine art printing needs. We have a range of expert quality Ilford Galerie papers in stock.

The Printroom at Dawsons Framing. Large Format on the Gold Coast
The Printroom at Dawsons Framing. Large Format on the Gold Coast

Printing Specifications

Our brand new professional grade fine art printer is capable of printing up to 64″ / 1600mm wide.

A Large format archival print ready for framing for Exhibition. Gold Coast
A Large format archival print ready for framing for Exhibition. Gold Coast

 

The large format print framed for Exhibition.
The large format print framed for Exhibition.

What kind of Large Format printing can we do?

Our printing repertoire includes the following specific areas:

  • Personal Photography
  • Professional Photography
  • Printed NFT’s
  • Canvas Printing
  • Illustration Printing
  • Poster printing

Preparing your Artwork for Printing

When preparing or sending us an image for Large Format Printing, please be mindful of the following guidelines so that we can assist you with the best quality output possible

  • We require an image that is a minimum of 5MB in it’s original format (without filters applied)
  • Applying a filter to a mobile image can reduce the quality of the image, it is better to adjust the image using a program like Adobe Photoshop. (The Camera Raw Filter is a great tool)
  • When sending us the photo, ensure that you attach the image in it’s original format, apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Messages etc can forcibly lower the quality of the image. Rather email the image to us as an attachment in it’s original format. Do not insert the image into the body text of your email, this can also lower the quality.
  • The DPI of your image should be 300dpi
  • While we are able to work with lower quality and resolution images, they may not meet your expectations once printed
A large framed poster print for a client
A large framed poster print for a client

 

A large framed poster print for a client
A large framed poster print for a client

A bad quality photo print can be caused by various factors, which can originate from both the digital image and the printing process itself. Once the image is printed to a large format size, this can reduce the quality dramatically. We’ve got the printing process covered, so some factors to be aware of are the following:

  1. Low-resolution image: If the digital image used for printing has a low resolution, the printout may appear pixelated, blurry, or lacking in detail.
  2. Compression artifacts: If the image was heavily compressed (e.g., in JPEG format) before printing, it can lead to visible compression artifacts, such as blocky areas or color distortions.
  3. Color management issues: Mismatched color profiles between the image and the printer can cause color inaccuracies, leading to unrealistic or washed-out colors.

Mobile photos can sometimes result in poor print quality due to several inherent limitations of smartphone cameras:

  1. Small sensor size: Mobile phones have limited space for camera components, including the sensor. Smaller sensors generally capture less light and have lower resolution compared to dedicated digital cameras, leading to reduced image quality.
  2. Smartphone cameras often struggle to capture a wide range of tones between shadows and highlights, resulting in loss of detail in bright or dark areas when printed.
  3. Unlike dedicated cameras with adjustable apertures and interchangeable lenses, most smartphone cameras have fixed apertures and focal lengths. This can limit creative control and lead to less optimal image quality in certain situations.
  4. To save storage space, smartphone cameras often apply compression to image files, leading to loss of detail and increased image artifacts when printed.
  5. Lack of optical zoom: Digital zoom, commonly used in mobile phones, relies on software interpolation and can degrade image quality when used, especially at higher zoom levels.
  6. While some smartphones offer manual settings, most users rely on automatic modes, which may not always optimize image quality for printing.
  7. Mobile devices typically apply heavy post-processing to images to enhance colors and sharpness for on-screen viewing. However, these adjustments might not translate well to the print medium.
  8. Handshake and motion blur: Due to their small size and lightweight design, smartphones are more prone to camera shake and motion blur, which can negatively impact print quality.
  9. Low-light performance: Smartphone cameras often struggle to perform well in low-light conditions, resulting in increased noise and reduced detail when photos are printed.
  10. Limited RAW capabilities: While some smartphones support capturing images in RAW format, many still rely on JPEG files, which offer less flexibility for post-processing and printing.

Despite these limitations, modern smartphones have made significant advancements in camera technology, and some high-end models can produce impressive image quality suitable for smaller prints or digital sharing. For larger or high-quality prints, however, dedicated cameras with larger sensors and more advanced features are generally preferred.

 

What Large Format Printing Equipment do we use at our Studio on the Gold Coast?

We produce fine art prints, limited edition artworks, poster artworks, canvas prints, photo prints and much more on our Epson SureColor P20070. It provides high quality colour and premium black-and-white images in a wide format. It also produces ultra-high resolution imagery.

  • Superior Print Quality.
  • Superior Colour.
  • Superior B&W – produces gallery quality black-and-white images with dedicated Photo & Matte Black ink lines for output on different media types.
  • Good Image Stability – prints dry quickly and can be stored for extended periods with excellent lightfastness.

The paper range we use is the Ilford Galerie Range:

  • Ilford Decor Bright White Canvas Printing
  • Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag: This paper delivered superb results when printed with the Archival Matte media setting. Colours were beautifully rendered and fine details were recorded with exquisite finesse. This is our favourite paper.
  • Ilford Satin Photo: 260 gsm heavyweight inkjet photo paper designed with a broad color gamut for accurate color reproduction. The robust design and color gamut ensure exceptional prints with extended longevity.
  • Ilford Washi Torinoko (Only available up to 16inch) The paper has the look and feel of handmade paper and is produced using a specialized Japanese paper-making machine called a Tanmo machine. It has a unique inkjet coating with a wide color gamut and excellent color consistency, and the paper is acid free with no optical brighteners.
  • Request a compatible fine art paper

Ilford has a long history in photographic printing media, with 140 years of experience in black and white photo media and a little less in colour materials. So it’s to be expected that they would know how to make excellent inkjet media.

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