Digital Print

Digital Print

Smokestack Digital is focused on fine art print, graphic & imaging services. We’re dedicated to helping artists and creators achieve their final vision. We love details and will see to those details throughout the production process. Each step is important – from conception of an idea through to final output. While our production studio is located in Hamilton, we also have a convenient downtown Toronto location for client consultation, file delivery, print proofing and pickup.

Our digital fine art print services are performed between the Epson SureColor P20000 (64″) and HP DesignJet Z3200ps (44″) which are both on the leading edge of digital output, producing stunning gallery quality archival prints on a wide range of digital, traditional, and experimental media up to 64” wide on the short side, and as long as your creativity can run.

The 64” Epson SureColor P20000 is designed for high-production photographic and fine art printing, and includes an all-new high-performance 2.6” wide Epson PrecisionCore® MicroTFP® print head. Along with an all-new Epson UltraChrome PRO ten-color pigmented ink set – including four levels of gray – the all-new SureColor P20000 is the ultimate production tool for the demanding requirements of high-production colour and black-and-white fine art printmaking.

The HP Z3200ps has twelve Vivera pigment inks including designated chromatic red, green, and blue cartridges for a broad colour gamut, while the Quad-Black ink set delivers stunning tonality in black and white, and the HP Gloss Enhancer minimizes bronzing on all gloss materials. It also contains a built in densitometer for fast and easy calibration of custom materials.

  • Digital Printing and Retouching Services

    Whether you are preparing for a major gallery exhibition, experimenting for a new body of work, or just printing some memorable images from your recent vacation, Smokestack has you covered. We are equipped to print up to 64" wide by any length on a wide range of digital and custom/supplied materials. See below for full materials list.

  • High Resolution Negative and Flatbed Scanning

    Take your analog negatives, prints, or original illustrations up to nearly any size with high resolution scanning using the Epson V850pro flatbed scanner and Silverfast software. This handles handles negatives in all sizes up to 8" x 10" and documents up to 8.5" x 11" at a maximum optical resolution of 4800ppi and interpolated resoltuion of 6400ppi.

  • Copy and Reproduction Services

    Turn your original one of a kind works of art into fine art reproductions through a combination of high resolution digital captures, digital colour reproduction, and colour matched fine art printing. We also offer portfolio reproduction services for artists looking to have their originals digitized.

Batch Printing

Looking to 'GO BIG' with your fine art prints in size or quantity while staying in budget? We now offer Fine Art Batch Printing on Epson Enhanced Matte and Epson Premium Lustre papers. Enhanced Matte is a 250/gsm smooth matte paper with a bright white base yielding vivid highlights, dense blacks, remarkable colour reproduction, and image detail. Premium Lustre Photo Paper is 260gsm, produces vivid, lifelike images, highly saturated colours and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. Its 10-mil RC base gives prints a photographic feel, and keeps the paper cockle-free Batch printing is charged by the linear foot, and for each 12”(1ft) in height you print on the 60" or 64”(5.3ft) wide roll, you are charged a flat rate regardless of the number of prints completed. Standard pricing for this service is $35.00/linear foot and $25/linear foot for students. To make the deal even sweeter, this includes trimming and flat packaging! To prepare your own batch printing file with the best results you should have a calibrated monitor, a basic knowledge of image editing, colour management, and access to Adobe Photoshop. To help we have also created a video demo (below) on how to set up a batch file, or review the batch layout example file (below). We can also prepare your batch files for a $35 fee. Batch files and the images within will not be edited or corrected before printing so it is important to review these specs carefully before you submit your files.
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Available Materials for Batch Printing:

  • Epson Enhanced Matte paper (64″ wide)
  • Epson Premium Lustre Photo Paper (60″ wide)

 

Fine Art Batch Printing: File Specs

Before creating your batch print file ensure you have individually edited each to your images and formatted to same resolution and colour space. Batch files should be saved as 8bit .tiff or .jpg files and have an embedded Adobe RGB (1998) or sRGB colour profile. Batch files should be formatted in 12″ / 1ft length increments (up to a maximum of 108″ / 9ft) and have a canvas width of 64″ when printing on Enhanced Matte or 60″ when printing on Premium Lustre . If you want your prints to have borders ensure these are factored into the print size and that you have provided appropriate cut marks around each image. Images without cut lines will be trimmed to the image border.

  • Your batch file should be created in even 1 foot length increments (12”, 24”, 36” … max 108”) with a width of 60″ or 64” depending on the paper you are using.
  • Your batch file should have a minimum resolution of 200ppi and maximum resolution of 300ppi
  • Your batch images should have crop lines around them to specify borders, otherwise they will be trimmed to the image edge
  • Your batch file should be saved as a flattened 8bit .tif or .jpg
    Your batch file should have an embedded colour profile of either Adobe RGB 1998 or sRGB
  • Your batch file size should not exceed 1GB in size. If it does, please separate it into multiple batch files. Avoid using file compression if possible to achieve a smaller file size as this may impact print quality.

 

Video instructions for Batch Printing

Submitting

Your batch file can be sent to us by using www.wetransfer.com. Please send your files to Jonathan at jonathangroeneweg@gmail.com and include your full name and contact along with any other specifications, important information, or questions about your job.

Materials

    Matte Paper

  • Epson Single Weight Matte (44" wide, 120gsm)
  • Epson Double Weight Matte (64" wide, 180gsm)
  • Epson Enhanced Matte (44" + 64" wide, 250gsm) - **Available for Batch Printing**
  • Fine Art Matte Papers

  • Epson Hot Press Bright & Natural (44" + 60" wide, 300gsm)
  • Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White (44" wide, 310gsm)
  • Hahnemühle Bamboo (44" wide, 290gsm)
  • Luster / Gloss

  • Epson Premium Luster (44" + 60" wide, 260gsm) - **Available for Batch Printing**
  • Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper (44" wide, 250gsm)
  • Epson Standard Proofing Paper (24", 240gsm) - **Suitable for CMYK pre-press hard proofing, certified IDEAlliance GRACoL Grade 1 proofing paper**
  • Epson Exhibition Fiber (44" + 64" wide, 300gsm)
  • Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl (44" wide, 320gsm)
  • Films / Vinyls

  • HD Film/ Trans Film (42" + 60" wide) - **Applicable For Screenprinting Positives**
  • Epson Display Trans Backlit Film Plus (60" wide)
  • Self-Adhesive Vinyl (42" + 60" wide)
  • Stonehenge
  • Newsprint
  • Hahnemühle Copperplate Etching Papers (Natural/Bright White)
  • Japanese Papers
  • Non Digital / Custom / Supplied Media

  • Newsprint (36" + 60")
  • Stonehenge (22.5” x 30”) - **sheets, larger by request, long edge comes with factory deckle**
  • Hahnemuhle Copper Plate Etching (22.5 x 31”) - **sheets, larger by request, warm white + bright white, whole sheet comes with factory deckle**
  • Japanese Papers (by request)
  • We are open to facilitating other custom, alternatively sized, non-digital, or supplied media from our clients. Please consult with us!

For a full quote OR to speak with us about logistics, planning, and execution of your project please email Jonathan directly.

Jonathan Groeneweg