About CMYK lithographs
Lithography is the most common format for printed material.
This includes magazines, newspapers, and various forms of packaging.
Our CMYK lithographs start from an image (often a photograph) that is scanned into a computer.
While in the computer, the image is carefully examined for flaws, like lint, that could have been introduced up to this point.
These flaws are then corrected and the image is rechecked for consistency.
Next, it is resized to a standard format and stored for the printing process.
The Printing process begins by importing and composing a page with the digital images.
The page is then made into color separations--Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.
Next, these separations are processed into printing plates.
Then the plates are inked and the ink images are transferred to the paper by rubber cylinders.
Finally, a clear coat is put on the image, and the paper is cut to size.
About Digital Prints
Digital printing is a fairly new process, and it is mostly used for small volume production (one to a few hundred prints).
This often makes it more expensive than the lithograph process, which can make several thousand prints at a time.
Digital printing starts with a digital image (often a scanned photograph) that has been checked for flaws and inconsistencies.
The image is then resized to a standard format and stored.
Unlike the other media formats the digital image is then sent directly a large format printer, where nozzles send picoliter drops of ink to the paper.
The print is then inspected and prepared for shipping.
This is the traditional form of the media.
These are actual photographs made by hand.
For this process, a photo sensitive paper is exposed to a negative or positive image.
Next, using chemicals, the image is developed and becomes fixed onto the paper.
Then it is inspected, modified (often with color), and cropped.
Finally, it is framed for its protection.
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