Techniques we use
At S&P Publishing we specialise in our use of high end large format printers to create and produce 100% archival fine art prints. Using Epson ultra chrome technology and light fast inkjet pigment inks, our art prints have the prestige and quality worthy of the finest collections in the art market.
We are experts in the creation and production of limited edition hand-numbered prints, most of which are personally hand-signed by the artists themselves.
Each and every fine art print is hand sorted, individually checked and then quality controlled with meticulous attention to detail by our master printer.
Once passing the scrupulous quality checks, each artwork is blind stamped with the S&P Publishing logo in order to establish authenticity.
Every single limited edition art print we create in the studio is a close collaboration between our leading and emerging artists and our master printer.
Printers we use
Inside our S&P Publishing studio we use the Epson SureColor SC-P20000 to benefit from high productivity and achieve industry leading fine art Giclée prints of exceptionally high quality.
Using our Epson printers we’re able to harness the UltraChrome Pro 10-colour-ink-set technology, alongside its PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead to consistently deliver superb fine art prints that have the look and feel of original works of art.
What is fine art inkjet printing?
Inkjet printing is a printing method that uses a process to create an image by spraying thousands of tiny ink droplets onto a surface.
The image being printed is sent to the printer, stored in the printer’s memory and then the rollers pull the substrate through the printer while a stepper motor moves the printhead back and forth across the surface.
Ink is drawn from a reservoir and sprayed through the ink jets in the printhead with precision onto the surface where it then dries in place.
Inkjet printing is a form of digital printing and therefore the image being printed needs to be saved as a digital file format in order to begin the printing process. The image must be converted into a raster image ‘bitmap’, which will represent the image being printed as a grid of pixels. Once the printer receives this bitmap it can get to work in expelling the ink droplets from its jets to recreate the bitmap on the surface it’s being printed onto.
For the prestigious quality required by fine art Giclée prints, a high resolution printer is required. It takes multiple droplets of ink to accurately recreate the colour of a single pixel and sometimes dots need to be layered and combined to achieve the correct depth of colour for fine art printing.
More about NFTs
An NFT, or ‘Non-Fungible Token’ is a unique digital token that can be used to represent ownership of an asset, allowing a person to buy or sell a unique piece of digital art and authenticating sole ownership.
NFTs are created using a process called ‘minting’ and become a part of the Ethereum blockchain, a highly secure digital ledger that records all the details of the token and every single transaction, ensuring that even if the art is copied, only the true owner of the piece can prove authenticity.
Similar to physical art the value of an NFT is largely decided by factors such as the artist, the market and the demand. Because they hold value they can be bought and sold, invested in and collected in the same way as physical art.
NFTs are usually sold in auctions on a variety of platforms and digital marketplaces using Cryptocurrency in a digital wallet to bid and make purchases.
Once the NFT is sold, the seller will transfer ownership to the buyer and this transaction will be recorded in the blockchain.