Whether you are a professional photographer or a casual artist or an artist submitting art pieces to a show, you understand the importance of a well-made print. For photographers especially, printing your images helps your work be seen by many (as opposed to just being stored on a client’s hard drive). Artists and photographers want their masterpieces adorning walls and appreciated, and digital printing can achieve those goals. It’s easy to say “I must have a print of this,” but have you ever wondered how digital printing works?
What is digital printing?
When looking through printing lab’s list of services, you might notice many different printing media and types of printing, and this is a good starting point when learning how digital printing works. We must first define what digital printing is! Unlike the old methods of developing images in a dark room, digital printing refers to printing from a digital source – not film.
In the case of Baboo Digital, you can easily upload your digital files straight from your computer to ours. Also, digital printing isn’t limited to just images on photographic paper. Digital prints can be printed onto numerous types of material.
How does digital printing work?
It’s amazing to think that lens and light and mirrors work together to create a photograph, but it’s even more amazing to think about how that image can be transferred to photographic paper. Digital printing is made possible without the use of darkroom chemicals or off-set printing templates (such as in wood prints or aluminum plates), so how does digital printing work?
The first step is to transfer the image from the camera to the computer. Have you ever tried to print an image at home and found the colors to be dull and the image to be blurry? Baboo Digital, like all professional printing labs, use a professional-grade printer. Inkjet printers create sharp images by spraying tiny (50–60 micrometers in diameter… that is seriously tiny!) droplets of ink onto the medium of choice. Those microscopic dots of color create pinpoint precision, which creates ultra-clear images. Hence, why DPI (dots per inch) versus PPI (pixels per inch) is so important.
Additionally, professional printers commonly use six colors of ink (instead of only 4) to create a more stunning range of colors, which is necessary when printing images that use all the colors of the rainbow. What this does is create crystal clear images with colors true to the original file!
Different types of digital printing
Depending on your needs, you may opt for digital photographic prints, or you may opt for digital giclee printing.
- Digital photographic prints: This is typically what people think of when they want a “print” of a photograph: the digital image is printed on photographic paper with a variety of finishes to choose from (glossy, matte, etc.).
- Digital giclee printing: When choosing digital giclee printing, your same digital image is used, but the pigment-based ink is “squirted” onto canvas, cotton paper, or Baryta paper.
How can Baboo Digital help you? Contact us to learn more about our digital printing services and how we can help you!