The difference between a fine art print & 'normal' photo paper print
A common question we get asked about fine art prints is - what are they exactly? And what's the difference between 'normal' photo paper print and a fine art print? And does it make a difference at all? Spoiler alert: it sure does.
Not your average paper
It all boils down to quality and longevity. The science lies in the quality of the inks and papers used in the fine art printing process.
Standard photo paper is generally bleached with chlorine or treated with optical brightening agents and special dyes to make the image appear brighter. The downside to this is the chemicals used in the paper itself causes the ink - and your image - to deteriorate and fade faster over time.
Fine Art paper on the other hand, is made from 100% natural fibre materials such as cotton rag, bamboo or a cotton blend. Fine Art paper hasn't been bleached with chlorine or other brightening agents and is PH neutral or 'acid-free' which means that your artwork lasts much longer, and retains its sharpness and lustre for decades. In fact, Fine Art prints don't start 'fading' until after 100+ years (with proper care).
Ink, ink, baby
Fine Art paper is also designed so that inks and pigments adhere to its surface really well. Colours are more intense and contrasts are deeper, with a wider range of grey tones. Another cool benefit is archival ink is used in fine art printing and is specifically designed to adhere or 'dye' the actual paper, and be resistant to weathering and fading so that it will last for a long time.
The complex art of fine art printing
Then there's the printing process which is an art and science in itself! Professional fine art printers use wide format, specialised printing machines that have waaay more colour range than your average home printer. Some machines have 10-12 colour systems and require its operators to have years of experience and technical know-how to create the perfect print.
If you're after longevity and quality and a piece of artwork to last generations, then fine art prints are a must-have for you art collection. Shop our limited edition fine art prints HERE.