C type print is a digital exposure of the image using RGB laser heads onto silver halide paper and a follow on wet process whereby the chemicals in the wash bring out the image on the paper to archival quality. Different paper types allow matt, gloss, high gloss and metallic appearances in the final image. The paper then needs to be mounted and protected and commonly chosen is reverse mounting on perspex with an aluminium or dibond backing with subframe to complete a “ready to hang” product.
This technique can also be used on transparent film for the display of the image in a lightbox.
Giclee printing uses an inkjet printer to produce high quality images onto fine art papers or direct to media such as wood, metal, perspex, glass or canvas. The final image can be traditionally mounted (passe-partout or similar) or direct prints laminated for protection. Canvas can be provided on stretchers with or without lamination.
The ChromaLuxe® reproduction uses special dyes to Giclee print a transfer of the image which is then pressed onto a metal backing where heat and pressure create a reaction (sublimation) of the dyes fusing the image into the metal surface. This process reproduces the image, in gloss or matt, with extreme colour intensity and sharpness. As the final product is resistant to fire, water, chemicals and abrasion it has archival properties without further processing.