Welcome to Studio 52, Inc!
Studio 52 is the premier source for all of your large format fine art reproduction needs, centrally located near Denver, Colorado. Also known as Giclée Printing, true fine art reproduction entails careful attention to detail and application of many types of expertise and experience, throughout the entire process.
Step 1: Fine art reproduction naturally starts with great image capture. Some Photographers would have you believe they are capable of capturing your artwork with a traditional SLR style camera. This might be acceptable for small pieces of art–if they understood art photography. Unfortunately, traditional photographers are usually ill-equipped in this area, in both equipment and experience.
We use a large format 4×5 camera equipped with a Better Light™ large-format digital scanning system. Our scanning camera is capable of capturing up to 100 million pixels per exposure, giving us unprecedented image resolution–over eight times the amount of detail and raw resolution of the most advanced SLR-style digital cameras. Read more about Studio 52′s Fine Art Scanning
Let there be COLOR!
Step 2: Post Processing. Detail alone cannot win the day for a fine art reproduction printmaker, however; it doesn’t matter how good the camera’s resolution is, if your camera doesn’t also understand color. So, it’s a good thing the Better Light scanning back also produces color images with remarkable depth and accuracy. In combination with correctly applied digital color management, and a color managed workflow, our first proof prints will be very close to your original—our image capture is guaranteed to knock your socks off.
Scan it in, print it out!
Step 3: Last but not least is the culmination of the process; output, or printing. Knowing what your printer is capable of is the hallmark of a good printmaker. Utilizing gallery grade media and archival grade ink is a good start to this end; but this is where many printmakers stop. Making your own color managed profiles is also crucial to outstanding output.
Knowing what color is going to come out before you make the first print, however, is the sign of excellence. To know that you have a good capture, which is correctly edited, makes it all the more likely that your first proof matches your original. The only way this is possible is to be intimately familiar with the entire process.