What happens when you drop off artwork at Buffalo Big Print to have a reproduction made? We get many inquiries about this, so we would like to use this opportunity to take you through our process and give you a little taste of how we make the magic happen.
First, you come into our shop at 78 Allen Street, not knowing what to expect, but knowing you want a reproduction of a treasured piece. We start by having one of our knowledgable staff work with you to determine what exactly your needs are. Do you have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind work of art that you want reproduced at the highest giclée quality? An old heirloom family photo that needs some TLC? A fun snapshot you want to give as gifts for a holiday? Whatever your printing needs, we will make sure to find you the right materials and process to give you the best possible finished product.
When you leave your work with us, we get started on the first and most critical step of reproducing your work: creating a high resolution, digitized copy of the piece. Our techniques -- all standards of the fine art and museum industries, including flat bed scanning, drum scanning, and touch-free image capture -- ensure that we get the best scan possible, capturing every nuance of detail from the original, even on the largest and most delicate of projects.
Now that we have a high quality digital copy of your work, we start to fine tune the image as needed to ensure the best possible match to your original. This process is fairly extensive and can take up to a few days. We adjust the color, contrast, balance, and other aspects to ensure there are no visible flaws. It is important to note that we do our very best to match the reproduction to the original, but very slight and unavoidable variations in appearance may still exist in the reproduction. It is our goal to give our final product the same look and feel as your original.
Once the digital image has been proofed to our standards it is ready for the final print. Our large format inkjet printers can print onto specially treated fine art papers, canvas, banner materials, and traditional photographic papers. Precise calibration between computer and printer provides stunningly consistent results allowing images to be reprinted weeks or months apart. Once a print is finished we carefully inspect it to make sure it is a thing of beauty.
Our post-production options include mounting, laminating, framing, or simply packing your print safely for you to pick up. We always keep a high resolution digitized final of your work on file to allow you to easily have more reproductions made without dealing with initial set up and scanning costs a second time around, while also ensuring that additional prints will look the same as the first.
With all the hype regarding the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’ve been feeling nostalgic and realized *aghast* that it had probably been over a year since I watched The Return of the Jedi, so I got my hands on a copy and sat down to enjoy the evening.