Entries by Lee Dehmer

Mounting Canvas onto Stretcher Frames

PREPARATION Allow images to dry for at least 24 hours before handling. Desired surface treatments should be applied and completely dry prior to stretching onto a frame. It is recommended to allow canvas to rest in room temperature for several hours before stretching. Canvas should not be stretched in temperatures below 65˚F as canvas is […]

Vinyl Installation

SURFACE PREPARATION Before installation, thoroughly clean the application surface. Remove any additional residual residue such as tape with a razor blade. Plastics and glass surfaces should be cleaned with window cleaner such as Windex. Wipe the surface with a lint-free cloth until dry. Painted metals and base metals should be cleaned with solvent cleaners such […]

Banner Installation

PROTECTING THE BANNER A thin pressure sensitive adhesive overlaminate can be used to protect most banners except for vinyl. Applying laminates to one side of a banner may result in inwards curling and adhesion failure. It is recommended to pretest all protectants on a sample of the banner before applying to the final project. Spray […]

Wallcovering Installation

WATER RESISTANCE & SURFACE PROTECTION Pigment, solvent, latex and UV inks provide a high level of water resistance. Higher ink saturation can affect the water fast properties and show ink bleed in heavily saturated areas. Liquid lamination is recommended for DMIBOP because dirt and stains cannot be cleaned from the inkjet surface. GFIOP, SLEEK, and […]

Optimum Printing Environment

The levels of heat and humidity in the printing environment can have a negative impact on image quality. It’s important to always keep the levels stable and within the recommended guidelines of the printer manufacturer. It’s lucky for us that digital printers work best in the same environmental conditions preferred by people. The optimum levels […]

Print Quality Issues?

You can fix most common print quality issues yourself before calling for technical support. The following information will help you troubleshoot the problem. Print is Blurry or Smeared • Make sure the media is acclimated to the printer environment for at least 48 hours. • Check the Media Type setting. Make sure it is correct […]

How to Solve Printer Curl

PRODUCT CURL Many specialty media products develop “roll set curl” from being wound onto cores.  Allowing the material to equilibrate to the printing environment for 24hrs before printing can help reduce the excessive curl and minimize the impact on media loading and printing. Media exposed to high humidity will be more susceptible to curling when […]

Fine Art Print Finishing & Storage

Fine art prints present unique challenges to the artist when it is time to finish or store the final print. Pigment-based inks do offer better fade resistance over time than dye-based inks, but they are more susceptible to damage. A fine art print can be harmed by fingerprints, foreign substances, humidity and ozone just like […]

Printing Fine Art

Digital fine art prints can be produced in smaller numbers than offset printing and require less time and money. It’s a great way for artists to produce their own prints without relying on an outside print company. Fine art prints can be created ‘on-demand’ and sold within a short period of time to collectors. We’ve […]

Handling Fine Art Media

One of the most overlooked parts of fine art printing is proper handling of the print media. Fine art media is damaged or compromised frequently during the production process. Proper handling protects the integrity of the media and ensures success from start to finish. Here are some tips to improve print quality by handling fine […]