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Fine-Art Systems and Media Expand

(April 2005) posted on Mon Apr 25, 2005

Seven companies introduce new products for fine art.

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More and more fine artists are embracing inkjet technology for producing their fine art. There has been an explosion of fine-art printing systems--designed for art from black x white photography to 12-color systems for fine-art and photography--as well as a variety of new media--from photographic papers to canvas. Here are the latest tools for digital fine artists.

Media Street Debuts Archival Black-and-White Printing System: Media Street's Generations QuadBlack (GQ) pigment ink is one of the cornerstones of its new archival black-and-white inkjet system for printing black-and-white photography. The system comprises the GQ inks, a special RIP, printing curves and ICC profiles, and matched Media Street substrates. Media Street claims that this combination of tools and products will produce museum-quality prints, even with an entry-level, sub-$100 printer (such as the Epson Stylus Photo R200).

The launch of the new system for Epson Stylus Photo R200/R300 printers was slated to take place in the first quarter of 2005; additional printers are slated for later this year.

In addition, Media Street has launched MyGallery (, an online and off-line photo facility to store, share, and print photos (at home or at Media Street's Generations Print Lab). This free service can be used by professional photographers to share images with customers, or by consumers to upload and print their personal photos. Part of the MyGallery's service is the ability to use FXFoto photo-management software. (Media Street:

Epson Initiates UltraGiclee Print Certification Program: Epson has created a new UltraGiclee print certification program, which will guarantee the longevity of certain Epson fine-art prints.

The UltraGiclee certified fine-art prints will be warranted to resist noticeable fading from 80 years from the original date of purchase. The print must be created on select Epson professional printers using select professional media and Epson UltraChrome ink. In addition, the prints must be framed, handled, and displayed according to the specific warranty conditions.

In order to earn UltraGiclee certification, printmakers will attend a training class on proper training and finishing techniques. Classes will be offered in late spring in various cities across the country; details on these classes will be offered at beginning March 2005.