Colour Calibrating to make an Archival Signed Edition Print
In order to make a high quality edition print from an original artwork,
each colour has to be matched on screen to the original. The Screen
itself has first to be calibrated and the settings interfaced with the printer.
When working from a water colour the colour quality is crucial and all the
fine gradations of colour have to be examined in detail, too much yellow
and the image appears too warm and blues turn to green.
Blue is often the most critical colour to match, too much magenta for
example can turn a blue into a violet. A change of 1% - 2% in just one
colour can change the relationship of the whole.
The image here is a masterful watercolour by Gerard Stamp who has
produced a collection of church interior and exterior studies. The artist
employs a series of finely layered washes to achieve an atmospher of
glowing light. The process is highly suitable to this kind of fine work and
the artist may view more than one proof in order to be satisfied with the
result. This level of colour calibration can take several days.
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