The Printing Process

We don't want to ruin the magic, but here is some information on how your map is created.

We process your file to make sure there are no print or color defects prior to printing. We then print the map, dry it and do a quality review. If the print is not up to standard it is immediately reprinted. This process can take up to 3 business days.

Once we have signed off on the quality of the print a shipping label is created that tells the carrier to collect it on the following day. Once your order has shipped it will depend on the standard of shipping you chose and the location.

Details of materials used:

We operate a broad range of print machines and are capable of supplying everything from traditional C-type silver gelatin prints through to inkjet prints using a process commonly known as Giclée printing.

As a Fine Art Trade Guild approved printer our prints undergo annual testing by a UKAS-approved laboratory. Key requirements for this quality standard are the lightfastness of a print, ensuring that it scores a value of 6 or more on the Blue Wool Scale in all areas.

We only use original and official UV (pigment based) inks ensuring each print faithfully reproduces the tone, temperature and colour of the original image. UV inks contain enhanced light stabilisers; offering far more durability than dye-based inks; protecting the vibrancy of your prints for over 100 years in ideal conditions.

Colour management

One of the most important aspects of our printing process is colour management. Colour management involves the constant calibration of our printers, monitors, scanners and software to ensure the colour of your prints precisely matches the previews you get from the website. It’s painstaking but vitally important work.

Colour management is one of our core principles and helps guarantee you receive the best quality prints possible.

Highlights:

Museum grade art matte paper

printed using the Giclée process

100+ year colour guarantee

Professional colour management

Museum archival quality process and materials

I think we covered everything, but send us an email to help@thenightsky.com if you have any further questions.

x Night Sky Team


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