LumeJet’s L.Type print process recreates the care, personal attention and quality of the traditional darkroom experience for the modern age.
Created with our unique, patented photonic technology, the L.Type print is ultra-high-resolution 400 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) true continuous tone, considered to be better than 4,000 dpi quality from an ink-based printer. This allows us to achieve images that truly show no digital patterning at all.
We are proud of our extraordinary photo quality, but what makes an L.Type image special, and what should you be looking for when you compare it to others?
We use the best silver halide papers in the FujiFilm Professional range. We are continually pushing the boundaries of what is achievable with these papers and can achieve exceptional colour density and make full use of the paper gamut, even with the most difficult colours.
Images should always be supplied with an embedded colour profile - ideally in Adobe RGB or sRGB, although we can handle any other profiles, too. Without a profile, we are only guessing about what you want your images to look like!
L.Type prints achieve amazing colour fidelity, including hard-to-print Pantone® spot colours like reflex blue, neons, metallics and pastels. Our workflow is fully colour-managed and we never ‘enhance’ the files you send us, so we faithfully reproduce what we are given. All our machines are calibrated every shift. In addition, we print calibration patches alongside every print, which allows us to confirm our print accuracy for each print. If you are not using a colour-corrected screen, then you may find that your prints look different to what you are expecting, but if you have a colour-managed process, or access to a colour-managed monitor, all of our printer profiles are available here.
The true test of a printer is its ability to handle subtle changes of tone in difficult colours - a gray sky shading from white to 5%, or a clear blue sky. Too often, printers cannot handle these subtle shifts smoothly, and the result can be obvious banding. L.Type prints are exceptionally smooth, with over 4 billion colours in our range, and the ability to ‘paint’ each pixel unit cell individually.
The L.Type is also able to produce exceptional detail in highlights and low-lights. From the densest blacks to the palest whites and grays, very fine details will be reproduced perfectly, and all along the grayscale your images will be neutral, with no unwanted colour shifts.
Our printers print a continuous tone image at 400 PPI. This means that a pixel-for-pixel print from a 30MP camera will naturally print at A3 size (297mm x 420mm). So we positively encourage you to use the full capability of your camera and upload the highest-resolution images you can. Choose the size of print you want, and we will do the rest, including re-sizing your image appropriately. Our exceptional resolution was designed to allow us to show more detail than the human eye can resolve at arm's length. The result is a level of fine detail that will stun you - and we can reproduce that detail without Moire effects or other aberrations.
The exceptionally fine resolution discussed above also allows us to produce text and graphics with no dot gain, no trapping, no jaggies. We can print pin-sharp text down to 2-point size, including reversed-out text. In fact, we can print accurately smaller than the human eye can read, and our print regularly amazes the most experienced observers. So next time you want text of any form alongside your prints, there’s really only L.Type!
Printing accurately on silver halide demands that every pixel is produced individually and imaged directly from above. Our proprietary scanning print head achieves this in a way that no other printer can. This means that every pixel is the same shape, and the coloured layers in the paper are in perfect vertical alignment. The resulting image is perfectly sharp from edge to edge, with none of the distortions produced by laser-based or enlargement imaging.
Today, we print in extraordinary detail on a piece of paper that can measure up to 305mm x 1000mm. On an A3 paper, we print over 30 million pixels. On the full sheet, we print up to 75 million pixels (for the most detailed panoramas!). Our prints are designed to be held in the hand, or viewed close-up on a wall. In time, we plan to introduce a wider-format machine, probably starting with A2 print capacity (over 60 million pixels). But we do not foresee a very large format machine in the near term. Producing such large images is well within the capability of existing machines, with their lower resolution and larger pixel sizes, and we would simply be making up information that wasn’t in the original image file. Instead, use L.Type prints for your masters, proof copies, portfolios, in the home, in books or any role where several photos will be exhibited or hung and space is constrained.