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Image capture is by far the most important step in the art reproduction process because it determines how many details, tones and colors will be available in the print file. Some giclée printing companies use specialized “scanning-back” cameras for ultra-high-resolution capture with minimal risk of damage to the original. Compared to 10-megapixel consumer cameras or even 39-megapixel pro-model cameras, a scanning-back camera captures from 200 to 416 megapixels of data in every image.

Proper lighting techniques also matter,The correct lighting equipment avoids highlights and makes it possible to capture every nuance (even brushstrokes) of a painting without glare or hot spots.

A high-resolution, properly lit, color-managed capture process is critical to getting the sharpness, detail and color accuracy you expect. Artists who believe they can simply use a good-quality camera to create an image file from their artwork may end up with blurry or fuzzy prints that don’t show all the fine details of their originals.

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