What makes an L.Type image special, and what should you be looking for when you compare it to others?
Featuring our unique, patented photonic technology, the L.Type print is ultra-high-resolution 400 ppi true continuous tone, considered to be better than 4,000 dpi halftone quality. This allows us to achieve images that truly show no digital patterning at all.
We are proud of our extraordinary photo quality, but the L.Type process is also considered by commentators to be the only real production scale digital print technology that actually exceeds the quality of offset lithography.
Why? Because our L.Type print can combine – for the first time, and on the same page – true contone photographic image quality with crisp fine lines and the sharpest text ever seen on a true photo print (right down to 2-point size, reversed out of a coloured background). This liberates design professionals from any concern about optimum output resolution for type or photographic images.
As with all silver halide printers, the L.Type colour gamut is ultimately limited by the range of the papers on which we print. However, 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 be supplied with an embedded colour profile - ideally in Adobe RGB or sRGB, although we can handle any other profiles, too.
We operate with a fully colour-managed workflow, with all machines calibrated every shift. In addition, we print calibration patches alongside every print, which allows us to confirm our print accuracy to the original image. LumeJet prints achieve amazing colour fidelity, including hard-to-print Pantone® spot colours like reflex blue, neons, metallics and pastels, not to mention amazing blacks.
The ability to handle subtle changes of tone in difficult colours - a gray sky shading from white to 5%, or a clear blue sky - is a true test of a printer. Too often, less capable printers cannot handle these subtle shifts smoothly, and the result can be obvious banding. With over 4 billion colours in our range, and the ability to colour each pixel unit cell exactly, L.Type prints are exceptionally smooth.
HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS
The characteristics discussed above allow us 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.
Our printers print a contone image at a constant 400ppi in both axes - better than 4,000dpi for an ink-based system. This 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 often an even greater level of detail can be revealed under a loupe. Moreover, this resolution means that fine lines - however created - can be reproduced without Moire effects or other aberrations.
Our scanning print head images every single pixel on the page from immediately above, and at a perfectly controlled distance from the paper. 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.
text and graphics
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.