Re: Getting high quality prints from paintings
Thats the term your looking for. But there are so many variables that build into this. Blank Paper stock has a color and gloss to matte all effect color. Humidity...you name it and someone will tell you the problem they had with it.
Look at it this way, You buy latex in large enough batches so you don't run out in the middle because they say they can match but....the color cast is off.
WYSIWIG is an ideal that rarely exists in the printing world. "Acceptable" is the term the printer wants to hear.
CMYK is the real deal from your printer. Thats what they print color with. Cyan, Magents, Yellow and Black cannot make all colors. They are limited. The translation from original can loose brightness or contrast or this and that. The overall yellow might be fine but a specific area in the yellow is too strong. ETC
The Color Seperation and Printing can become an art form. Costly as well.
Now, lil rules of thumb.
Always give the printer an acceptable hard copy. It may be scary but leave the painting with the printer. Or you may try to print at home but the acceptable print at home will visualy change from incandescent to sunlight to flourescent. The same is true for the painting really.
Always get a press proof. Avoid the proof some schlock printers give you from thier ink jet. It does not match the 4 color press. A 4 color proof only matches the press in the moment and only that press. If possible, go to press to see a strike right off the press. That will be the best, but if you make an adjustment, you will have to repeat whole process.
It is very expensive to get press time, set up press, pull a strike off, proof it and repeat.... most printers only offer service for regular clients.
Bottom line....Expect imperfection and anything better will make you happy.
I worked in two labe for color seperation, two textile engraving shops, 1 textile software developer and a textile design house.
Those people can get fussy when a run costs $30,000 and everyone is blaming each other for the problem. If they can't get it right all the time then..........