Moving from Metal to Thermoplastic

Fine-art giclee prints of Chris De Rubeis' airbrush art

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The Job
After meeting the artist at New York's ArtExpo, California-based IPG was given the job of producing fine-art giclee prints of Chris De Rubeis' airbrush art. The challenge: His originals are done on 24 x 48-in. metal panels-aluminum or copper.

The Client
Chris De Rubeis, airbrush artist

The Players
IPG Imaging Professionals

Tools & Supplies
Cruse CS 220/450 SL 42 x 72-in. scanner
Roland Hi-Fi JET Pro FJ-600
8-color pigment-based inks
Roland PETG Super Hi-Gloss media
Westen Magnum XRL-480 hot roll laminator
Alcan Sintra board
Lexan high-gloss laminate

IPG scanned the original works with its Cruse scanner (at 460 dpi, 450-MB file), then used its Roland Hi-Fi JET Pro to output the file onto Roland PETG, a clear thermoplastic material that allows for high-res printing while providing a metallic look. The final prints were mounted onto Sintra and laminated with Lexan for maximum durability. Each giclee was numbered and sent to the artist. The prints, which took 3 days from start to finish, will be sold at galleries and on the artist's website (a 24 x 48-in. giclee sells for $900 to $1100). Of note: The project is ongoing and IPG is working with artists to print directly onto aluminum and copper, now using its Nur Tempo.

The 8 colors (CMYKcmOG) on the Roland Hi-Fi JET were an important factor in producing these prints, says Rick Farrell, president of IPG. "The available 8 colors give you the color gamut necessary from a production standpoint-this is an example of a job that could not be done without the 8-color." "

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