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Services: ChromaLuxe® Fine Art Printing

ChromaLuxe Fine Art Print with high-gloss finish. Artwork: Jimi Hendrix 1967 © Mike Berkofsky

ChromaLuxe Fine Art Print (detail) with high-gloss finish. Artwork: Jimi Hendrix 1967 © Mike Berkofsky

ChromaLuxe Fine Art Print (detail) with high-gloss finish. Artwork: Jimi Hendrix 1967 © Mike Berkofsky

African Buffalo (Portrait) 2009 © David Lloyd, produced as a ChromaLuxe Fine Art Print.

''Forest Green' © David Anthony Hall. ChromaLuxe Fine Art Print with a matte finish.

'Malaika' Cheetah (detail), Masai Mara 2014 © David Lloyd. ChromaLuxe Fine Art print on white polymer-based aluminium with matte finish.

'Malaika' Cheetah, Masai Mara 2014 © David Lloyd. ChromaLuxe Fine Art print on white polymer-based aluminium.

'Malaika' Cheetah, Masai Mara 2014 © David Lloyd. ChromaLuxe Fine Art print on clear polymer-based aluminium.

ChromaLuxe Fine Art print on white polymer-based aluminium with tray frame. Artwork: 'Hide and Seek', 2013, © Slinkachu, courtesy of Andipa Gallery.

Our new ChromaLuxe® Fine Art printing service uses a process called ‘dye sublimation’ to produce images or artwork on slimline aluminium with either a high gloss or matte finish. These 1.2mm thin metal prints have an intense depth and colour intensity that is comparable to that of traditional Cibachrome prints or photographs produced using Kodak Kodachrome or Fujifilm Velvia colour-reversal or transparency films. In addition, ChromaLuxe prints are also archival, waterproof, fire resistant, chemical resistant, abrasion resistant and exclusive in London to Genesis Imaging.

What is ChromaLuxe® Fine Art printing?

ChromaLuxe printing uses a process called ‘dye sublimation’ to fuse images on to metal.  The term ‘sublimation’ describes the transition of a substance (in this case, the special inks) directly from the solid to the gas phase without becoming a liquid first.

The 8 dye sublimation inks we use for the production of your work consist of a solid and heat intensive dye. Your image or artwork is first printed as a Giclee print using these inks, on to transfer paper, which is then applied to a specially coated 1.2mm aluminium panel. Using both heat and pressure the dye particles change into a gas, bond with the polymers in the aluminium, and then change back into a solid state; fusing the image and aluminium together.

Why Should I Choose ChromaLuxe® Fine Art printing?

With our ChromaLuxe printing service, you can achieve intensely sharp colour or black and white prints of your images or artwork with an intense depth and durability.

The ChromaLuxe printing process produces images on aluminium with an outstanding depth and intensity of colour – comparable to traditional Cibachrome prints or photographs produced using Kodak Kodachrome or Fujifilm Velvia colour-reversal or transparency films – that really has to be seen to be believed.

ChromaLuxe prints are archival, highly resilient and require no additional glass, acrylic, lamination or coating to protect them. The dye sublimation process renders images waterproof, abrasion resistant, fire resistant and chemical resistant – making artwork suitable for almost any interior or exterior environment. Using this unique process, images and artwork is even suitable for display underwater. For high-traffic areas, or climatically challenging environments, this new service offers an unparalleled endurance and remarkable stability.

Our ChromaLuxe Fine Art Prints are available in in sizes up to 70” x 40” and can be precision cut to almost any shape that you desire.

We offer ChromaLuxe printing to either white or clear polymer based aluminium panels. Our white coated aluminium panels offer true-colour reproductions of your images or artwork, without any colour distortion. For those looking to achieve a metallic finish, our clear polymer-based aluminium panels use a transparent coating that allows the reflective qualities of the aluminium panel to shine through the lighter areas of your image. For optimum flexibility, both options are available in either a high gloss or matte finish.

Genesis Imaging is a ChromaLuxe certified lab.

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Introducing ChromaLuxe Fine Art Printing:

ChromaLuxe Fine Art Printing; The Full Process

What Our Clients Say About Chromaluxe Fine Art Printing:

“I photographed Jimi Hendrix back in 1967 but unfortunately most of the film was damaged in a flood in the basement of the magazine that I was shooting for. I was only left with the clip test, which I rediscovered in 2010. After a year of removing fungus, cleaning, scanning and restoration, The National Portrait Gallery acquired a print. As they required this to be a traditional photographic print rather than an inkjet, I spent a further two years producing 10×8” transparencies in an attempt to reduce the contrast inherent in the Cibachrome print that was produced in 2012, but I was never really happy with it.

It’s only that recently I was introduced to the great team at GENESIS and amazed at the clarity, faithful definition and contrast that the Chromaluxe delivered in just one day. If only I knew back then…”

Mike Berkofsky, Photographer.

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FAQ expand all

What is the difference between Direct to Media Printing and ChromaLuxe® Fine Art printing?

Both services offer exceptional results on aluminium, there are however some distinct differences. The sublimation process used to produce ChromaLuxe Fine Art prints uses high degrees of heat with special dye sublimation inks to physically fuse images or artwork into the aluminium, providing a smooth and durable metal print in either a matte or high gloss finish. In contrast, with our Direct to Media printing, your image does not penetrate the surface of your chosen substrate.

We can also offer either a high gloss or matte finish with ChromaLuxe printing whereas Direct to Media printing is available in a matte finish only.

ChromaLuxe printing also offers more durable results on aluminium than using a Direct to Media process and is particularly suited for display in high-traffic areas or climatically challenging environments.

Can you use this process to print my artwork on any other substrates?

Currently, we have honed our skills and expertise to offer printing in this way to slimline aluminium. However, our Direct to Media printing process offers the ability to print direct to almost any substrate imaginable – including wood, Perspex, glass, concrete, rubber and many, many more. Find out more about Direct to Media UV Printing.

What are the benefits to using ChromaLuxe® Fine Art printing rather than mounting my print on aluminium?

ChromaLuxe printing uses a dye sublimation process to physically fuse your image on to aluminium, meaning that the mounting process is not required, saving significant time.

ChromaLuxe prints are also far more durable than prints mounted on aluminium and are extremely hard-wearing, abrasion resistant, fire resistant and waterproof.

The process also gives images a similar look to traditional Cibachrome prints with an intense depth that has to be seen to be believed.

How can I hang my ChromaLuxe® Fine Art Prints?

Each completed piece is supplied with an Aluminium sub-frame – making it easy to hang and providing additional rigidity and support against warping. This sub-frame also provides a visible space between the mounted work and the wall, giving a 3 dimensional ‘floating’ presence with a modern drop shadow beneath.

Our Keyline and Tray framing services also offer a popular glassless framing option and with our extensive range of exhibition quality mouldings, we’re able to create bespoke frames in a diverse range of finishes.