What is a Lightjet Print?
"A LightJet Print is not photo quality, it is a true photograph on actual photographic paper"
The LightJet Print is the highest quality direct digital photographic process available today. LightJet printers use continuous tone photographic media, which means each pixel on an image can be any shade of 68 billion colors. The LightJet prints up to 50"x120" images directly to photographic paper, backlit DuraTrans materials, Metallic paper or clear material. LightJet's imaging technology ensures a constant pixel size, shape and intensity over the entire image. Media is held stationary within a precision internal drum, while a spinning mirror directs laser light to expose the photographic material. LightJet printers set the standard for true photographic quality achieving image quality superior to all wide format printers - photographic, inkjet and electrostatic.
Inkjet or Lightjet?
Inkjet printers, which simulate photo quality with half-tone dot patterns, would need to image at 4000 dpi to duplicate the same crispness, highlights, and shadow detail. Lightjet 430 exposes photographic paper with laser light. There are no dots or ink on paper as seen with Inkjet and other processes.There is no printhead going back and forth, hence no banding, no grainy dot pattern. A Lightjet photograph is an actual photographic print exposed by the Lightjet laser. The printer reads the information from the digital file, then uses lasers to expose the image onto Fuji Crystal Archive paper. This paper has been tested to be more archival than other popular color printing methods (lasting over 60 years without noticeable fading in controlled conditions).
Lambda prints or Lightjet prints?
Other printers such as the Lambda, use an optical imaging system which softens the photographic image as compared to a Lightjet which uses lasers.
Why a Lightjet print?
Exhibition quality prints; archival lasting up to 70 years
High-quality, photographic, continuous-tone prints
The sharpest images and text of any process available
Exceptional detail, contrast and color saturation with brilliant whites and deep blacks
Easier and faster than lithographic and silkscreen process
Image quality is far superior to inkjet-printed images
Prints do not require lamination which reduces cost
Very cost effective for one-offs, short to moderate runs
Superb color richness ideally suited for backlit displays
Fuji Crystal Archive (available in gloss and matte)
Fuji Flex (a stunning, reflective film material)
Fuji Clear (clear "transparent" material) *white areas of file are rendered as clear.
Kodak Professional Metallic paper
Fine Art Editions
Airport and Transit Graphics
Retail Lifestyle Graphics