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Frequently Asked Questions :

Can I reproduce an image from my digital camera?
What are the resolutions of your printers?
What is dot gain?
How large of an image can you print?
Do photographers print on watercolor papers?
How long will my prints last?
Should I protect my prints and are they waterproof?


Dot gain is a measure of the spread of an ink droplet when it is applied to a substrate. The smaller the dot gain, the higher the effective resolution of the substrate.

Canvas and photobase paper offer the smallest dot gain which is required for works with ultra-fine detail. However, photobase does not have the archival properties of canvas and watercolor papers.

Arches and Somerset Enhanced watercolor papers have a higher dot gain, but the resolution of these papers is more than sufficient to reproduce most art.

We have found that Somerset Velvet has the highest dot gain of the watercolor papers. This may be acceptable for some art, especially watercolor paintings.