Sample roll used for product evaluation - Poly-cotton canvas with no optical brighteners
When Hahnemuhle discontinued their wonderful Monet canvas, we evaluated all the options from Ilford, Canson, etc etc. as replacements for our own fine art printing service.
Lyve was our 2nd best choice canvas - the print quality is exceptionally good with it. However, it's ink adherence is not quite as good as Hahnemuhle Daguerre, so we chose that in the end after an extensive test period. With Lyve you do really need to coat your prints to avoid smudges with heavily inked areas (as is that case with most canvasses, but not the Hahnemuhle).
Please note: This clearance product is a sample roll that was used for product evaluation. There is approx 3/4+ of roll remaining on the 12m roll & one smaller 3m testing roll (i.e. in total 12+ metres of canvas). Usually $230, now only $115.
Please note - As usual, we can not accept any returns or exchanges on clearance products.
An award-winning inkjet canvas by Breathing Color that provides great colour gamut and dmax combined with inkjet archival certification.
You can apply a laminate to the canvas without having to worry and get the exceptional standard you're looking for in fine art and photography printmaking.
The Lyve™ Inkjet Canvas is a 19 mil bright white, consistent poly-cotton blend matte canvas using an acid-free, neutral pH coating. "Chromata White" inkjet technology gives end-users the most stable platform on which to print photographs and fine art giclees without the metamerism issues or colour shift issues inherent on other inkjet canvases. Optical Brighteners compromise the attainment of true colour, they complicate profiling accuracy, and they inevitably deteriorate and yellow over time.The water resistant surface works exceptionally well with Glamour II Varnish, a proprietary water-based top coat coating designed specifically for the Breathing Color line of inkjet canvas. If coated, this canvas will not crack even under extremely rigorous stretching conditions (canvas gallery wrap) and contains an acid-free, neutral pH coating.
Cotton Polyester Blend
Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.
We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.
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Papers are constructed in two main ways:
Resin Coated papers are the modern approach. These use less fibre and replace the fibre with resin (a nice name for plastic). This means these papers are cheap, strong and robust, but tend to be less attractive to the touch and accept less ink. They tend to have a clinical appearance and it's hard to write on the back of them. They tend to be popular in the consumer and wedding/portrait markets.
Fibre Based papers are traditional papers made without plastic, using only plant fibres. These tend to accept more ink and have a more attractive appearance, and these are the papers most of our customers favour.
What is the paper base made from?
In 'gsm' - grams per square metre.
Not, technically, the same as paper thickness, but obviously correlated. The heft of the paper. European art papers are traditionally generally around the 300gsm mark. Asian papers historically tended to be lighter, 100 to 200 gsm.
Papers with a higher GSM tend to have more opacity, i.e. you see less through them.
What is the surface texture of the paper?
We divide this into six groups. We go by the appearance of the actual paper and not what the manufacturer might label the box with!
What is the white tone of the paper?
These days almost all papers are microporous coated - meaning they'll accept inks from both dye based and pigment printers well.
In years past, some papers had a swellable coating - designed to give a greater life to prints with dye based inks but this approach has fallen out of favour.
What ink type (dye and/or pigments) can you use with the paper?
Also, if using pigment inks and you have a choice, should you use the Matte Black or Photo Black ink?
Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?
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