Technikal Support

Technikal Support was born out of a true love for the materials and processes of photography and a desire to make prints that reveal the intention of the artist, not the technology. TS helps photographers take control of their image reproduction so they aren’t limited to picking a printer and paper off the shelf or sending a PDF to press with fingers crossed.

Picture making isn’t simply image reproduction—it is as much an art as it is a science. Technikal Support bridges the gap, so that artists can perfect their expression, regardless of whether it’s for the screen, wall, or press. Have questions? Contact Technikal Support.

Services include: Scanning, Prepress, Pigment Printing, & Darkroom.

Scanning of negatives, transparencies, and prints up to 12 x 18 in. is handled by the Creo iQsmart 2. It combines high optical resolution with well-managed 16-bit color. Optional fluid mounting minimizes time spent retouching. Larger prints and other artworks are reproduced with a high resolution copy camera. File size is based on uncompressed 16-bit RGB TIFs. Batch discounts are available.

Prepress work begins with proper color management. First we determine your press’s aim (a standard reference printing condition such as FOGRA or GRACoL). Then separations are made to best translate your photographs to that reference. Contract proofs are printed directly from the separations to ISO 12647-7:2016 specifications. For black & white reproductions, duotone or tritone separations are possible. These require close communication with your press and match prints are mandatory.

Pigment printing up to 64 in. wide is done on the industry leading Epson SureColor P20000 through a CMYK based RIP. Before profiling with state-of-the-art tools, every paper undergoes rigorous testing to determine optimal ink densities, tune light ink crossovers, and linearize each channel. This ensures a large gamut, accurate neutrals, and smooth gradients. Extensive color correction, if necessary, is billed at $60/hr.

Darkroom services include black & white film processing and gelatin silver printing. Small-batch rotary development and contact printing are available for formats up to 20 x 24 in. Enlargements are available for formats up to 5 x 7 in. Due to inconsistent supply chains and the rising cost of traditional photographic materials, all darkroom services are quoted on a per project basis.

Find them at:
Technikal Support
1114 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

By Appointment:
Monday – Saturday, 10 – 5

+1 626-817-3470

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