L-Type Prints

  • The world's best photo print...
  • The world's best photo print...

The LumeJet S200 can combine – for the first time, and on the same page – true contone photographic image quality with crisp fine lines and the sharpest text ever seen on a true photo print (right down to 1-point size, reversed out of a coloured background).

This liberates design professionals from any concern about optimum output resolution for type or photographic images. Featuring our unique, patented photonic technology, the LumeJet S200 L.Type prints ultra high resolution 400 dpi contone, considered to be better than 4000 dpi halftone quality for achieving images that truly show no digital patterning at all.

LumeJet text (scanned on Epson at 4800dpi)

We are proud of our extraordinary photo quality, but the LumeJet process is also a commercial digital printer for a range of high value applications normally associated with commercial digital print service providers. It is considered by commentators to be the only real production scale digital print technology that actually exceeds the quality of offset lithography.

An inkless process, the LumeJet S200 prints on 305 mm wide rolls of photographic paper, cut in lengths from 200mm to 1000mm. Using RGB colourspace, the LumeJet S200 is ICC profiled and achieves amazing colour fidelity, including hard-to-print Pantone® spot colours like reflex blue, neons, metallics and pastels, not to mention amazing blacks. The LumeJet S200's high quality prints provide a competitive edge to artists and designers, professional photographers, artisans and the craft community, jewellers, models, stylists, luxury brands, architects, marketing and advertising agencies...in fact, any brand seeking to stand out from its competitors.

  • Ultra High Quality Printing | considered to be better than 4000 dpi inkjet quality
  • Fine Text & Graphics | no dot gain, no trapping, no jaggies; prints pin-sharp text down to 1-point size
  • Contone | no screens, no registration, no introduced moiré; just true photographic quality images
  • RGB Colourspace | larger gamut than CMYK, matches hard-to-print Pantone® spot colours, ICC profiles
  • Flexible & Scalable | takes 305 mm photographic roll media with maximum print size of 1000 x 305 mm
  • Inkless Printing | process uses fewer consumables (no expensive inks), and involves no wetting or offset
  • Edge-to-Edge Printing | no bleed, no trim means less waste and less maintenance
  • Direct Imaging | single pass process with no plates, no registration (fewer steps)
  • Short Run | ideal for print on demand applications of 1-100+ copies, variable data
  • Choice of Print Media | 12 pre-coated media types currently proven - standard photographic, deep matte, textured
  • Potential Applications | easy creasing and binding solutions, ideal for layflat books
  • Great British Technology | developed, marketed and supported by LumeJet in Coventry

Contone vs Halftone

For high end colour printing applications, there’s a traditional divide between contone and halftone output. Contone prints on photographic paper are widely regarded as the benchmark for image quality, longevity, colour fidelity and competitive cost; whilst halftone methods have become something of the default for text, line art and convenience.

Continuous tone photographic images contain an infinite range of colours, and no dot structure. They’re produced via a wet chemical process that uses the reaction of light on substances in photo-sensitive paper to achieve incredibly smooth images. This is wonderful for pictorial graphics and photographs, but less successful for text, which becomes blurry and illegible at small point sizes.

Halftoning was developed in the nineteenth century as a way to reproduce photographs in newspapers, it reduces shades to patterns of dots of different sizes, shapes or spacing which could be printed with a single ink. At that time, the majority of printing was for words on paper – black text on a (white) background. Halftones simulate continuous tone images by optical illusion : the human eye blends the dots into smooth tones.

For a single colour ink (B&W images), halftoning is relatively straightforward. Colour printing with multiple screens is more complicated, as it’s important to keep the different coloured dots close together to fool the eye into seeing different colours. However, overlaying dots of different arrangements may cause unwanted visual effects like moire patterns. Positioning the colours at different angles reduces this problem, and groups the dots into characteristic rosettes.

Digital halftoning was introduced during the 1980s in new imagesetters with PostScript RIPs, capable of handling all page elements (photographs, type and graphics) at higher resolutions. Thirty years later, PostScript technology has become industry standard, both accessible and affordable : the problem of printing words and images on the same page still remains.

Until now.

Halftone magnified output (leading printer)
LumeJet S200 magnified output
Halftone magnified output (leading printer)
LumeJet S200 magnified output
Conventional Continuous Tone
LumeJet true 400dpi Continuous Tone

The our unique production process features new, photonic technology to print digitally on standard photographic roll paper. LumeJet's Digital Print Head achieves ultra high resolutions, pinpoint accuracy with all the benefits of photo paper – true contone images. So for the first time, it’s possible to combine photographic images, fine vector artwork and pin-sharp text (right down to one point size, in colour, reversed out of a black background) on the same page.