Artwork/Reproduction... Reproducing your artwork be it a watercolor an oil painting or a fabric quilt, can be frustrating for an artist. You have a favorite color palette that have use. Then... you find that your reproductions do not look as expected when you get photo prints back or have it published. The reason is that each printer/paper combination has an explicit color gamut it can reproduce and your colors may not be enclosed within these gamut capabilities. Adjustments are needed to change your out of gamut colors to the closest "perceived" color value. Sometimes we can get very close to your spot color and there is virtually an indistinguishable color shift that most people will not visually see or be aware of. But sometimes this is not the case and you then have to make sacrifices with your color values. The thing to keep in mind is that every camera, every film, and every scanner has a color bias and a specific color capture capability that you may need to make adjustments for in your final output.

So you can't figure out why the prints look so bad! And why can't you get something from your printer that looks like the painting you're standing there looking at? Looking at the first two of the above images may give you an idea how artwork colors might look to a particular capture device and then, to the right, as it has been adjusted to match the actual look of the painting. From a digital file I can give the image a global correction or color specific corrections depending on your particular requirements. Often it is a combination of both global and color specific corrections because of the sensitivity of the capture device to particular wavelengths in the visible color spectrum. The second two paintings show a typical vibrant and saturated color palette that is not easy to reproduce in CMYK color space. Digital photography has come a long way in the last four years. Individuals and their printers are finally understanding the limitations of the equipment, color management, and soft proofing for output! Once again as I stated above... not all of your oil/watercolor/fabric colors will be able to be matched by the color output of a CMYK press.

Another problem that you may want to correct for is the effects of age and atmospheric contaminants. Probably the paper or fabric that was used for the painting was not archival and may have considerable yellowed. The work may have been left in the sun and faded from the exposure to UV rays. There may have been smokers near the artwork adding to the discoloration. At any rate you want to see the image restored back to some of its original brilliance... Digital manipulation is the fix you need.