"The archival image transfer process is fun and pretty simple. It involves using an alcohol based substance to manually transfer the ink from a high quality pigment inkjet print (originally printed on a transparency film) to thick printmaking paper. The resulting transfer print takes a digital image and renders it with visual attributes associated with a hand printed image. From there the print can also be additionally overpainted with acrylics, watercolor, or inks if desired.
When I say pigment inks that is what will get optimum results and what the higher end HP and Epson printers use, but any inkjet printer will work. Color laser printers will also work, although I haven't worked with them, and they require a different set of transparencies, papers and materials but get equally fine results. As for the transparencies, you can see below that one of the manufacturers I've used with success is Apollo, who makes them for inkets, lasers, and copiers. Their phone is 1-888-296-8676, and you can find them on Amazon at this link.
So, what I can tell you specifically about is the process I've worked with so far to go along with the images below:
1. I first print out to the transparency, making sure in Photoshop that in the print settings "Mirror Image" is clicked on. That's because when you lay the print down later, the emulsion side will be facing down.
2. For the most part you want smooth, heavy, or "hot press," printmaking paper. I use 140lb or 300g or higher, although that's a personal call. But because you're wetting down the paper with alcohol and perhaps later with paint if that's your intent, you want a thick paper that will stand up to all this. You will want to have printed out your Studio Artist generated image to transparency first well in advance before proceeding.
Marks portfolio web site is located here. He also has a San Francisco aesthetic site which makes me a little homesick here.