Artists, photographers, graphic designers and many other creative individuals use our digital fine art printing services to recreate fine art or photographic prints from their original digital files or artwork. All the fine art prints we produce are printed at a default resolution of 1440dpi on one of our 64" Epson 11880 printers. All our fine art materials have been profiled for output through one of our Shiraz software RIPS (raster image processors) to ensure the highest quality possible. Our Epson 11880 utilises 9 colours, 4 of which are blacks and uses the industry standard UltraChrome K3 inks. Printing at resolutions of upto 2880dpi, this printer offers one of the highest degrees of accuracy, quality and richness of colours available from any fine art printer available today.
What is a Giclee Print?
A giclée print is a piece of printed artwork or photograph produced by using a high quality digital inkjet printer. The French word giclée is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid, this is what inkjet printers do when they coat the paper with pigment. The term giclée is the name commonly given to an inkjet limited edition reproduction piece of artwork, photograph or digitally created work. Using the latest digital printing equipment and profiling technology, we print with archival quality inks onto various medias, including artists canvas, fine art and photo-base papers. Epson expects their UltraChrome K3 inks to have a life expectancy in excess of 100 years when out of direct sunlight.
One of the main advantages of digital inkjet printing is that prints can be ordered on-demand, therefore cutting costs by eliminating the need to commit to the long run lengths of traditional offset litho printing. The process is based on a cost-effective supply and demand basis, with the added flexibility of being able to print at various sizes and on different media such as art paper, canvas or board.
What Do You Need to Supply?
Ideally you need to already have a digital image (prepared to our artwork specifications) or a photo of your original artwork. Alternatively if you do not have your own image you can purchase a large, hi-resolution image from one of the many online photo libraries, such as www.istockphoto.com, where buyers can brouse thousands of royalty free, high quality and affordable images to download. If your original artwork requires scanning we can arrange for this to be carried out by a local specialist scanning house. Our studio can also help in the digital restoration of old or damaged prints, we can also remove red eye the effect that flash photography sometimes has on our eyes.
When you place an order we will advise that you also order a set of 2 proofs for checking purposes*. The proofs will be sized at 200mm on the longest side and printed on the final material to be used. One proof will be a reduced version of your complete image, the other will be selected portion printed at 100% of the final size so that the detail can be checked (Cost: £12.50 + £2.50 p&p). If required you, or one of our highly experienced designgers can then make any colour adjustments, retouching etc. as you feel necessary. You can then either order another set of proofs for final checking, or order your final size print/s if you are happy to proceed.
Packaging and Delivery
Our care and attention to detail is carried right through to our despatch department. Your fine art print/s will be packaged with the utmost care to ensure they arrive in pristine condition. The delivery cost will depend upon your location, the size, weight and delivery time that you require. Further details can be found on our Delivery Information
Our Range of Fine Art Medias for Giclée Printing
Using some of the very finest papers, including those from the world famous Hahnemühle Paper Mill, your original artwork can be reproduced as a limited edition Giclée Fine Art print. The Hahnemühle Paper Mill in Germany has been producing mould made artist papers for over 415 years.