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GICLÉE PRINTING FOR ARTISTS

Our Giclée art printing service is loved by illustrators, painters and photographers alike. We make colour-perfect Giclée prints for you, using the very latest technology. 

THE PROCESS

Digital Capture

The most important part of digital fine art printmaking is creating a file that is ideal for printing. The process begins with a photographic digital capture of the original artwork or the digital file.We provide hi resolution digital captures.

Color Correction

We color correct each file for print and check it for dust, scratches, or any other imperfections that would potentially impact the final print quality of your work. Color corrections are made using a calibrated RGB monitor.

Proofing

Upon request, we do a proof / test print of each of your files to make sure that the final product is as close to the intended target as possible. Additional color corrections can be made in between proofing to further fine tune the final print and make sure that you are getting nothing short of the best print possible. Test prints are an added cost but can be a vital step, especially if you are not using a calibrated monitor for viewing.

Printing

Once we finish the requested proofing steps we can then move to production. We carefully inspect each and every print to make sure that color stays consistent and to ensure that each one is as finished, crisp and clean as it should be.  

Finishing

Prints are trimmed to the required finish size, and are then packed in one of our custom packing solutions. Prints can be packed flat or rolled. We have several tube options depending on your shipping needs. 

Fine art paper: prints that are made to last

 

Because fine art paper is intended for the printing of high quality photographs, its quality must be ideally suited to receiving inks and pigments. The composition of the surface layer must allow the ink to adhere well over time, while offering a neutral pH to ensure that the paper also stands the test of time.

Lastly, a fine art paper will allow you to emphasize the composition of the image, while providing the ideal support for intense colors and marked contrasts, while also enabling a wide range of grey tones.

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We provide a Certificate of Authenticity available for all artists using our fine art printing services.

This Certificate of Authenticity guarantees that fine art prints manufactured by Fine Art Master Printer meet the highest print quality standards, materials and archival pigment inks are used to produce every single print we print.  We guarantee that our best practices are used by our ourselves, to certify that photographic and artwork reproduction prints have not come into contact with age threatening contaminates.

Frequently asked questions

What file format do you need for printing?


Print File Resolution The preferred file resolution is 300 ppi. Your files should, ideally, be this resolution at the final print size that you intend to create. We can accept files that are a lower resolution than this, and we can enlarge your files as requested, but it’s important to understand that this is not the most ideal situation and can result in a lower quality print. We will let you know if your file is lower than 150 pixels/inch at final print size, as this is the lowest resolution we recommend for printing. Preferred File Formats .tiff .jpg (keep in mind that you will incur a significant loss in quality, but since JPEG lets you compress full-color files to smaller sizes) .png .raw ( contact us before sending ) Please provide all files in 8 bits / channel. 16 or 32 bit files should be converted to 8 prior to uploading. Color Space for Printing We print in RGB. For best results, please convert your files to RGB ( Adobe 1998 ) prior to sending to us. Your best bet for getting on the same page with us – in terms of color – is to view your print files on a calibrated monitor using Adobe1998 as your working space. The color that is displayed on an uncalibrated monitor can be quite different from what we see on our studio monitors. This is particularly important to be aware of if you are working with us from outside of Connecticut or if you are going to put in an order as direct-to-print with no proofing.




Should I include white borders on my files before sending them?


If you would like white borders on your prints, please include them in your print file before sending. If you need assistance with formatting your files, please let us know. There may – in some cases – be a charge for this, but we consider each job individually and will let you know up front if there are any costs associated with your request.




How long do Giclée pritns last?


We use CANON PRO 4000 and a twelve-color LUCIA PRO pigmented ink set with Chroma Optimizerand. All of our prints (paper and canvas) are archival, which means we use only certified archival papers, inks, coatings, and other framing materials. The inks and papers we use are rated for longetivity and permanence by Wilheim Research to last 90+years without any fading or color change when displayed under proper conditions (no direct UV light for extended periods of time). You can be sure your investment will remain in the same condition you receive it for many generations.




What is a Giclée?


The Term: The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high-resolution digital scans or files and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.