Giclée printing is a technique which creates museum-quality reproductions of your paintings, drawings and photographs. From my Edinburgh studio where I create all of my own work, I also offer a Giclée printing service for other artists. I have lots of gorgeous paper to choose from, size options and there is no minimum order!
Giclée prints are also known as Fine Art Prints or Archival Prints. The terminology and technical aspects of the process can be a bit daunting, but the basic idea is that, using a specialised printer, 9+ different pigment inks and beautiful paper, prints are created which are the closest you can get to an original piece of art.
Being a maker myself, I know how important it is to capture colour and detail as accurately and as true to the original as possible. Here are some examples of recent prints I have made for some wonderful local artists.
PRICE LIST (January 2016)
EPSON PREMIUM LUSTRE PHOTO 250gsm
Perfect for creating stunning photographic prints. This instant drying paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints. Premium Luster Photo Paper delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions.
EPSON ULTRASMOOTH MATTE 190gsm
A fantastic archive grade paper which is perfect for creating affordable fine art prints. Made from 100% cotton rag, acid-free and has the greatest archivability required by photographers and fine artists. It also has the greatest scratch resistance of any archival paper on the market.
SOMERSET VELVET 225gsm
A beautiful paper which looks and feels like watercolour paper. Somerset Velvet is radiant white in colour, with a surface finish that is only seen on authentic art papers.
HAHNEMUEHLE COTTON RAG 308gsm
A beautifully soft, bright white paper with a velvet soft texture. Perfect for creating high quality art prints or stationery.
HAHNEMUEHLE BAMBOO 290gsm
The first fine art paper made with bamboo fibres. This really is is a gorgeous, luxury paper ideal for creating fine art prints and beautiful stationery. Particularly suitable for warm-toned colour and monochrome prints, Bamboo really highlights the sensuality of images.
If you are sending a digital file for me to print from, I recommend that you order a printed proof so you can check the quality of the print and the paper before having your final order printed.
This gives you a chance to make any changes to the image as the print may not match what you see on your own computer screen. I can then make those changes for you and print a revised proof. The cost for creating an A4 proof is £5.00.
HOW TO SEND YOUR FILES
For large files (e.g. over 5MB), I recommend using Wetransfer.com. Full instructions on how to use the service can be found on the WeTransfer site.
Smaller files can be emailed to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FILE TYPES & SIZES
I recommend saving your images as either a Tiff or Photoshop PSD - a flattened version with no layers or adjustments layers please. PDFs are also suitable, especially for vector images - PDFs are preferred over native Illustrator files or EPS.
Images should be 300dpi (or higher) at the size you want them to be printed. Images can be either RGB or CMYK - there's no need to convert from one to the other. If sending RGB images, we recommend using the Adobe RGB (1998) colour space.
If you're not sure if your image will print to the size want for your prints, please feel free to send me your images and I'll take a look and let you know the ideal size for printing.
Compression (Zip Files)
To make your files smaller, you might want to try 'zipping' or compressing the file or files. This creates a smaller file by compressing the files down. Don’t worry, it doesn't reduce the quality of your images.
On a Mac, you can right click (or ctrl + click) on any file or folder of files and click Compress "File/folder", this will create a new file with the same name but with a .zip extension. On a Windows PC, right click on a file and select Compressed (zipped) Folder from the Send To menu, again - this will create a new file with the same name but a .zip extention. The amount your files will be compressed will depend on the type and the contents of the file.
HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER
If you’d like to place an order, please e-mail with the following information:
1) Your name
2) Contact telephone number
3) Email address
4) Preferred delivery address
5) Would you like to see a printed proof of your print/s before placing your order?
6) Print size including what, if any, white borders you require.
7) Number of prints required
8) Paper type
9) Are you working to a deadline? This can be very helpful to know.
Once I have all your details, I will send you an invoice which you can pay via either of the following methods:
You can pay by PayPal from the link that is included on the invoice that I'll email to you. You can also send the payment via your PayPal account; log in to your account, selecting 'Send Money' from the navigation and using email@example.com for the 'To' field, fill out the rest of the form, and click continue. On the confirmation screen at the bottom, please quote your invoice number in the message box.
You can use Internet or telephone banking to make a transfer. The account details will be included on your invoice. Please use the invoice number as the reference for the transfer.
The following delivery options are available:
Royal Mail 1st Class Standard: £2.20
Royal Mail Signed For: £4.99
Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard: £1.75
Usually 2-3 days depending on the size of the order.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The easiest way is to drop me a quick e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.