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6 Top Tips for printing art as Giclée Prints

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Printing art as giclée prints can seem overwhelming when you look at the options, so we have broken it down into it’s simplest form. We list all the relevant options you need to be aware of and how to get the most from your giclée prints. This should make it easier for you when ordering giclée prints online. You will be better informed as to what giclée print choices there are and know what you need to order, to achieve the giclée print you are looking for.

Firstly we just wanted to make you aware that a giclée print really means a print that is created using achival fine art print papers and archival pigment inks. There are a number of inks used, ranging from 8 colours up to 12 colours. Micro dots of ink are applied to the membrane on the print papers. The quality and longevity of a giclée print is far superior to an inkjet print. This becomes obvious when you see our fine art giclée prints next to an inkjet print.

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Top Tips for Giclée Printing
fisherman on shore painting printed as giclée print

Giclée print on Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl 285gsm

1. Print Ready File. Seems obvious but for printing art as giclée prints you need a digital image file of your artwork. We offer artwork photography services, as part of our giclée printing process, but you could always try photographing your artwork yourself. You need good consistent light and make sure the artwork completely fills the screen. Any cropping will only create a smaller image file. Using a tripod also helps you steady the image and keep it in focus. Any flaws in the image file will only be magnified in a giclée print. So make sure to remove any marks in editing your image. We also offer image editing services if you need them.

At the Artists Print Room we require a print ready file, that is 300-360ppi at the exact print size and saved as a 8bit or 16bit .tiff with embedded RGB colourspace. JPEGs are acceptable, but make sure you don’t compress the file.

Check your screen

Most of all make sure your image is in focus, no amount of editing can turn a blurred image into focus. Also when you view your image, check the brightness on your screen. If the screen is too bright your giclée print may be darker than you expect and if the screen is too dark, your giclée print may print too light.



2. Print Proof. If you are thinking of ordering a large format print, then it might be worth having a print proof done first. This is a smaller giclée print of an area of the print. This way you’ll get to see if you like the fine art paper you chose and if you want the print to be lighter or darker. Many artists use this service to try their art on different papers, to see which suits the art best.

3. Print Size. Firstly if you’re not sure what size your image file can print to, then you could use our Digital Image file inspection. We’ll let you know what size the image can be printed at. Otherwise just make sure the digital image file you submit is at the size of print you want. If you have a rectangle image, but want a square giclée print, then decide which area you want to print and edit your image according to the size you want. Just remember any cropping you do will reduce the image file size.

Also bear in mind at the Artists Print Room we are a bespoke fine art printers, so that means you can choose print sizes to suit your art. So we can print up to 1117mm wide and 2400mm length. We print using fine art paper rolls.

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4. Borders or Borderless. When printing art as giclée prints, you need to decide on borders. Some artists prefer borderless prints, but this can become a problem for prints with a lot of matte black. It is hard to handle prints without a border and matte black will easily show any finger marks you make on the print. Generally it is wise to always hold your giclée prints on the edges or in the white border areas. Don’t touch any printed areas. As a rule of thumb many artists choose the same depth of border for the top and sides and then a deeper border across the bottom. The deeper border allows room for signing or embossing your giclée print. See our Blog being inventive with borders for more ideas.

5. Open Edition or Limited Edition giclée prints. Choosing open edition gives more freedom for printing art as giclée prints and for using on merchandise. Though choosing limited edition does mean you can sell your prints at a higher price and your buyers feel they are buying something exclusive. Learn more about open and limited edition prints.

6. Which fine art paper or Canvas? Giclée prints are printed on either a canvas or fine art paper. You can choose to have a loose canvas print, that you can send in a tube direct to your customer or you can choose to have a canvas wrap. A canvas wrap is ready to hang for your customer and can be sent direct from us, your fine art printers, to your customer. Using our Drop Shipping service, Get in touch

fields landscape painting printed on canvas

Loose Canvas giclée print

Papers and Canvases

We have 19 papers and canvases to choose, from the World’s leading paper mills such as, Canson Infinity, Hahnemühle and St. Cuthbert’s Mill. Papers have a varying whiteness, from bright white through to a creamy off-white, they have textures varying from smooth to rough and a finish of either matte through to a high satin gloss. There is a wide variety to choose from and different papers suit different artworks. You can learn more about our papers here. Also don’t forget choosing print proofs might be a good option, when you aren’t sure which paper to choose. We also offer a sample book of our fine art papers and canvases.

Also you might choose to have your giclée print varnished. This can help to protect your print and also add another depth and luxury finish to your giclée print.

Printing art as Giclée prints overall

Hopefully the above tips offer you more insight into what you need to consider when ordering giclée prints. We have tried to be as concise as possible and provide you with information on some of the main options. Also don’t forget we are a bespoke fine art printers, so we are able to tailor our printing knowledge and expertise to suit your creative needs.

So overall remember the quality of the digital image file is an important part of giclée printing, then you need to decide on size, borders, edition and fine art giclée paper. Also remember to take a look at the final finish you want to your giclée print, such as deckling, UV varnishing and whether you want it dry mounted on Mountboard, Foamcore or MDF board.

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