Printing Artwork Services

If you are an artist looking for a fine art printing company that can print your artwork, we can help you.

Printing Artwork Services

There are only so many pieces of original art that you can create in one lifetime. With our artwork printing services you can have one piece created as many times as you like. This allows you to share your work near and far thus making your artwork ideal for resale. Here at The Artists Print Room any form of artwork can be reproduced, including; watercolour, pastel, oil, illustration or acrylic. Even 3D sculptures can be captured and produced as a fine art giclée print and accuracy during this process is incredibly vital.

The Printing Art Process

When it comes to reproducing your original artwork the first step in the process is the image capture. Artwork photography is a specialist process which requires outstanding accuracy and a thorough understanding of colour workflows. If you are looking to reproduce your original artwork to we offer a professional artwork photography service with an exceptional attention to detail. Using our vast experience, understanding and specialist equipment, we capture the subtle hues and fine details in your original artwork. This is important as any fine details missed during the photography will subsequently be missing from your final fine art giclée print. We have experience in handling delicate artworks, so you can be assured your original will always be in safe hands with us.

Soft Proofing Set-Up – The Artists Print Room

Our custom-built artwork photography set up, the final file of each piece of artwork we photograph is two-times the size of the original piece. With this file size, it ensures that there is an incredible colour depth, all delicate details included, full tonal range and perfect accuracy.

Service Details

Prices for these services starts at £60.00 and all of our prices are based on per square inch, it doesn’t mater whether your artwork is matt, gloss or varnish or how you produced your original. We also offer 15% discounts for every additional pieces to be photographed. Additionally, for those that wish to send us their artwork for image capture, we will provide you with a free postage label so you don’t need to worry about delivery costs to us. Our artwork printing services can be ordered online through our online ordering system.  Included in this is the image white point and colour balanced in addition to a printed test proof. Additionally, we will provide a 72ppi image file which you can use for your records and your website. For a full breakdown of our prices please view our pricing page. View our artwork reproduction photography page for more in-depth information on our artwork printing services.


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Trade marks for artists and photographers

Following on from our recent post surrounding the topic of copyright for artists and photographers, we are going to take a closer look at trade marks. We investigate how these can be used in your art or photography work and where they could be a suitable requirement.

What are trade marks?

Trade marks are a form of intellectual property, much like copyright. Having a trademark in place can help protect you from someone stealing the name of your product or brand, the design or look of your products or the things you produce. You automatically have intellectual property rights over your work if you created it. However, unlike copyright, you must apply for trade marks on your work. Trade marks would be most suitable for you if you are looking to protect your name or logo particularly associated with your work. Trade marks allow you to proceed with legal proceedings against those that use your trade marked property without your permission.

The Process

Apply for a trade mark can be a lengthy process and it is suggested that the application process is likely to take around four-months. You must be aware, the process is private and confidential, however, if you wish to have assistance in the process from third parties, non-disclosure agreements are recommended. You can trade mark the following things; words, sounds, logos, colours or alternatively, a combination of these things. There are stringent rules in what you can trade mark, however, there is plenty of information available online to guide you along the process. Further to this, you must always check prior to application to ensure there has not been a trade mark registered for the same thing. Additionally, you cannot apply for common phrases or slogans that are non-distinctive.

The Cost

The standard fee for applying for a trade mark would be up to £200. You can pay for additional trade marks to be applied which would include slight variations of your primary trade mark application. These variations are charged at £50 each and up to six can be submitted.

After Application

Following on from your application, you will receive initial feedback within 20-days. If there are amendments to be made, you will have two-months in which to complete these. Your trade mark will also be published in the trade mark journal (upon an initial successful application) for two-months following this at which point, anyone can oppose your application. If any objections are submitted these will need to be resolved before your trade mark is completed.

If you wish to proceed with applying for a trade mark, perhaps for your logo as either a photographer or artist, then it would be recommended that you undertake some research prior to the application process. The Intellectual Property Office has a wealth of resources available to read through. Furthermore, you can also contact a registered trade mark attorney. Don’t forget, different rules apply in different countries though! So if you’re planning on using your logo in different regions, this may require further investigation.


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Copyright for artists and photographers

Copyright is often a daunting word, in where not a lot of people truly understand how it all works. However, as an artist or photographer, it is worth getting a basic grasp of who owns what and what your rights are. Here we will give you some basics to get you started.

UK Copyright

First and most importantly, you should be aware that in nearly all cases, copyright will be with the artist or photographer, regardless of who owns the actual piece of work. There are of course some exceptions to the rules and you can find out more here.

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is the main statute that governs copyright law in the UK and you can find the full act on the UK Intellectual Property Office website. Copyright will tend to last for the whole of the artist or photographers lifetime, plus an additional 70 years on top of that. It is also worth noting too that if you have a third party photograph or scan your artwork for reproduction purposes, they will then hold the copyright for that digital file.

Reproduction Rights

With you holding the copyright of your work, this means no other individual can reproduce your work in the same or any other format including promotional items such as mugs or greetings cards. Individuals can seek your permission to use your work and reproduce this in different formats but we would recommend explicit, written consent for this supplemented by a formal arrangement with a contract. Any sales of your copyright must be done so in writing to make them legal and withstanding. When looking at the possibilities of reproduction pieces, it may best suit you as the artist or photographer to sell on reproduction rights and this will allow you to maintain the original copyright but still sell on further licence agreements.

Artists Resale Rights (ARR)

There is a wealth of information available online regarding the specific rights of artists and this includes the Artists Resale Rights (ARR). This entitles creators of original works of art to a royalty each time one of their works is resold through an auction house or art market professional. To find out more information about the rules and exclusions, visit the ARR section of the gov.uk website.

For further information, contact details for the Intellectual Property Office are available here. Alternatively, if you are having an issue with your copyright, contact a solicitor who specialises in the industry.


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Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020

Artists, are you looking for a new challenge in 2020? Why not try entering some painting competitions this year? We’ve stumbled across the Jackson’s Painting Prize which could be a great opportunity for you.

Call for entries are now open for this fantastic competition and they remain open until the 4th March 2020. The best bit is, there are some excellent prizes up for grabs too! Jackson’s state that this painting competition was, ‘established to champion exceptional artworks made by international creators at all points in their career’. Therefore, even if you’re just starting out, there is no excuse to not give it a go. Furthermore, artists of any age can enter too.

The Prizes

There are several prizes available for the winners. The overall first prize is awarded an astounding £5,000. There are also prize pots of £1,000 each for both the Peoples Choice Award and the Emerging Artist Award. Additionally, there are six category prizes with awards of £500 each. The categories are as follows;

  • Animal
  • Portrait/Figure
  • Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape
  • Still Life/Botanical
  • Abstract/Not Representational
  • Scenes of Everyday Life

The winners (apart from the Peoples Choice Award) will be selected by a judging panel of six well-known names within the art industry.

Important Information

There are some key points you should be aware of if you’re considering entry to the Jackson’s Painting Prize. Firstly, each artist can submit up to five pieces of work. However, a positive is that unlike many other art competitions, there is no age limit on the pieces you submit.

To enter your works, an image of your work will need to be uploaded to the Jackson’s Painting Prize website, ensure you’re not including the mount or frame in your image though as your entry will be disqualified if you do!

The Longlist & Winners

One of the great things about this art competition is that you don’t have to wait too long to find out if you’ve been successful! The longest will be announced on the 17th March 2020 with all the winners being announced by the end of April 2020. Full details of the competition schedule can be found here.


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Successful Exhibitions

Perhaps you’ve decided 2020 will be the year you start attending and displaying your work at exhibitions. You could hold your own exhibition dedicated to your work alone or perhaps partake in one of the many organised across the country. Exhibitions can be a fantastic opportunity to show your work off in all its glory as visitors will come to you and they are the perfect opportunity for showcasing to potential clients and art buyers.

Preparing for a successful exhibition can be a very daunting experience, even if you’ve attended them before! There is a lot to consider prior and you should be prepared for things to come up that you wouldn’t have imagined! Here we have put together some top tips on holding a successful exhibition.

booking your space

The most important factor here is RESEARCH! If you’re looking at attending an organised exhibition, have you attended it before? If not, speak to your contacts, do they recommend it? Also take into consideration the type of visitors expected – would you work fit in with their tastes and budgets? When you’ve settled on this, speak to the event organisers and understand what is included in your stand fee. Your booking fee for space is a large overhead so ensure you are getting all you can from it. Is there suitable space to hang your work or would you need to provide this?

Additionally, what promotion will be involved from the organisers for you? Do they promote the event locally or perhaps nationally? It may be worth negotiating if possible on a stand location within the exhibition too. If you know who else is attending and where they will be located, consider work that complements yours and ask for a stand location according to this.

logistics

Perhaps one of the most onerous parts of preparing for a successful exhibition is working out how you are going to get there with all of your work. Will you need to hire a van for the occasion or perhaps ask a logistics company to undertake this challenge on your behalf – just make sure they are insured accordingly and have relevant experience to avoid any damages or potential issues. You will need to take a suitable amount of work with you to display, don’t over do it though!

Furthermore, if the exhibition is not local to you, ensure you book your accommodation in advance. Some large scale exhibitions attract vast numbers of visitors and local hotels and B&B’s get booked up well in advance.

You may also want to consider taking someone with you to help out. Do you have a reliable friend or colleague that can head over with you? It will probably be worthwhile having some assistance if possible so you can both take suitable breaks and explore the rest of the exhibition for market research purposes!

Also, never, ever forget items such as pens, paper and scissors! Trust us, you’ll will always need these at some point!

promotion

Both prior and whilst you are attending the exhibition, you need to promote that you are there! Using social media is a great opportunity for this as you can target people who are already interested in your work as well as others that may be interested in other exhibitors.

You should also ensure you have plenty of marketing material with you at all times too, this can include business cards or flyers. Include your contact details on these so visitors who can’t stop thinking about your work after the event can get in touch!

It would also be a good idea to have some information displayed about each piece of work you have with you. This can just be a couple of lines on a small label, it is also worthwhile including the price too.

during the event

No body knows your work better than you do! Be prepared to talk all day long about it and what your inspiration is. Be enthusiastic and approachable to all visitors. You need to enjoy your time at the event otherwise this will come across negatively to and visitors. All the hard work will be worth it and take a couple of days off afterwards to rest, you’ll be surprised how tiring these exhibitions can be! Don’t be tempted to take a seat though whilst you’re at the exhibition, it can come across very casual to potential clients so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes too!

If you are selling directly at the exhibition, it is worthwhile investing in a card payment facility. Fewer and fewer of us are carrying cash around and this can really make life much easier for you and your customers. There are many different options available now and many of these can be used through a mobile phone. Here is a comparison site that you can take a look at which details all the different options available to you.

most importantly

Things will go wrong, it’s inevitable, even if you’re a seasoned pro at exhibitions. But that’s fine! Learn from your mistakes and don’t be disheartened by them everyone forgets something every once in a while. Just remember, something may go wrong, but it’s highly unlikely that your visitors will even notice and inevitably you will have a successful exhibition!


Have you attended any exhitibitions recently? Which ones would you recommend for photographers and artists? Or perhaps you’re planning on attending some yourself throughout 2020 – let us know, we would love to hear from you and you never know, we may be able to pop along too!


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Why you should keep records….

Are you a self-employed artist or photographer? If so, you should understand how vital to your business accurate record keeping is. Record keeping is one of those things that can be fairly time consuming and monotonous, however, by setting aside a little time each week, it can really help in the future and save you a lot of work all in one go!

What should you keep records of?

Ideally there are three main things that you should keep up to date and safe;

  1. Your artwork
  2. Financial Transactions including sales
  3. Customer details and a client list

Artwork

We are all guilty of it… saving digital files under any old name. However, this can cause a nightmare when you know you have a file but you are shifting through hundreds or perhaps thousands to find one image you needed to send over to potential client 10-minutes ago! To save yourself this potential time consuming problem, you should name files accordingly. Set up your own system that you can stick to and use each and every time you save a new piece of artwork. It is always a good idea to include the date too, perhaps just the month and year and the title of the piece for example, something simple such as ‘January2020_ArtworkName‘ would suffice. By naming your files accordingly, this can also assist when discussing them with someone else, to ensure you are both discussing the same piece of work. It would then be useful to record these file names in an individual spreadsheet too so you can record your sales against this.

Financial Transactions

By recording all of your income and expenses, you will be saving yourself a lot of time and stress, particularly at this time of year when the dreaded self-assessment return date approaches! Of course, you should be doing this already, however, if you feel like you need help with this, perhaps contact a local bookkeeper or accountant.

Not only does recording financial transactions make it more convenient when it comes to submitting your tax return, it can also give an insight into your business which you may not have noticed. By recording all of your expenses you can check where you are spending your money. Perhaps you’ve purchased a lot of material recently, by checking records you can identify this and it may help you assess where you can save some costs. On the other hand you should also record your sales and other income. This can assist in identifying best sellers – and the worst sellers, which can then be a great tool when developing your work (although of course, trends and preferences change). Obviously, recording sales is also identifying any income you are making which is most likely the main outcome of your business!

By record keeping your financial transactions it can also help with your cashflow forecasting and setting prices of your artwork or photography.

Customers and clients

You should record all those that you come across. This includes customers and suppliers. Do you have a massive pile of business cards hanging around that you don’t know what to do with? Why not set up a simple spreadsheet and record those that may be interested stakeholders. By noting details next to each person, for example, where you met them, what you discussed or how they could benefit you and your business, you will be making your life much easier long term. By jotting this information down and storing it somewhere safe you can immediately remove this information from your head and focus on something else! This can be a daunting task if you have a large amount of information to record but by setting aside a little time each week, you’ll really notice how easy it can be!

Do you have anything else you think is important to keep a record of when it comes to your photography or art business? Let us know, we would love to hear from you!


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12 Fine Art Papers of Christmas

Did you see our 12 days of fine art paper posts over Christmas on Instagram or Facebook? If you missed them, head on over and take a look! We’ve also listed our top 12 papers here for you to check out, featuring Hahnemühle, Canson Infinity and St Cuthberts Mill

1. Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White 310sm

Hahnemühle Bright White Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomOn the first day we have a customer favourite, the Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White. This paper is based on the well-known PhotoRag 308gsm, however, it has a stronger white tone which can really make your images pop! Also a great choice for black and white photography

2. Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310sgm

Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomOnto day 2 and we have the Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm. This fine art paper is 100% cotton with no optial brighteners added so your prints will truly last. The microporous coating of this paper gives a wonder satin finish to your artwork or photography

3. Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm

On day 3 we have the Hahnemühle Agave which forms part of their Hahnemühle Agave Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomNatural Line of papers. This paper is made from 70% agave fibres and 30% cotton rag making it a sustainable choice for your fine art #photographic or #artreproductions. The fibres of this paper give a stunning natural white tone which adds great definition to your work.

4. Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin 310gsm

Another Hahnemühle paper is featured on day 4! The PhotoRag Satin is Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin Paper Texture - The Artists Print Roomanother adaptation of the famous PhotoRag 308gsm. However, this paper has a subtle satin finish which can really add something extra special to your work. This paper provides a lovely smooth surface in addition to a natural white tone.

5. Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas 385gsm

On day 5 we have a canvas! The Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas is the Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas Texture - The Artists Print Roomperfect choice if you are looking for canvas wraps to be produced. Just check out that incredible texture that this substrate can give you! Other benefits of this canvas include water resistance and it’s made from 100% cotton!

6. St Cuthberts Mill Somerset Enhanced White 330gsm

St Cuthberts Mill Somerset Enhanced Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomDay 6 features a St Cuthberts Mill paper. The Somerset Enhanced White 330gsm has an outstanding heritage. In addition to this, not only is it 100% cotton but it’s also acid free. The paper with its natural felt texture gives a fine art feel to any artwork reproduction or photography print.

7. Hahnemühle PhotoRag Metallic 340gsm

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Metallic Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomOnto day number 7 and we have some shimmer! The Hahnemühle PhotoRag Metallic 340gsm is one of their more recent papers. The specially formulated coating to this PhotoRag paper gives a shimmer to your fine art print, guaranteed to attract attention! This fine art paper is most suitable for prints that won’t be behind glass so you can benefit from it’s finish.

8. Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag 310gsm

Back to Canson Infinity on day 8. The Arches Aquarelle Rag 310gsm has anCanson Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag Paper Texture - The Artists Print Room outstanding texture. Perhaps most popular for watercolour reproductions due to the texture, this fine art paper is 100% cotton and has a matt finish.

9. Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Hahnemühle Bamboo Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomDay 9 features the Hahnemühle Bamboo which forms part of their new Natural Line of papers. An excellent choice for those that are keen on using more sustainable materials in their artwork and photography. This fine art paper has a warm natural tone and is produced with 90% bamboo fibres (which is fast growing when compared to other paper making materials) and 10% cotton.

10. Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310sm

Fine art paper number 10! The Canson Infinity Rag Photographique Canson Infinity Rag Photographique Paper Texture - The Artists Print Room310gsm is another firm favourite with our customers. This fine art paper has a smooth white matte tone which is created by natual minerals being added during the production process. Not only is it a brilliant choice for artwork reproductions but it can be used for traditional printmaking too!

11. Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta 315gsm

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta Paper Texture - The Artists Print RoomWe are nearly at the end! But on day 11 we have the Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta. This paper has a high gloss coating which can really add contrast to your prints particularly if they are in black and white. A great alternative to traditional baryta paper used in photography.

12. Hahnemühle William Turner 310gsm

On day 12, last but no means least… the Hahnemühle William Turner Hahnemühle William Turner Paper Texture - The Artists Print Room310gsm. The texture on this paper speaks for itself!  If you’re looking for a heavily textured, matte paper, this is your perfect option!

You can always check out the other papers we offer too on our papers and canvas page. Which one is your favourite?


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Merry Christmas from The Artists Print Room

We would just like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a wonderful Merry Christmas. We hope you have a fantastic festive period and  have a lovely time spending this with loved ones. We are now on leave until and will be back at 10am on Monday 6th January to process any orders placed over the Christmas break.

For those still looking for a last minute gift, there is still time to purchase one of our e-vouchers for the photographer or artist in your life. Our vouchers, delivered by email are available from £10.00 and can be redeemed online for any of our services. You can have the e-voucher emailed to yourself to print and give to your recipient, alternatively, you can have this emailed directly on your chosen date!

Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Photoshop and Lightroom Support

Are you hoping that Santa brings you something really nice this year? Perhaps a new camera or maybe even computer? You’d probably have to be at the top of the ‘good list’ for these unless you’re treating yourself instead! If you’re getting started and are looking to edit your photography, did you know that we offer both Photoshop and Lightroom support, bespoke to your requirements?

From the comfort of your own home we can provide a support service to help you ensure your image processing programmes are set up correctly and accurately. Alternatively, we can help run through some of the most common settings and tools you would need as either an artist or photographer. We can cover both Photoshop and Lightroom, whichever you require; or both!

Additionally, we can provide services to assist you in calibrating your monitor and installing or embedding ICC profiles. This is particularly useful when you are planning on printing your photography as you will be able to see a more accurate representation of the final colours, tones and hues to be expected in your prints.

Talking and showing you through each step, we can answer any of your technical questions. We want to help make your life easier so you can have more time and freedom to create your photography without having to worry about the technical issues which can be time consuming.

Furthermore, we don’t even have to come to your home as we can offer this service remotely, through Skype or by telephone and remote access.

Lightroom

Lightroom - The Artists Print RoomThis programme offers you the full set of tools for you to edit your image files to exactly how you would like them to look. You can find more about Lightroom here. We can take you step-by-step through the set up process and show you how to save your preferences and ensure that everything is running smoothly so you can take control of the image editing process.

Photoshop

Photoshop - The Artists Print RoomPhotoshop is an extremely powerful tool used for image editing and image manipulation which is used by many professional photographers and artists. We can ensure that Photoshop is set up correctly for you and show you how profiling and colour management works through this programme. More information about Photoshop can be found here.

Technical Support

Our technical support services are available either in person (travel expenses apply) by travelling to you or as a remote service. All our technical support is bespoke to your individual requirements and questions.

We charge a standard hourly rate for these services and you can book using our simple to use online booking form. When you book, please feel free to give us a brief description on what you would like to discuss or require assistance  with and we will then be in touch to discuss further and arrange a suitable time and date for the technical support to take place.


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The ‘Art’ of Cash Flow Planning

Now you’re up and running by promoting and selling your artwork or photography through your own website and social media channels. You should focus on the importance of cash flow within your business.

You have your pricing structure set up, so you know and understand how to price your individual pieces of artwork. However, you need to take into account your overheads and ensure you have sufficient cash flow to cover the cost of these.

Simply put, cash flow is the movement of funds in and out of your business. If you are to apply for a business loan or investment, it is highly likely you would need to provide a cash flow forecast. This document can help you forward plan and grow.

When taking a look at your expected cash flow, it is important to understand your expenses throughout the year. By forward planning and looking at things objectively, you can hope to eliminate any financial surprises. As the saying goes, ‘cash is king’! One of the first things you prioritise is any expenses you would expect to incur. This includes a vast array of items including any rent you may have (relevant if perhaps working from a studio), art materials, printing and postage costs, general utility bills and costs of any paid advertising you are undertaking. Then you need to consider your revenue, how much are you bringing in each month from your work? These need to at least balance out, but of course, ideally, your income needs to exceed your outgoings to ensure you are making a profit. The easiest way to look at this is, ‘I need £x to cover £x’.

Cash Flow Forecasting

By producing a cash flow forecast, this allows you to work out methodically and objectively what your expected income and outgoings are each month throughout the year. This can be produced using a simple spreadsheet, alternatively, ask your bookkeeper or accountant to help out if you are unsure. Additionally, there are many templates available online for you to download and use. List down all your outgoings month by month in this spreadsheet. From here, you can work out what you need to produce and sell to cover these costs. Of course, within the art industry, this can be tricky to work out as selling your work can be variable from month to month but if possible, look at previous years and check for any reoccurring patterns such as a sales peak in the run up to Christmas. Make sure you are regularly updating and reviewing your cash flow forecast so you can keep track of your business revenue.

Cost Savings

It is always a good idea to work out where you could possibly make cost savings. For example, can you purchase your art materials in bulk? By doing so, you can often benefit from smaller delivery charges or at least save on these by ordering once rather than having lots of smaller deliveries. Also, some suppliers may offer you discounted rates for bulk purchases. Further to this, when it comes to having your work printed, we offer a print on-demand service. Therefore, you are only paying to have the prints of your artwork or photography produced on-demand – when they have been committed to by your customer. Ideally, you will already have this cash in your bank too as hopefully your customer will have already paid for you to commit to the print order.

If you are shipping your orders yourself to your customer, can you negotiate your delivery costs? If using delivery services, perhaps you could meet with a representative from said company to try and reduce some of these expenses.

In summary, it is important to spend some time forward planning and understanding these aspects of your business. By having a plan, you are less likely to incur any unfortunate expenses and surprises. Also, never forget the tax man! Remember, as a self-employed artist or photographer, you must complete, file, and pay your self-assessment tax on a yearly basis and should be included in your cash flow forecast!


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