Choosing your Print size for Giclée Printing

Choosing your Print size for Giclée Printing

When giclée printing whether you’re an artist, illustrator or a photographer, the same principles apply when choosing print sizes of your art and photo images.

It is important when choosing sizes for giclée prints that you make decisions around the artworks and photos you create and consider your brand and image as part of this.

To begin you need a digital file of your artwork or photograph

For photographers and digital artists, you need to use software that allows you to scale up or down your image, to avoid pixelation and you need to make sure your file is saved as a tiff, psd or good quality jpg.

For artists you need to ensure your artwork has been digitally captured to a high standard, preferably photographed by a fine art photographer. Photographing art is highly technical. By ensuring a high quality digital file, you’re protecting the quality of your giclée prints.

 

Technical Considerations

Firstly the major factor having an impact on the size of giclée print that can be ordered, is the size of the digital file you have of your artwork or photo. Typically the file needs to be 300ppi high resolution, with an embedded RGB colourspace. So a wider range of colours and definition can be achieved in the giclée printing process. 

If you’ve created a digital file of your artwork using your Iphone or similar, it looks great on the screen, but the odds are the actual file will only print to the size of a beermat. A Fine Art Giclée Printing company have ways and means of enlarging this file, but this will be limited by the quality of the file. If there is any out of focus or blurred sections to the digital image, these will only be magnified by enlarging the file. These imperfections will also appear in the giclée print.

So as a general rule of thumb, the larger the print size you choose, the sharper the digital image needs to be, unless artistically you want an out of focus image. Also there is always a slight discrepancy allowed for viewing distance.

Please check out our Digital File to Print Size Calculator to help you

Giclee printing same size as original

The simplest giclee printing option is to create a fine art print the same size as the original photograph or artwork, but this might not work for you.

One of the first issues is, what if you paint different sized originals, you could could end up with several print sizes, with varying price points for your customers. Which will not only be difficult for you to remember and keep track of, but your customers may feel overwhelmed too.

When it comes to photography giclée printing, the final image after editing and cropping may mean as a photographer you have several sized images too. Again this can lead to a complicated pricing system, that in the end no one can make sense of. 

Your customers will love the original, so you might not want to stray too far from the original look. Therefore it might benefit you to class a range of sizes within a range of small, medium and large. You’ll be offering your customers a choice of size and budget to suit them. This will also allow some movement in what is classed as small i.e you’ll be able to have a discrepancy of a few inches within the size, to suit several giclée prints. This applies to medium and large as well.

Knowing your Target Audience

Artists, illustrators and photographers need to know their target audience. This will be based partly on the type of images and artwork you create. For example if you create landscape images for the hotel or corporate world, they are more likely to buy large giclée prints. The more unique and specific your original images are, the more niche your target audience becomes.

First and foremost you need to identify who your target audience is. You’ll have a better understanding of their budget and what sizes they are most likely to buy. You also have to consider your international market too. Some countries live in larger houses, apartments and so will be more inclined to buy larger giclée prints. The opposite can be said of other countries. 

Keep it Simple
giclee print from The Artists Print Room
Fine Art Giclée Print

So you need a system that works for you. By thinking ahead and getting used to the various size options and ratios, means you may think before you crop that photograph or put paint to paper.

An experienced fine art giclee printing company will be able to offer you great advice about how you can choose print sizes. At the Artists Print Room we offer a bespoke giclée printing service, giving you a greater freedom of choice. We print up to 1117 mm wide and 2400mm length on rolls. We have 19 genuine fine art giclée papers and canvases from Hahnemühle, Canson-Inifinty, Ilford Imaging and St Cuthberts Mill.

Know Crop Ratios 

Some artists and photographers choose print sizes based on what frames their customers can readily buy. Again you have to consider who your target audience is and what their expectations are. Also don’t forget large giclee prints can be great, but by the time you’ve added a mount and a frame, it could be very large indeed. 

Before you decide on the size of your giclée prints, you need to know about crop ratios. They relate to the original size of your artwork or photograph. Then you can see how to  scale up or down from the original size. By using a crop ratio chart you can see what sizes large or small can be achieved, without losing or cropping any of the original image.

See our crop ratio charts for help.

Editing your image for Giclée printing

As a rule of thumb giclee prints generally match the original artwork or photograph. Though creativity doesn’t have to stop there. You may want to change colours, edit the layout or change the overall tone. Maybe you want to create a special edition, which is slightly different from the original image. There are no hard and fast rules on what your final giclée prints have to look like. The only problem is, if you make drastic changes for each new giclée print, your collection of prints won’t look cohesive. They could confuse your target audience.

Conclusion

So in conclusion, generally any print size can be achieved with giclée printing. Though bear in mind there are technical factors affecting what you can actually print. Including the actual size and quality of digital file you have of the artwork or photograph. Also don’t forget about assessing crop ratios, knowing your target audience and remembering to keep it simple. 

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How printing greeting cards can be a powerful marketing tool for artists and photographers

How printing greeting cards can be a powerful marketing tool for artists and photographers

“Printing Greeting Cards for Christmas. It is the biggest and best time for selling greeting cards of your art and photographs. Don’t miss out on this vital opportunity for marketing and sales”

For artists, illustrators and photographers printing greeting cards can feel more of an add on, than a great marketing tool, but they can become part of a great marketing strategy to connect with your target audience.

Firstly artists and photographers are always looking for cost-effective ways of promoting artworks and photographs. The ideal marketing strategy is being able to reach a wider audience to introduce them to your artworks and what you have to offer. In the case of photographers, it’s about introducing your potential buyers to the art of your photographs, rather than the commercial aspect of your photography work.

Both artists and photographers have to identify and consider different revenue streams from their artworks and images. One of the most budget friendly is having your art and photos turned into custom printed cards. 

So how do greetings cards become a powerful marketing tool and how do you achieve this?

Getting organised and creating a greeting card collection

When you first decide to print greetings cards, it forces you to look at your art or photographs as a group. Seeing you artwork and photo images in a smaller format helps you to visually group them together and assess what looks good as a collection. You will be able to see if there is a common theme, do the images flow together? Basically you will get an overview of your artwork images and start to see which ones will work as a collection. Also this perspective helps you see what your potential buyers, collectors see. 

Overall by printing greetings cards you should be able to clearly see what is unique about your images and if they work cohesively as a collection. This is the start of making sense of what you have to market and who is it most likely to appeal to (your target market).

Trial and Test

For a small budget you get to trial and test your potential buyers reaction to your work. So rather than having to spend money on prints of each artwork or photograph to create a collection to show. Why not have greeting cards printed of these images, to show first. Especially at fairs and events. You’ll be keeping your costs low and gaining some essential market research. There are usually local crafters/ creatives markets where you can trial your art and photographs. It may be a trial, but have plenty of information for potential buyers to take away and have those trial cards for sale. 

Also you can approach independent retailers and galleries to gauge their response, without having to carry large artworks or photography prints with you. You’ll be showing how your images look from a commercial aspect for businesses. It also demonstrates you’re more serious about your creative business, especially if you have good quality greeting cards, with great colour, professionally printed and where you can demonstrate consistency of look and that quality can be maintained.

Good and bad feedback is important

Usually independent gallery, gift and card shops are happy to trial a few of your printed greeting cards and see which appeal to their customers. This means there is no large cost outlay for you or them. This is a great way to gain important market research and great feedback. 

While it’s wonderful to receive positive feedback, it’s good to get genuine feedback, even if it’s negative. Let’s face it a retailer has to make a living, so if something doesn’t sell you will know instantly. Bear in mind though it could sell somewhere else, certain styles and subjects sell better in different environments. Do your research on retailers, see what they already sell, will your style make a good fit. It doesn’t have to be the same, but never forget retailers know their customers, so they are a good source of advice. Remember to be polite, they are busy people, with a business to run.

Printing greeting cards with a professional finish and Consistent Reliability 
printed greeting cards of photos
Gorgeous Photographs turned into greeting cards

Using a professional fine art printers for printing greetings cards can make a big difference in how retailers and potential customers respond to your cards. You don’t want your cards to fade from sunlight and you don’t want flimsy cards to start curling after being handled a few times. You need a fine art printers that actually prints cards with pigment inks, so you don’t have fading cards after a few displays at art fairs. Also they can advise on what important contact details need printing on your greeting cards. They can also print your art and photographs onto heavy weight card stock, tell you which card will suit your image best and able to offer short volume print runs. Very cost effective when you are using greeting cards as part of your marketing strategy.

Get in touch see how we can help or place your order here.

Christmas Custom printed cards, connecting on a personal level with your potential buyers and supporters

Everyone says your first potential buyers of your art and fine art photography are your family and friends. So imagine how many people you could advertise too. By sending Christmas cards of your works to everyone you know, including your dentist and local post office. It is amazing how many businesses will be pleased to put up a greeting card on the counters and walls, for all to see and it didn’t cost you a penny in advertising. Don’t forget the all important hand-written message inside too! You never know who will see your cards and turn into a regular customer.

We all love to see the package unveiling’s on youtube. So too do we still love to receive a greeting card in the mail. Being able to physically open the envelope, hold and see a beautiful card with a personal message still outweighs the feeling you get from an email greeting. Your buyers will still have your card on their mantelpiece, as a reminder, long after an email greeting has been forgotten.

Think outside the box

Greeting cards are a low cost marketing tool, you just have to think outside the box a little. Even sending a thank you to your local wildlife charity centre can lead to an opportunity. Venues and retailers are usually happy to trial a small batch of your cards. You also get great feedback on which images are popular. This could make you re-think your art or photography subjects.

Overall greeting cards are small for sending and transporting. They are great for a small budget and are great at sending a positive feel to whoever receives one. You can’t lose, by printing greeting cards, it’s about how you use them. Think of lots of ways you can get those images in front of lots of people, without the high expense. Including sending a card with a lovely message and a few sample cards to magazines and publications. Don’t be corporate in your wording, be personal, because you are selling you and your abilities. That extra care and attention will stand out amongst their business mail.

Get In Touch 

So what are you waiting for, start putting a collection of your images together. Get in touch and let us help turn your art and photos into printed greeting cards, to a professional finish. 

Here at The Artists Print Room our custom printed greeting cards are printed with archival pigment inks and trimmed, creased and packaged by hand.

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