WIN your work printed!

Competition

To celebrate our recent Canson Infinity Certified Laboratory status we are running a competition for you to win your work printed on the Canson Rag Photographique paper! Your print can be any size up to A1 and we will deliver free of charge to any address within the mainland UK.

Entry to this competition is simple, head on over to our Facebook page and like the competition post and also share this with all your friends! Deadline for entry is 8pm on the 15th July 2018. We will then draw the winner from a lucky dip of all entrants.  Good luck!

Canson Rag Photographique

The Canson Rag Photographique is a 100% cotton museum grade white Fine Art and photo paper, with an exceptional smooth white tone which has been achieved during manufacturing by introducing natural minerals to the process. The stunning Rag Photographique offers a unique extra smooth surface with a sensual feel. It also provides one of the highest achievable Dmax currently available on the market and contains no optical brighteners, making it ideal for fine art photography as well as fine art printmaking.

Read our social media Competition terms and conditions

ArtSure from The Fine Art Trade Guild

A few weeks ago we shared with you the exciting news that we are now a Canson Infinity Certified Print Laboratory in addition to a Hahnemühle FineArt Certified Studio and an Epson Digigraphie Studio. However, in addition to these outstanding accreditations we are also a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild ArtSure scheme, but what does this mean?

ArtSure from Fine Art Trade Guild

Overall the ArtSure scheme differs from the print studio schemes mentioned above, however, it does work with great synergy alongside these.

The ArtSure scheme is designed to give you piece of mind even before the printing has even begun with quality papers and inks. Sadly, poor quality prints are easily produced, to the untrained eye these can be difficult to distinguish between when compared to genuine fine art prints. Therefore, the scheme approves papers and inks to add an additional level of assurance and to ensure only the highest quality products are producing the highest quality prints both for photography and art reproductions. Papers from different paper mills are tested externally for archivability. For example, pH levels of papers that are approved by the scheme are required to be between 7 and 9 for optimum longevity, additionally the paper has to be a minimum of 250gsm. For inks to be approved as part of the ArtSure scheme, they are required to score at least a six on the Blue Wool scale or an equivalent certification. Additionally, there is also a list of approved printers, of which The Artist’s Print Room Epson Sure Color SC-P9000 is listed. You can find a full list of ArtSure approved materials and equipment here. Only prints produced according to the standards set by ArtSure and The Fine Art Trade Guild can use the ArtSure logo, whether this be on the corresponding certificate of authenticity or within the border of the print itself.

The Artist’s Print Room can offer assurance, security and provenance during each and every stage. The Artist’s Print Room is the only studio in the UK to have all these outstanding achievements of both certified laboratories and ArtSure membership.

Custom Printed Greetings Cards

When it comes to greetings cards we are sure it is not only us that this has happened too… going to purchase a card for a friend or family member and thinking ‘have I given them this card before?!’ Or alternatively, spending what feels like hours picking cards up and just not finding the right special one!

Well, why not create your own beautiful greetings cards, whether that be for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or just because? By having your image printed on a card, you’re really giving loved ones something bespoke, personal and special. You could take your favourite holiday image, whether this be either a photograph or a painting of the scenery and turn it into a greetings card someone can keep and frame.

Here at The Artist’s Print Room we offer two paper qualities for greetings cards, either a 300gsm smooth extra white paper or alternatively a 280gsm felt textured paper. We offer various sizes including; 6×4″, 7×5″ or 8×5.6″ all available as either portrait or landscape (folded along the long side or short side). These sizes are ideal for purchasing frames for the cards too! Additionally, we can produce square cards for something a little different which are 145x145mm.

But, the best bit! You don’t need to worry about downloading a template and having to layout the design yourself! We are happy to take that pressure away from you. Once you upload your image through our online ordering system we will design and proof your greetings card. Of course, we will send you a proof for approval before going to print ensuring you’re happy with your personalised product. Our minimum order is just six cards per design and all are provided with corresponding envelopes so your cards are ready for their handwritten note and then the postbox!

 

Jargon Buster

The world of print can be a little daunting, with so many different terms and acronyms it can be hard to understand what everything actually means! Here we’ve gone through some of the key terms and phrases you may stumble across and produced this little jargon buster. Think of it as your new go to printing dictionary! If there are any that you think we may have missed or would like us to explain, please just let us know and we will continue to expand the list below. You can contact us here or submit your questions and terms via Facebook or Twitter.

Bleed – The area of printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming.

CMYK – Four base colours that are used in printing workflow. Stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (which is black).

Colour Cast – Unwanted colour within an image that affects either the entire print or just an area of print.

DPI – Dots per inch.

Fine Art Paper – Usually acid free and is a high quality substrate. We look into fine art paper in more detail in our previous blog article.

Gamut – Limits of shades and hues that can be displayed or printed.

GSM – Base weight of paper per square meter.

ICC – This is a set of data that characterises a colour input or output device or alternatively a colour space. This is according to standards set by the International Color Consortium. Each individual paper type/printer combination has a different ICC profile.

JPEG – This stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group – they coined this term. A lossy compression type for digital images and often the most common format type for storing and transmitting images across the internet.

Limited Edition – A print that is limited to a predetermined print quantity, as outlined on the certificate of authenticity. We will be looking into limited edition prints in a future blog post.

Long Grain and Short Grain – The fibres of the paper run parallel to the long side of the paper in long grain or parallel to the short dimension if short grain. Useful information when producing books or folded items as it can affect the quality of the crease of the fold.

Open Edition – Similar or identical prints that do not have assigned numbers.

Photo Paper – A standard go to paper choice for more day to day printing. Not as high quality as fine art paper, however, still a popular option.

Proof – Test sheet or section of a print to reveal how the final print will look. Used to ensure colours are produced accurately.

RGB – Stands for red, green and blue.

Substrate – The material the print is on, in our case this would either be paper or canvas.

TIFF – The term was created by Aldus Corporation. A lossless file format for storing images. When submitting your artwork to us for printing, we request a TIFF file with no compression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canson Certified Print Laboratory

Here at The Artist’s Print Room, we don’t like to brag but…we have something to celebrate! We are the first and only print company within the UK to be certified by the three biggest manufactures in the industry; Hahnemühle, Epson and now Canson! This comes after our recent Canson Certified Print Laboratory status confirmed earlier this week! Now you’ve not only got our word for being good at what we do, but also three others! We are obviously super proud of this achievement and we are giving ourselves a big pat on the back!

Canson Certified Print Laboratory
Print Test Chart - The Artist's Print Room
Canson Certified Print Laboratory – Test Printing

We were certified earlier this week as the third Canson Certified Print Laboratory here in the United Kingdom. This international certification guarantees you the highest quality standards. Canson Infinity experts have visited us here at The Artist’s Print Room to ensure compliance to their high standards which are required for certification. We had to undertake rigorous testing to prove our exceptional print quality. With the Canson Certified Print Laboratory status, you know you are selecting one of the best service providers in the industry, you can be confident in the quality of the final print as well as during all stages of production.

Canson

Canson have been producing fine art papers for artists since 1557 – that’s a long time, so they clearly know what they are doing! Since 2008 they extended their range to include the Canson Infinity brand which is their fine art inkjet paper range. We have extended our paper and canvas range to include several Canson Infinity papers, giving you a greater choice in substrates. The following papers we have added to our range include;

• Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag 310gsm

• Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

• Canson Infinity Fibre Rag 310gsm

• Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas Matte 385gsm

Find out more about these papers on our Giclée Printing Papers & Canvases page.

 

 

The importance of certificates of authenticity

As an artist, it is highly likely that you want to give your customers reassurance in your product as well as protecting the integrity of your finished print. That’s where certificates of authenticity come into play. Designed to protect and authenticate your fine art prints, these certificates add a perceived layer of value and trust to your customer.

What is involved?

Typically there are a certain few things that should be featured on each certificate of authenticity, this includes;

Title of the artwork: arguably one of the most important features. What’s the name of your piece?

Artist: Again, as above, one of the most vital pieces. This if your ‘stamp’ on the certificate. Ensures your link to the work and gives you the recognition that you deserve.

The date: May seem an obvious one but it’s worthwhile at least adding the year to the certificate of authenticity.

Small image of the piece: Immediately makes the certificate of authenticity linkable to the finished print.

Certificate/print number: Particularly important if your print is part of an Certificate of Authenticity - The Artist's Print Roomedition. For example print number 1 of 500 – this information should be included on the certificates of authenticity. Each print will then have the corresponding number pencilled on to provide a pair! One certificate to one print.

Material/Printer/Inks: These are other variables that can add perceived value to your piece. By detailing the substrate printed on in addition to the quality inks, this highlights and ensures the archival qualities of your fine art print.

Finally, you, as the artist should sign the certificate.

Additionally, on our certificates of authenticity you will also find a declaration of intent, signed by both the artist and publisher.

How do certificates of authenticity benefit you?

By supplying certificates of authenticity with each of your prints you show your dedication as an artist and this can make your artwork easier to sell as well as potentially increasing the value. By having this document linked to your work, your customers can have the confidence in purchase. Sadly, there is no guaranteed way to 100% prove the piece is authentic further down the line when it comes to reselling, however, providing a certificate of authenticity provides good reassurance where possible. In addition to this, many companies, including fine art paper manufacturers and organisations such as ArtSure from the Fine Art Trade Guild offer services where you can upload details to an online register to give an extra level of confidence.

Here at The Artist’s Print Room we can provide certificates of authenticity with each print. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements and we will be more than happy to help.

 

 

 

Epson Digigraphie® Certified Laboratory

Did you know that we are one of only five Epson Digigraphie® Certified Laboratories here in the UK and additionally the only one in the West Midlands!

The Epson Digigraphie® accreditation was officially set up in November 2003 and since then a network of printing laboratories, dealers and artists have been established, of which we are proud to be a part of.

But what does this mean for you?

By being one of the Epson Digigraphie® Certified Laboratories, you are guaranteed the best quality prints. Furthermore, our printing equipment complies with the technical terms set by Digigraphie® and we have been certified to print with the Digigraphie® label. This all ensures added value to your final fine art prints. As part of our certification we have to undertake rigorous monthly quality control checks ensuring our work is always completed to an exceptionally high standard.

What is involved in Epson Digigraphie® Certified Laboratories?

We have to comply to stringent technical commitments, which include;

  • Using an Epson Surecolor SC-P9000 or Epson Stylus Pro Professional printer;
  • Epson Ultra Chrome or Ultra Chrome HD or Ultra Chrome K3 inks,
  • Certified paper; and
  • Each print is required to be authenticated, numbered and signed.
Epson Digigraphie® Certified Laboratories - The Artist's Print Room
Digigraphie® Embossing – The Artist’s Print Room

The following papers that we offer are Digigraphie® accredited:

Hahnemühle Museum Etching, Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White, Hahnemühle William Turner, Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta, Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin and Canson Aquarelle Rag 310.

Prints will be finished with an Epson Digigraphie® embossing.

Additionally as an artist, you can register with Epson Digigraphie® and benefit from more visibility through an online gallery. Find out more about the scheme through the Epson Digigraphie® website. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific requirements.