Artists Printing – What you need to know about online giclée printing

Artists Printing – What you need to know about online giclée printing

Starting out artists printing their artworks as giclée prints need to realise there is more to giclée printing, than just printing. We’d also like to stress that we are fine art printers, with a knowledge and understanding of colour, the technical requirements of colour and how this impacts the different fine art papers available.

Also we discuss what you need to provide and consider, when it comes to ordering your giclée prints online. We also discuss other aspects of fine art printing services as well.

A giclée print compared to an consumer inkjet print

To begin you need to know what giclée prints actually are. They are digital prints created using atleast 6-12 pigment inks. These inks are squirted as micro dots onto specially created fine art printing paper. This fine art printing paper is coated in a membrane, which allows the pigment ink to sit on the paper, not absorbed in it.

There are some people who think an ordinary inkjet print such as your home printer, is the same as a giclée print. In a nutshell it isn’t. A giclée print is printed with archival pigment inks, with a large gamut colour creating fine micro dots of detailed colour and shadow. Whereas your home or consumer printer uses dye inks. Also a giclée print is printed on archival fine art printing paper. Therefore a true giclée print will be a superior high quality archival print, compared to an inkjet print.

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First step to fine art printing 

Firstly for artists printing their artwork, you need a digital file of your artwork. This can be achieved by either scanning your artwork or photographing your artwork. This is something you can either consider trying yourself or get a professional to do it. Achieving a good photograph of your art or a decent scan of your art is not easy, so be wary of which professional you choose, ensure they have experience in digitising your type of artwork.

Issues with scanning and photographing

Bear in mind subtle watercolour washes may be lost in the scanning process. Also you cannot scan oil paintings using a flatbed scanner as usually they flatten the painting and remove peaks of oil paint too and can become stuck to the glass.

If you choose to photograph your artwork yourself, consider using at least a DSLR camera, to create a larger digital file. Many artists use their mobile phone, but they don’t realise the actual file created is tiny. Meaning only a small giclée print, usually the size of a beer mat, can be achieved from their file.

A good fine art printers can edit your digital files, either to enlarge, remove marks and to white balance your image, though of course the size of the file will limit how much enlarging can be achieved.

Please see our Digital File to Print Size Calculator for more help

What size digital file do you need for artists printing?

Typically the file needs to be between 300-360ppi high resolution, with an embedded AdobeRGB colourspace. So a wider range of colours and definition can be achieved in the giclée printing process. 

You also need to ensure the image is in focus in all areas, especially if you wish to create a large print, otherwise any imperfections will be clearly seen in the final giclée print.

Photographing your artwork

Here at The Artists Print Room we offer a professional art photographing service, because we believe you achieve a far better quality digital file by photographing your artwork. We are experts at photographing artwork and are happy to save you time and hassle.

 

colourful fine art print - The Artists Print RoomWhat is a print-ready file

Before commencing your giclée print order, we ask if the digital file you’re supplying is a print-ready file.

A print ready file is an Image size at exact print size in millimetres at 300-360ppi, saved as .tif with embedded RGB colourspace.

Also that all marks and cropping has already been done. 

If your digital image of your artwork includes, the frame it is in or the easel it sits on, then of course your final giclée print will include these items. At The Artists Print Room we endeavour to contact you to say, the file is not print ready and needs editing. Either you can edit the file or you can request our editing services, to edit your file for you. Please feel free to Get in touch

So overall a Print-Ready file is a digital file of your artwork only. Also all the editing has been done and it is the correct size for creating a giclée print.

Also bear in mind that if your digital image file already has a border, the actual print will be smaller. 

At The Artists Print Room, we offer an image file inspection.  We can tell you what size fine art print can be achieved and whether any editing needs doing. 

 

 

Artists Printing artwork need to consider aspect ratio and cropping

Artists need to consider the aspect ratio of their original artwork, if you decide to create a different size giclée print to the original artwork size.

Aspect ratio is the measurement of an image or artwork by width to height, such as a size of 12” x 18” has an aspect ratio of 2 : 3.

Therefore, if you decided to create a giclée print of the artwork as a different size, such as A3 size, which is 11.7” x 16.5” with an aspect ratio of 1.414 : 1 you have a different aspect ratio. So you have to crop the digital image to create the size you want.

Alternatively if you chose a giclée print size of 16” x 24”, it has an aspect ratio of 2 : 3, the same as the original artwork. Therefore this would require no cropping.

See our Aspect Ratio charts for more information

Choosing print sizes for artists printing

It can feel overwhelming working out aspect ratios, what print size restrictions there are and how large your prints should be. Therefore to give you a freedom of choice, here at The Artists Print Room we print bespoke sizes. We are able to print up to 1117 mm wide and 2400mm length on fine art paper rolls.

We also have a helpful blog that discusses giclée print sizes, please click the link  “Choosing your print size for Giclée Printing”

 

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art print giclée of sea waves - The Artists Print RoomChoosing a fine art paper for your giclée prints

What paper you choose for your fine art prints can have a big effect on how your artwork looks printed. Certain artworks look better on textured fine art paper, while bright white papers can suit digital artworks better. 

At The Artists Print Room we have 19 papers and canvases for you to choose from. Created by the World leading fine art paper mills Hahnemühle, Canson Infinity, St. Cuthberts Mill and Ilford.

We produce a fine art paper/ canvas sample substrates book, so you can see and touch the papers for yourself. Each paper and canvas has a colour gamut. Therefore you can see which one will suit your art better.

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What are ICC Profiles?

ICC profiles are simply a calibration profile, with standards set by the International Color Consortium. Put simply, a profile has a set of data that describes the properties of a colour space, the gamut (range) that a monitor can display and also what a printer can print. For example Adobe RGB and sRGB are colour spaces. 

Each fine art paper has different properties, such as surface structure (satin, glossy, matt, texture, felt) which affects the colour gamut. So they each have their own ICC profile. At The Artists Print Room we create our own customised ICC profiles for every paper and canvas we have available. 

By downloading our customised ICC profiles you can look at your digital image file of your artwork, on your screen and see how it will look on your chosen fine art paper.

What’s next? Print Proofs / Test Prints

So you have finally got a great digital image of your artwork, with all editing done and you know what size print you want. Now you may choose to do a print proof, also called a test print. This is helpful if you want to see if you’re happy with the digital file you have created and whether it looks like the original artwork. You may want to use this print service a couple of times, making colour editing adjustments, until you’re happy. 

Also you may still be deciding over which fine art paper or canvas best suits your artwork. Therefore it makes sense to do a test print on one or two papers. So you can compare them.

A Print Proof is a cross section at 100% of the digital file, rather than a small print of the whole artwork. This way you get to see the finer colour and details. An overall small print will not truly represent the final print size you’re looking for.

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Artists Printing – Finally

Now that you have a digital image file of your artwork, that you’re happy with. Whether we have photographed the artwork or you have supplied the file, you’re ready to order your giclée prints. You’ve taken the time and effort to produce your artwork. So it’s worth taking the time to get the most out of your artwork, to produce the best high quality art prints you can. Once you have been through the process you will have a better understanding of what fine art printing actually is.

Of course there are other decisions to make, such as the depth of border around the print, will it be a limited edition print, is the print going to be mounted onto board, do you want deckle edging, do you want the print varnished, do you need a certificate of authenticity ?

Our online ordering giclée printing service guides you through your choices.

 

 


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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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Selling Art Online – Social Media

Originally posted 6th August 2019 – Updated 25th June 2020
Selling Art Online

It’s more important than ever to increase awareness and find new ways of getting your work in front of new people – potential clients. Here we will look at how you can use social media to your advantage. Most of us have an account on at least one platform, whether that’s Facebook, Instagram or another. But how can you use that to your advantage?

Selling art through social media

There are many different platforms available; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. However, you need to select wisely. Possibly the most common and popular for artists and photographers would be Facebook and Instagram, however, you need to consider your target audience. In 2018 there were over 44 million social media users just in the UK (and these people regularly used their social media accounts too!) Therefore, social media platforms provide a great audience to present your work to.  It’s also worth delving into the demographics of each site a little further too. For example, Facebook users are mainly female and fall within the 25-34 age category, whereas the Twitter user base is pretty much a 50/50 split between male and female. Alternatively, LinkedIn is a much more ‘serious’ platform mainly used for targeting other businesses. Consequently, the first and most important thing to consider is who your target audience is when selecting which social media accounts to set up.

Things to consider

Here are a few top things you need to consider when setting up and selling or promoting your work through social media platforms.

  • Less is more! Don’t try to have accounts on all social media platforms. Just select a couple to run with for example Instagram and Facebook (possibly the best options for artists and photographers). Creating and posting content takes time and you need to keep time free to actually create work! A couple of channels should be manageable.
  • More is less! Yes, contradictory to the above! However, you need to post regularly. In 2016 there were 95 million posts each day to Instagram alone! It’s easy for your posts to get lost in that so post regularly to keep your followers engaged. If it helps, dedicate a couple of hours throughout the week to post on social media and make sure you stick to it!
  • Set up a page on Facebook and keep it strictly business! A ‘page’ is different to your own personal profile, more like a shop front on the internet. A page makes it much easier to gain followers and it’s viewable to almost everybody. It is also vital to keep content relating to your work. Nobody wants to know what you had for dinner last night or see your holiday pictures (unless they are work related!) However, do let your personality shine through, but just remember the aim is to promote and sell your artwork or photography.
  • Interact with others. If someone leaves a lovely comment about your work, take the time to say thank you. Good manners pay dividends! It also makes you more approachable if someone would like to ask questions or understand your work further.
  • #Hashtags. Use them sparingly but still use them! A post with just one hashtag linked to it, is said to receive 12% more interaction than a post without. Write down a list of hashtags that link to your work and style that you can use regularly. Some examples may be; #watercolourartist or #landscapephotography.
  • Join other groups and do some research. Social media is a great tool for checking out other peoples work and keeping an eye on the competition. It’s also brilliant for networking by joining groups relating to the industry and receiving peer to peer reviews of your work.

These are just a few important factors to take into consideration when setting up and maintaining your profiles, however, all are very important and it’s easy to get lost and confused when starting out!

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The importance of certificates of authenticity

Originally posted 20th May 2019 – Updated 18th June 2020

As an artist or photographer, 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 Artists 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 Artists 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.


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Bespoke Greetings Cards

Originally posted 17th June 2019 – Updated 28th May 2020

Did you know that you don’t just have to have your work reproduced as standard prints? You can also create bespoke, stunning greetings cards from your art or photography. 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 greetings cards that your recipient can keep and frame.

Our greetings cards are digitally printed using pigment inks and FSC approved acid free 300gsm card. This allows you to order quantities as low as six-cards per design, provided they are on the same substrate (we also provide discounts for larger quantities). 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). Additionally, we can produce square cards for something a little different which are 145x145mm. Each greetings card can be printed either with or without a border and we also include a small thumbnail on the back of each card of your work and also the image title, your name and website address.

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 cards (free of charge!) 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 greetings cards per design and all are provided with corresponding envelopes and are sent to you flat packed and pre-creased so your cards are ready for their handwritten note and then the postbox!

Turnaround time for greetings cards printing is between three and seven days, however, this can be slightly longer at peak times so please check with us if you’re working to a tight deadline.


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Smooth Fine Art Papers

Originally posted 5th July 2019 – Updated 14th May 2020

At The Artist’s Print Room, we stock a wide variety of fine art papers for artists, photographers, illustrators, galleries and museums. Here we have outlined the different types of smooth and matt fine art paper options we offer.

Smooth Fine Art Papers

When paper is produced in the paper mill, smooth fine art papers are created with a much more smooth felt in comparison to the textured papers, this then produces the surface on the finished product. A smooth fine art paper can often be a good go to when just starting out. Additionally, smooth and matt fine are papers are often compliment portrait photography. However, it is important to remember that when a paper is described as smooth it is not completely devoid of texture though!

Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Hahnemühle Bamboo - The Artists Print Room

This bamboo paper is made from 90% bamboo fibres and the additional 10% is made from cotton. This particular paper is more environmentally friendly than the cotton papers due to the fast growing bamboo. Furthermore, this also now forms part of the Hahnemühle Natural Line range of fine art substrates. This paper has a lovely warm white colour and due to its tone, it is ideal for warm coloured prints and monochrome images.

Canson® Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique - The Artists Print Room

This paper from Canson is 100% cotton and has an exceptional smooth white tone. During the manufacturing process, natural minerals are added and therefore this paper has a natural tone. A very unique, smooth surface, however, there is still a tactile element to the paper which you can see in the close up image. This paper provides one of the highest achievable Dmax on the market, therefore, making it a perfect solution for both fine art photography prints and art reproductions.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White - The Artists Print Room

Hahnemühle’s most famous paper is probably their Photo Rag and this paper is a brighter version of their famous Photo Rag 308gsm. As above, a 100% cotton paper but with a bright white tone. A smooth surface, this paper can really make your colours ‘pop’ and really add definition to black and white imagery.

If you would like to see all the papers we offer, why not order one of our substrate sample books? This can really make life much easier when making the difficult decision of which surface to have your work printed on. For just £10.00 you will receive samples of the following substrates;

Matt finish:

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm
Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm
Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm
Hahnemühle Hemp 290gsm
Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
St Cuthberts Mill Somerset Velvet 330gsm
Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag 310gsm
Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm
Hahnemühle William Turner 310gsm
Fotospeed Platinium Etching 285gsm

Canvas:

Hahnemühle Daguerre Canvas 400gsm
Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas 385gsm

Gloss finish:

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin 310gsm
Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl 285gsm
ILFORD Imaging Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm
Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
Fotospeed Smooth Pearl 290gsm


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Gloss Fine Art Papers

Originally posted 16th July 2019 – Updated 7th May 2020

Deciding on the perfect paper for your photography or art reproduction can be a difficult decision to make. We have put together a list of the gloss fine art papers that we offer. We hope this gives some understanding to each of the paper qualities and what type of finish you can expect.

Gloss Fine Art Papers

The most important thing to be aware of here when considering a gloss fine art paper is that when we talk about gloss, this tends to be more of a subtle lustre or satin finish. Not the high gloss on your standard photographic prints that you have produced from standard photo labs. These finishes are much more subtle and arguably more exquisite and beautiful.

Canson® Infinity Platine Fibre Rag

Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag - The Artists Print Room

The Canson® Infinity Platine Fibre Rag is a combination of the combination of the premium 100% cotton Platinum paper that Canson has supplied for many years to the original Platinum and Platine photographic market, with the latest microporous coating. The paper contains no optical brighteners, thus not affecting the longevity of the print. An excellent choice of paper for both black and white or colour images. A 310gsm which overall provides a stunning satin finish to your image.

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin - The Artists Print Room

As above, this paper from but from Hahnemühle is a 310gsm,  and has a satin finish. A smooth surface and 100% cotton rag, the paper has a lovely natural white tone. A unique paper in that when you image is printed on this paper, the unprinted areas remain matt, however, the printed areas have a slight sheen. Your print will appear like it shimmers in the light.

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl - The Artists Print Room

The Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl is a 285gsm paper and provides your prints with a sensational pearl finish. This paper isn’t cotton rag like others previously mentioned, it’s a 100% a-cellulose paper (which is wood pulp) and has a bright white tone. Due to this bright white, prints will have impressive colour contrasts and the black in your images will have an incredible depth.

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta - The Artists Print Room

Photo Rag Baryta is a 315gsm, 100% cotton paper and the ‘glossiest’ paper we offer. Using barium sulphate in the inkjet coating, ensuring the typical gloss that makes this paper a genuine replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analogue labs. The coating on this paper provides a water resistance and the tone of the base paper lends well to black and white prints.

ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk
Ilford Fibre Silk 310gsm

The ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm is a stunning traditional fibre based substrate. This fine art paper has both the look and feel of a traditional baryta paper which many artists and photographers love. With a high quality finish, it produces stunning black and white images in addition to colour prints, thanks to its excellent sharpness and wide colour gamut.


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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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Signing fine art prints

When it comes to signing fine art prints, there are some unwritten rules to be aware of. It’s important to consider these factors if you are hoping to make money and sell your work. Here we have put some tips together for you to help explain the most common practices in the industry.

The Importance

Firstly, the most important thing to remember is, it’s really down to you! You’re the artist, it’s your work that you have spent time creating. Signing your print can generally increase the sales price, this Huffington Post article from 2011 suggests the value can be increased by at least two times. Additionally, your work is something to be proud of and you should therefore put your name to the piece and claim your rights as the artist.

Signing should be an automatic part of the production process and should be one of the first things you do once receiving your prints (after unwrapping the packaging, of course!) Also, by signing your prints, you are giving your approval of the work.

Signing The Print

Traditionally, prints are signed at the bottom, in the margin, as follows;

  • The left hand corner details the edition number and edition size (if applicable). For example, edition number 4 of 50 would read as 4/50.
  • In the middle, you would add the title. Again, this is only if applicable. Not all artists title their artwork so don’t feel this is necessary.
  • The right hand side is where the most important thing comes; the signature. Your signature is your brand, be creative and distinctive. We would highly suggest not using your day to day signature that you use for things such as banking. Make this signature different! For creative inspiration, take a look at this list of artist signatures.

It is also incredibly important to not sign within the width of your print area. Make sure you stay away from your borders as if you’re subsequently having your print frame, you may find this is covered over or even worse, cut off! If in doubt, seek advice from your framer before signing your fine art prints.

Tools For The Job

When is comes to signing fine art prints, you need the right tool! We would suggest using a pencil on matt papers such as the Hahnemühle Museum Etching. Here at The Artists Print Room, we always recommend a mechanical pencil such as a Pentel P209 with a 2B lead. However, for other papers with a gloss coating such as the Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag, do not sign with a regular ball point pen or maker pen! It’s vital to use a pen which is archival and acid free in order to prevent any spoiling of your work. One excellent choice would be the Sakura Pigma Pens. Using such pens will ensure the ink doesn’t fade or discolour subsequently affecting your print.

As an alternative or even as an addition to hand signing, you could emboss your print to add a really special extra touch.


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Ordering your fine art giclée prints

When it comes to ordering your fine art giclée prints, it can be a confusing process, with so many options to be aware of. Here at The Artists Print Room, we have tried our best to ensure our online ordering system is straight forward and easy to use.

Firstly, head over to our online shop. You’ll find this option at the top of our website. The blue box saying ‘Order Here!’ will take you directly through to our online ordering system.

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By heading through to our online shop, you will see the following four options:

The Artists Print Room online shop

From here, to order giclée prints, head over to the printing option. Here you will see a number of different options, including deckled edge prints, poster printing, greetings cards and print proofs. If you’re not sure how your final print will look or your just starting out in the world of producing your artwork or photography as giclée prints, it might be worth considering print proofs in the first instance.

Print Proofs

Our print proofs are 280x120mm as standard (other size options are available though). You can order print proofs on any of the fine art substrates that we offer and prices start at just £7.50. Print proofs give you the best opportunity to take a closer look at the colours, substrates and quality of our products before committing to a full sized print.

Giclée Printing

If you’re ready to go ahead and order your giclée prints, then head straight to our online order form. Here you will be taken step-by-step through the options available to you. Firstly, you will need to select your print size. You can order generic paper sizes or alternatively bespoke print sizes. Prices here start at £9.00 for an A5 print.

Secondly, you can add a plain border to your print. If you’ve added a border to your print file already, please make sure to select the relevant option. Alternatively, you can ask us to add one on for you and let us know what size you would like this.

Then comes the exciting bit! Select from our wide range of substrates available. Take your pick from our gloss, matt or textured fine art papers. We have 15 papers to select from plus two canvas substrates.

Following on from your substrate selection you can add on the option of having a certificate of authenticity. These are a great addition, particularly if your print is part of a limited edition. Once you’ve completed all these stages you will receive a bespoke price according to your selections. Please note, we also offer discounts on multiple orders starting at six prints. If you have a print run of over 100, please do contact us for further information and pricing.

There you go! Ordering your giclée prints is as simple as that! Once you’ve added your products to basket, follow our simple instructions to upload your files, then sit back and relax! Your order will be on the way to you shortly. We will be in touch if there are any issues or questions, additional, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions too!


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