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Your artwork is printed on a 24" Epson 7800 Professional printer, using 8-color archival Epson UltraChrome K3™ pigments.

TO ORDER:  Bring your art to Huntsville Art League at Lowe Mill (map below) Studio 202, and drop off.  Leave a note with your name and phone number, and what you want done, including SIZE and QUANTITY.  Do NOT pay.  In a day or two, I will shoot the copy, (copy pricing here) and make the prints.  I will call you when it is finished.  Normal printing time is about a week, but I can meet almost any deadline.

[See "What is a Giclee?" below]

[Also see FAQ's below]

MATCHING:  If you want a very close match to the original, it must be available, and a $20 testing fee will apply, per original.   99% of artists are happy without this step.  Just be aware that exact color / contrast  match of a reproduction to an original is NOT automatic.  See the FAQs' for more information.

 

PRINT MEDIA CHOICES  There are 3 options:

1.  Giclee on Somerset Velvet:  This is printed on a heavy, 100% cotton fine-art paper.   Archival rating is over 100 years.   (More info on this paper is below)

2.  Canvas:  Epson Exhibition Canvas is a heavy, water-resistant material for high resolution images.  (More below)

3. Enhanced Matte paper:   For non-archival purposes, this paper yields an economical alternative to art paper while maintaining excellent color, highlight, and shadow detail.   (More below)

PRICES

(Quantity discounts apply per each Image, not the order)

 

Shortest side of canvas cannot exceed 20"
(Max size is 20" x XX")
On delivery you will have to mount the picture on a stretcher.
(Any frame shop or Hobby Lobby can do this)
It is also highly recommended that you laquer spray the print.

 

Glossy Print 8x10 for Jurying .............................................................$5.00
Delivery of CD via USPS ....................................................................+$2.00


~~More info on PRINT MEDIA~~

Somerset® Velvet

Overview

  • Acid free to preserve fine art and photos
  • 100% cotton rag for long term durability
  • Radiant white surface for vivid color reproduction
  • Rich black images for prints with exceptional contrast
  • 255 g/m² basis weight on rolls for versatility
  • Velvet surface for rich details and accurate reproduction

 

Also known as "Somerset Velvet Radiant White". This mould made paper (the closet machine process to handmade) comes from the St. Cuthberts Mill which is the only commercial papermill now surviving near Wells in Somerset, England. Somerset Velvet was formulated in the early 1990's in association with Legion Paper as one of the world's first digital papers for use in the giclee industry. It soon became the most popular digital fine art paper in the world.  SV is 100% cotton, acid-free, with a slightly textured velvet finish (vellum) that is similar to a watercolor paper. SV is radiant white and delivers long-lasting prints when printed with EPSON Archival  UltraChrome™ Pigment Ink.

 

Epson Exhibition Canvas Satin

Whether the application is photographic portraiture or fine art reproduction, Exhibition Canvas Satin will satisfy even the most demanding professional by providing both the finest image quality as well as a vehicle for enhanced artistic creativity. Made from a durable blend of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton, this unique heavyweight, quality canvas utilizes a tight weave that is ideal for photographic and fine art reproductions. It offers a high resolution coating that is pliable enough to withstand stretching without sagging, and displays a subtle texture for a true artistic look and feel. Combined with incredible color reproduction, Exhibition Canvas Satin provides a high gloss finish, instant dry versatility, and water resistance to allow for all applications that require the highest image quality and an archival display life.

 

 Epson Enhanced Matte Paper

*  Flat matte surface provides the optimum photographic platform
*  High color gamut yields remarkable color reproduction
*  High resolution output
*  Heavyweight stock delivers true photographic feel
*  Bright white base accentuates highlights

For photographers seeking a flat matte surface, EPSON Enhanced Matte Paper is the ideal choice.  It yields highly saturated images, while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail.

 

What is a Giclée?

Giclée — pronounced “zhee-clay” — is French, and the literal translation is: “to spray.”    History: in the early 1960s, Iris (inkjet) technology was developed as a proofing process for lithos. The process was improved through the mid-1980s by pioneers like Graham Nash (yes, of the rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young!) who developed inks that expanded the color gamut and longevity of the print, till Iris printing became a viable fine arts medium. That technology has “trickled down” to our present day inkjet printers. However there are differences between a “Giclée” and an ordinary inkjet print, which are subtle, but significant.

The original is photographed on a high-resolution digital camera.

That file goes to the printer.  Now, one problem with a desktop printer is its use of dye-based ink. Dyes are small, simple molecules, susceptible to UV radiation and pollution. Pigments, on the other hand, are ground up minerals. They are much larger, more complex, and break down more slowly. (This is what the originals are painted with.)  Until recently, inkjets have not been able to force pigments through the printer nozzle. However, they have solved this problem by encapsulating each tiny fragment of pigment (1/10,000 mm in size) in resin. The Giclée printer’s images have been rated at over 130 years before beginning to fade. This is much longer than lithos, and even some watercolors. The Giclée printer can also print on the same archival fine art paper that the watercolorist uses.

Other advantages of a Giclée over a litho: there is no “screen”… the “dots” of the Giclée are much too close together to be seen. It uses 8 colors instead of 4, and can be sold for a higher price than a litho. Best of all, it can be made “on demand”, not in lots of 1000!

 

FAQ's

1. How do I pay?

I leave a bill with the final product.   You can mail me a check, or put a check in the dropbox on my shelf.   If you want to charge it, let me know and I will send you an email with a link to PayPal.  You do not need an account with them to use your CC.

2. What does the optional $20 testing fee represent - when we leave the original?

99% of the artists like the print they get... I have been printing photographs for more than 40 years. The print you get is promised to be GOOD.  That means the color and contrast is pleasing, and natural. That doesn't mean the color/contrast will be a perfect MATCH to your original.   Unless you are viewing them side by side, you probably wouldn't know the difference. To get all the colors to match exactly, much more testing is needed.  I have to bring the original home, and tweak each color one by one. Only 1% of artists feel this is necessary.

Photographic reproduction of fine art is an art in itself.  It is not automatic.  It is influenced by:  the color, contrast, and reflectivity of the original; color and intensity of the light source when photographing; camera optics and electronics; computer monitor calibration; the exact combination of printer, paper and ink that is used; and the light quality when viewing the final print.   There are no absolute standards for ANY of the above!  For a more detailed discussion of fine-art reproduction, download this document.

3. Can you make a copy if the original is in a frame, behind glass?

YES!   I have special polarized lights which cut out reflections.

4. Can I ask for borders?

I usually leave at least an inch on paper prints for the framer to mount the print to the mat.  I also leave a 1.5" border on canvas prints, for stretching.  You can get even larger borders, on request, for a small fee.

5. What is the pickup / delivery schedule?

I am in and out all the time.  There is not a set schedule.  If you have a rush job, call me at 256-457-5586 and let me know.  I can usually get it done.  

Lowe Mill's hours are Wed - Sat 12-6

Studio 202
2211 Seminole
Huntsville, AL 35805

 

 

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