ART REPRODUCTION AND GICLEE PRINTING
DIGITIZING YOUR ART FOR PRINTING OR ARCHVING
Once you’ve finished an original painting or drawing you may want to make giclee prints available. Prints allow you to sell your work more than once. Also, it makes the work available to others who may not be able to afford the original painting or who come across it after the original has been sold.
Even if you decide not to make prints it is a good idea to have a high quality photograph of your work for documentation and archiving purposes. This helps to catalog your work and give you the best image possible for use in your portfolio, website, or for passing an archive of your work on to future generations.
We have the ability to make professional quality reproductions of your work that do your originals justice.
HOW DOES ART REPRODUCTION WORK?
First, bring your original work to our studio and drop it off. We light your work with daylight balanced, professional studio lights and photograph it using a high resolution camera with a custom white balance, built specifically for our lighting, to aid in maintaining the best colors. Photography is done at a cost of $25 per photograph, which includes basic color adjusting and the digital files. Most works 24x36 and smaller can be done with one photograph where larger or irregularly shaped ones may require 2 to 3 to maintain optimum resolution.
After we have photographed your work the files are then put on the computer for adjusting and color balancing.They are imported into a professional photo editing program using a custom color profile built for our camera/light combination. This stage is important for making sure the brightness, contrast, sharpness, and colors look good and are as faithful to the original as possible. If we had to photograph your work in multiple pieces they will be stitched back together creating one high resolution file.
3. YOUR FILES
Finally, we create three separate files and give them all to you. These files are a high resolution tiff file, a high resolution jpeg file, and a web resolution jpeg. The high resolution files can be used for printing of any sort and the web resolution file is already set for emailing, putting on your website, or sharing on social media. We no longer use CDs or DVDs, so you can either bring us a USB flash drive to transfer your images or we can share them with you digitally via Dropbox. All of this is included in the $25 per photograph charge.
FREQUENT ART REPRODUCTION QUESTIONS
How Much Does It Cost?
We charge $25 per photograph. This includes a high resolution photograph, basic color adjustment, and creating 3 separate files (a high res tiff, high res jpeg, and web res jpeg) which we give to you. As a general rule we suggest that works larger than 24×36 be photographed in 2 pieces (and thus charged for 2 photographs) in order to maintain optimum resolution. There are of course exceptions and we’re always able to advise you ahead of time as to what we think is best for your work.
How Long Does It Take
Normal turnaround time for photographing art work is one week. Sometimes we can be faster, it simply depends upon our work load. If you’re also seeking to have prints made from your work then this may take a little longer since we must both photograph and print your work.
Do I Have To Leave My Work With You?
Yes. We cannot photograph your work while you wait in most situations. Furthermore, if we do not have the work here during the editing process then we will not have the original for color reference. If there is a particular rush then we can schedule a time to shoot your work while you wait for an hourly charge. Just ask!
Where Do I Drop My Work Off?
You can see our address and a map of our location on our contact page here.
Can I Photograph My Own Work And Have You Print From That?
Short answer: Yes, though if you insist on creating the file yourself please understand that we cannot be responsible if you are unhappy with aspects of the prints such as color, brightness, sharpness, etc. If we didn’t create the file then we have no way to know how faithful to the original it is. Long answer: We do not suggest doing this. There are a lot of details that go into making a faithful reproduction of a painting that you are not going to have at your disposal at home. In fact, even most professional photographers will not be set up to do this as well as possible. This isn’t a comment on their skill as a photographer, it is simply that painting reproduction requires some extra steps that wouldn’t otherwise come into play with other photography. If you’d like to understand more about why this is then read our article on art reproduction here.
Can I Have Someone Else With A Good Camera Photograph My Work?
Short answer: Yes, though if you have someone else create the file please understand that we cannot be responsible if you are unhappy with aspects of the prints such as color, brightness, sharpness, etc. If we didn’t create the file then we have no way to know how faithful to the original it is. Long answer: We do not suggest doing this. There are a lot of details that go into making a faithful reproduction of a painting that you are not going to have at your disposal at home. In fact, even most professional photographers will not be set up to do this as well as possible. This isn’t a comment on their skill as a photographer, it is simply that painting reproduction requires some extra steps that wouldn’t otherwise come into play with other photography. We are set up to specifically do this type of work. If you’d like to understand more about why this is then read our article on art reproduction here.
What Equipment Do You Use?
You can read more details about what we use and how we go about art reproduction in this article.
Can We Make Reproductions Not Match My Original If I Want?
Yes, certainly. Sometimes people choose to slightly alter reproductions of their originals. The idea here is that the original work maintains more value by being the only one that looks just the way it does. Thus we make reproductions that are slightly altered from the original. All the reproductions are high quality and they all match one another, but they do not exactly match the original piece, making the original truly unique. If you are seeking to do this then we can work with you to change the particular aspects you’d like to vary from the original.
Will The Reproductions Perfectly Match My Original?
We will not promise you a perfect color match in every way. But wait! I thought you know what you’re doing!!! It is because we know what we’re doing that we will not promise you a perfect color match across the board. In short, some colors cannot be exactly reproduced and others can simply be very difficult to fine tune. What we will do is tell you that we will give you a very good file that closely matches your original. Does this mean that it will look drastically different from your original? No, definitely not! This distinction comes only when talking about a 100% exact match to every color in every way (which is generally not realistic).
Will My Reproductions Last Forever?
No! There are no prints that will last forever. While we use archival materials it is important to understand both what archival means (there’s no universal standard) and the part that you play in it (it’s a very big role). Always be cautious if someone tells you a print is going to last hundreds of years and, even if you aren’t told that, be sure you understand what is meant by being told something is archival. We offer some paper options which are archival certified and some which are not (we’re happy to discuss what that means to you). Our inks are archival inks, our canvas is archival certified, and our canvas varnish is archival. We have a couple posts we’ve made about archival prints that we highly suggest you read. You can find one of those here and the other here.