What is the expected life of a fine art reproduction?
Under normal household conditions you could reasonably expect a pigment ink print on top quality paper or canvas to last 3-4 generations (80-100 years) without noticeable fading. Unfortunately, the fact is that most things that have colour will fade over time if they receive any exposure to UV light.
Understand that all testing is done under a controlled environment. No matter how much care we go to in providing the finest quality product, once it enters the purchaser’s environment we have lost control.
Do Giclee prints require special care?
We recommend that you care for your reproductions the same as other originals or limited edition prints. They should be protected from water and should not be placed in direct sunlight. See our “Caring for your prints” page.
What about the different types of canvas coatings?
Not all printing companies coat their canvases. Why? we don’t know, maybe it’s too hard for them or they just want to knock the job out quickly and who cares about how long it lasts.
However – We care! All Art House canvas prints are treated with a specially formulated fine art coating. This product eliminates the problems typically associated with other coatings such as cracking, yellowing & inconsistent texture. Art prints on canvas are available with a gloss or satin finish. We do not coat paper prints as they end up behind glass and this is all the protection they need.
How accurate is the colour?
The resolution and colour can be brilliant and is superior to other methods of art reproduction. However, you must be aware that where you have used fluorescent paint, foil or glitter that it is not possible to reproduce that same effect – inks don’t glitter or glow. During the proofing process we work closely with you to achieve the look and feel in the print that is most appealing and closest to the original as possible.
Can I paint on top of my prints?
Yes, you can. You can use acrylics on canvas or pencils, pastels or watercolour on paper prints. This can increase the value of the reproduction and you may call it something like “Enhanced Reproduction” or “Remarque”.
What happens during the proofing process?
We edit and manipulate images in a number of imaging programs to eliminate flaws such as dust spots scratches etc. and create a digital file that most closely resembles the original artwork.
After the image is corrected and balanced for colour the initial proof will generally be about A4 size regardless of the final size print you have ordered. This will be on the media of your choice.
What materials or information do I need to provide to get started?
You need to send us one of the following – Ideally we prefer to work from your Original Artwork, if this is not possible then send us the best quality file on CDrom or DVD or you can upload it to our web site. See here for file requirements. It would be advisable to supply a reference print of acceptable colour if you have one.
Can I use my own digital files?
Certainly – if they are good enough! See here for file requirements. It is important to note that most professional photographers using digital cameras cannot compete with the quality provided by our digital system here. Most digital cameras are barely equivalent to shooting a high quality 35mm transparency which will succeed if only small prints are required but if you want the best you need to use the best process available to you.
What are the terms of payment?
Our terms are 50% deposit with the order and the balance paid on completion prior to collection or delivery. Sorry, we do not offer accounts.
Why choose Art House Reproductions over some other company?
Art House Reproductions Giclees conform to archival standards consistent with collectible fine art prints. Art House Reproductions’ Giclees are produced exclusively using the finest quality papers, canvases and inks on the market.
All additional materials & substrates used in the reproduction process are of archival quality and produced by reputable manufacturers. Art House Reproductions’ Giclees are produced in small runs which frees up your cash flow allowing you to order on demand – order as you sell!
Art House Reproductions has developed specific programs, protocols and colour management systems to produce the finest quality Giclees anywhere in the world!
And we are really nice people to deal with!
Why use Giclee instead of other printing processes to publish limited edition art prints?
There are many benefits to the Giclee process. Two of these are versatility and investment. The process allows versatility in subject matter, original mediums and the ability to experiment readily. For the initial investment of a few hundred dollars, an artist can test the market to see what will sell in different locations or break into new untouched areas. This flexibility allows you more creative freedom and helps prevent costly mistakes. It sure beats printing 1000 lithograph prints which you then have to try and sell before they fade!
What about Copyright?
We may require proof that you are the artist and owner of the copyright if you are not the one who produced the work, Just because you buy a painting does not mean you can copy it. We will require written permission from the artist first.
The copyright holder retains copyright of any images reproduced by Art House Reproductions and we will not print any work, without permission or a confirmed order from you. The artist/creator has the primary ownership of the work and retains the right to produce reproductions even after selling the original.
This is unless a mutual agreement is documented and signed by both parties. After the artist/creator is deceased by 50 years then the image is free of copyright restrictions unless the family or trust maintains those rights.
So in summary… we take copyright very seriously. If you are the artist and owner of copyright life is easy. If you have purchased a work of art it is yours to own, not to reproduce, unless you also purchased copyright and can prove to us that you have the artist’s permission.
How large an image can you print?
The widest material we print on is 60″ (152.5cm) wide and most rolls are a minimum of 40ft (12.2m) long. When printing on canvas you need to allow for wrapping around the stretcher so effectively you end up with a 56″ (140cm) wide image plus wrapping. A large paper reproduction would probably have a similar 2″ border though some artists prefer borders up to six inches wide on very large prints.
How many prints do I get for my minimum order?
We have a $10.00 minimum order policy so if the size you’ve chosen is more than this then your minimum quantity is one!
How can I get my images into your Online Shop?
Easy! Just download our FREE Artist Info kit and follow the instructions! You can do this here!
How much can I sell my Giclees for?
Your circumstances affect the price you need to charge. Variables include the size of the print, substrate, framed or unframed, edition number and your notoriety as an artist.
The price of your original art is a relative indicator of what you will might expect for your prints. Typically if you are getting good dollars for your originals you could expect to sell limited editions for anywhere from a tenth to half the price of your original. If you are at the lower end of the market then you run the risk of your reproductions costing you more than you are selling your originals for! We have some marketing thoughts on this situation so don’t give up on reproductions just because you don’t command thousands of dollars for originals.