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HOW DO I TURN MY ORIGINAL ARTWORK INTO A LIMITED EDITION PRINT?


So you have an artwork original, and you want to turn it into a limited edition print; this can seem a daunting task if you have never produced one before.


There are so many production methods; how do you know which option to choose? Our helpful guide will get you started on this journey and point you in the direction of more detailed information.



How was your original produced?


If you are a photographer or digital artist, you probably have a digital version of your artwork held on a computer, so you will want to use this file as the basis for your print.

If you have a physical work of art, for example, a painting or drawing, you will need to get this original scanned or photographed to create a digital version of the image. We offer an in-house photography service that uses a high-resolution digital format camera, carefully calibrated to capture the detail and colour of your image. The resulting digital file is used to create a print at any size you want. For more information, see our photography page.

Please view our article " Supplying digital files for Print Production and getting the best results " if you are supplying us with your own digital files, from digital artwork or photography.

At this point don’t forget to think about your choice of image, have you got good feedback from friends' family or social media for the image. Is it one of your more popular images do you think it will sell well? Even if you plan to print on demand there will be some cost in getting the digital image for printing and proofing the prints, as well as your time marketing it.


What type of print do I want to make?

We offer three main types of printing, Giclee, Silkscreen and a mixed media prints using both methods.


Giclee printing


This is a flexible and cost-effective method which is excellent if you are starting out making prints. You can print any number of prints at a time and print the same image in various sizes. We have a range of high-quality fine art papers and canvas available. We can also print large formats and onto unusual materials using our flatbed digital printer.


This type of printing is excellent for photography, fine art paintings, watercolours, charcoal, sketches and digital art. For more detailed information, please see our Giclee page.

Silkscreen


The most cost-effective way of producing full silkscreen prints is to print a complete edition at once in an edition length of at least 20 or more prints.

We work closely with the customer when producing Silkscreen editions. We help create the artwork you need for printing, and choose the best screening method to make your prints.

For more detailed information, please see our Silkscreen page.


Mixed Media


Using a mix of image-making processes can add another dimension to a giclee print taking it beyond a digital reproduction of an original to being a work of art in its own right. Making a Mixed Media Giclee print involves printing the image as a Giclee and then adding finishes and effects using the screen print process. Because Silkscreen necessitates creating a screen for each colour or effect, we recommend a minimum order of 10 prints. The effects can include leafing, diamond dust, glosses, iridescent Fluorescent, metallic colours, and glitter gloss. Using our flatbed printer, we can also print over Silkscreen or metallic leaf.

For more information, please see our Creating a mixed media print article.


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