"There is nothing like great printing to compliment a photographer's view of life. I've been using Art & Frame iNK with Jack, Tara, and Drew for years. Their attention to detail, their suggestions and most of all, their friendship, makes my visits a wonderful and fulfilling experience. My photographic work is better because of their expertise." ~ Larry Hatteberg
You can sell your originals only one time and we know that, for many of you, the time to complete a piece can be staggering. Leverage the time you've already invested in making your art, by investing in archival giclée fine art reproductions and photographs, that your clients will love and be proud to display. Offer your clients open editions and/or limited editions prints on a variety of canvases and papers.
Giclée (pronounced zhee-klay) is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. It is based on the French word gicleur, which basically means "nozzle/spray." The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980's but has since come to mean any inkjet print. It is often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to denote high quality printing but since it is an unregulated word it has no associated warranty of quality. Here at AFI, we use the term giclée but prefer the description "Archival Fine Art Print" given the process and materials we employ are held to a higher standard than box stores and many online services.
The artist is in total control of the production of their images, including custom sizing, cropping, printing media and the final color correction with inkjet printing. With inkjet printing the artist does not have to pay for inventory and storage. This allows the artist to follow a profitable print on demand business model in which inkjet printing can be an economical option, since art can be printed and sold individually in accordance with demand and at various sizes to fit your customers space.
In addition to using the highest grade giclée printers, archival inks and papers, we also have trained, skilled professionals overseeing the quality of each individual print throughout every aspect of our art reproduction services. Your images are custom printed to meet your size requirements and on the medium of your choice. There is no automatic photo processing with us. So we can ensure that your printed images will meet your expectations and be amazingly beautiful.
AFI stocks a range of Epson premium signature worthy photo and fine art papers, as well as canvas. Only the highest quality Epson papers receive the designation of Signature Worthy. In combination with our printing process and Epson Stylus Pro printers, these Signature Worthy fine art papers deliver the industry with reproductions that are the closest thing to an original piece of art. Your images are printed with Epson archival Ultrachrome HDR inks on a 10 color Epson Stylus Pro printer. In combination with color correction and our quality control, the result is a stunning giclée archival fine art piece.
Supply us with a digital file or deliver us the original for us to do the image capture. With the original in hand, we determine the best possible method for the digital image capture to create an impeccable life-like reproduction of your art with all of the subtle details of the original. We'll need to know what the largest printed image you'll ever want is. This will determine how high the resoution needs to be.
Scanning affords you the greatest detail and highest quality capture. Most of our artists prefer this method. We decline scanning artwork larger than 30"x45" and/or art that is too fragile to lie face down on a scanner.
Pictured is an 1" detail of a painting.
Whether we are printing from one of our captures or one of yours, without adjustments, the print will rarely have the right colors, pop and crisp, rich details you would expect it to have. The objective may be to create a very close reproduction of your original art or to alter it in some way. The image file needs to be adjusted on a computer then proofed and critically analyzed. This process is repeated as many times as necessary to achieve your desired results. To match your piece, we must have your original on hand.
We do not need the original when doing enhancements. Enhancements are considered as any one thing or a combination of things that digitally alters the forming elements from the original. It could include manipulating all aspects of the colors, image sharpness, removal of unwanted marks, squaring, cropping, etc. You're welcome to make an appointment to work with our printing specialists as they make adjustments and proof your image.
You'll receive all the printed proofs required to get a close representation of your original. You're charged $29 for up to 3 proofs. Additional proofs are charged at 40% off retail price.
When you want to accurately match your artwork, we must have the original to compare to as the image is proofed and adjustments made.
It takes more than state of the arts equipment, or a giant digital file, to make a good art reproduction. Duplicating art takes a high level of craft and an understanding of the mediums used. No print will ever duplicate an original painting, drawing or mixed media work, but we strive to achieve a visual and perceptual match with every print.
Many artists and photographers like us to enhance images, rather than proof and adjust for color accuracy. This is often less costly and could result in better sales for you. Enhancements are based upon the uniqueness of the art piece. They range from color, saturation, contrast, value range, image sharpness, removal of unwanted marks, etc.
To get a quote, message us all your concerns when you upload your image. Once you've agreed to the cost and terms, we'll begin the hands-on work. You'll receive two email proofs. One that reads more accurately to the original and one with the enhancements. For printed proofs upload your image and select the media and finishes you would desire.
Recommended for the professional photographer or serious hobbyist that will ensure your satisfaction with all your future print orders with us. The image on your monitor most likely will not look like your print. It will be darker or lighter and warmer or cooler than the printed image when the monitor is not calibrated.