FAQs

What is Giclée Printing?

Giclée printing is the application of ink onto paper. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle” (the verb form gicler means “to squirt, spurt, or spray”).

How long will my print last?

How long your print will last depends on various factors such as how bright is the light on it, humidity, storage conditions. The inks have been tested to last over 100 years under optimum conditions.

What is Baryta Paper?

Baryta is barium-sulphate, a clay-like material that is applied to a fiber paper substrate. On traditional papers with light sensitive emulsions it acts to whiten the paper, produces a high degree of reflectivity, and as well provides a ground for the emulsion. Some of the finest photographic papers that we used to use, such as Multigrade IV FB and Ilfobrom Galerie FB, were Baryta based.

A new breed of papers designed for inkjet printing with pigment-based inks, Baryta is being used not to hold a chemical emulsion but to provide a smooth reflective coating.

How should I supply my files?

We accept files in jpg, tif (8 or 16 bit), pdf or psd formats.

Please make sure you save the image as the final size you want printed. If printing onto aluminium allow an extra 0.2 in for bleed.

Why do my prints come out much darker than they appear on the screen?

Most monitors and laptops have the brightness set far too high. If you get eye strain when using you computer for a while try turning the brightness down.

Check the image below. The black section across the top isn’t actually all black, rather alternating black and dark grey squares. Click for a larger version.
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If the top section look like the image below then your monitor is too bright.

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Should it look all black then it’s likely that your monitor is too dark.
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If you are concerned about getting the right colours in your prints compared to what you see on the screen then you must get your monitor profiled. Various equipment can do a good job of this.

Should I have my monitor profiled?

I used to have the problem that what I saw on the screen wasn’t what I saw when I had it printed. The colours could be quite different between the two devices.

The only way to limit this is to have your monitor profiled which should give you a correction profile for that monitor. Should you use more than one monitor you need to profile all your monitors. Some older operating systems can’t cope with two profiles when using two screens so make sure you do all your colour correcting on the profiled monitor.

I have profiles here for the papers used and they can be supplied on request. They can be used for soft profiling in Photoshop, Aperture, Elements etc.

The profiles are available here

Paper Size Conversion chart

Inches     Centimetres   Millimetres   A Sizes  
10 x 8 25.4 x 20.3 254 x 203
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 29.7 x 21.0 297 x 210 A4
12 x 10 30.5 x 25.4 305 x 254
14 x 11 35.6 x 27.9 356 x 279
16 x 12 40.6 x 30.5 406 x 305
16 1/2 x 11 3/4 42.0 x 29.7 420 x 297 A3
20 x 16 50.8 x 40.6 508 x 406
23 1/3 x 16 1/2 59.4 x 42.0 594 x 420 A2
24 x 20 61.0 x 50.8 610 x 508
30 x 20 76.2 x 50.8 762 x 508
30 x 30 76.2 x 76.2 762 x 762
33 x 23 1/2 84.1 x 59.4 841 x 594 A1
36 x 24 91.4 x 61.0 914 x 610

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