Limited edition fine art & A3 giclee printing services Brighton

Giclée, the French word for ‘spray’, refers to the ink jet printing process used to produce these beautiful archival standard fine art prints. We use professional, fade-resistant Epson inks and a range of high quality papers, resulting in beautiful, fully archival prints with incredibly fine detail.

Other great aspects:

  • Priced by the mm
  • Fully automated & easy to use ordering system
  • Fast turnaround
  • Various mounting options
  • Colour managed workflow
  • Secure online payment

 

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Award winning paper range with various fibrous finishes and paperweights, providing maximum choice for Fine Art reproductions. These paper types are also acid free and archival.

 

Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

A very popular paper for re-producing high quality fine art prints. This paper type has a fibrous finish, much like a smooth watercolour paper.

Hahnemühle German Etch 310gsm

This heavyweight paper with a fibrous finish, perfect for re-producing watercolour re-productions.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm

Reproduces impressive pictorial depth with a beautiful pearl-finish.

Hahnemühle Studio Enhanced Matt 210gsm

Matt coated inkjet paper with a smooth surface texture, so it’s suitable for illustrations, graphics and text panels. The Studio Enhanced is also the most cost effective Giclee paper stock at Spectrum Photographic.

Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

The first ink jet paper made from bamboo fibres and features a matt finish with a warm base white.

 


The Galerie Prestige is the latest range of papers developed by Ilford. Combining state of the art ink jet technology, this paper type offers excellent colour gamut with a sumptuous feel.

Ilford Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm

This heavy weight, resin coated paper features a smooth pearl finish making it perfect for providing superb photographic image quality, consistency and clarity.

 


innova

Innova offer a range of acid free, fine art inkjet papers featuring a premium matte inkjet coating.

INNOVA White Matte 285gsm

Our most popular paper amongst illustrators at Spectrum Photographic. This ultra-smooth matt paper features brilliant whites.


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A Hahnemuhle ‘certified studio’ is a print studio that is capable of creating digital fine art prints consistently and predictably on Hahnemuhle Fine Art papers, with the expertise to reproduce age resistant prints with a consistent quality.

Experience in preparation, presentation, storage and conservation of prints were audited by Hahnemühle FineArt, and they recommend Spectrum as a print service provider. Read more.


Giclée technical specifications

  • Printers: Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and SC P9000
  • Multi colour Ultrachrome HDR and HDX inks
  • Optimum Input resolution 200-300 dpi
  • Output resolution up to 1440 dpi variable-sized droplet technology
  • Archival Life expectancy*: up to 100 years on display – 200 years Dark Storage

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Fine Art Giclée Printing Process

Our prints are produced using the new 10 colour Epson UltraChrome HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) ink system creates a wider colour gamut for optimum performance on fine art papers. The inks are specially formulated for superb prints that look exactly the same under a range of lighting conditions. Prints are made with our 44″ wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900  and our larger Epson 64″ 11880 printer. We print to a selection of Hahnemühle, Innova and Ilford papers.

 

Fine Art Giclée technical specifications

  • Printers: Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and 11880
  • 10 colour Ultrachrome HDR inks
  • Maximum Print size 1620 mm x 2500 mm
  • Optimum Input resolution 200-300 dpi
  • Output resolution up to 1440 dpi
  • variable-sized droplet technology

 

Online Printing Turnaround Times

Photographic C-Type Prints (Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss, Matt or Lustre) Up to 48 Hours in lab
Giclée Ink-jet prints Up to 48 Hours in lab
Digipix Standard Size Prints Up to 48 Hours in lab

Our post is collected at 2pm Monday-Friday so please ensure urgent orders are uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out within two working days. Orders placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by the postman the following day.

 

Printing & Mounting Turnaround Times

Card, PVC & Foamboard Mounting  Up to 7 days in lab
MDF, Aluminium, Dibond, Durospec Perspex Reverse  Up to 10 days in lab

Quality prints should be mounted with the care and attention to detail they deserve. Spectrum has over two decades of experience mounting prints to the highest possible standards.

When choosing how to mount a photograph certain factors need to be considered, such as how long will it be displayed for or how it will be attached to the wall. We have a range of cost effective and practical mounting options to display your prints, but if you are at all unsure, just give us a call and we will help you choose the most appropriate style of mounting, with our skilled staff ensuring perfect results every time.


User Guide

Please note: all sizes are approximate. Your images will not be opened by us prior to their printing.

 

Uploading your files

The maximum uncompressed file size for upload to the online ordering service is 450 mb per file. 

Accepted file formats are JPEG and TIFF files (JPEG is recommended for quicker Internet transfer times). When using .jpeg files we recommend photoshop compression between 10-12 which will still give fast uploads with no loss of quality. For clients wishing to upload .tiff files please use 8 bit files and do not use LZW compression.

There are no limitations to the number of images you may upload, however it is recommended to divide large quantities into smaller portions in the event of any unforeseen network or Internet interruptions.

The time taken to upload your order will depend on your upload speed which is often much slower than your download speed. You should be able to leave your computer to do something else while your images continue to upload with out any problems. It may be necessary to check your computers energy saving features so it does not hibernate while uploading an order.

 

DPI

You can upload images saved at final print size at a resolution between 72 and 400 dpi. We recommend for good quality results a resolution of at least 150 dpi. Alternatively upload your image and then adjust the size to see the dpi change as you change the print size. Images with a resolution below 150dpi may be of poor quality.

 

What is the maximum print size that may be printed from my file?

Please enter your values into the calculator below:

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How large should my file be for my desired print size?

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Printing Techniques

When your file/s have been uploaded, we will read the print size that is embedded within the file, and you will be provided with the “Original from file” width and height. You may choose to edit this print size, however please be aware that you cannot change the images proportions and naturally, any edits to the prints size will result in a change in the images resolution.

You may also choose from a list of mounting and lamination options for your photo. Our system will automatically inform you if there are any conflicts with your desired selections. For more information – please see our price list.

 

Borders

To place a border on your images, simply choose between “within format (%)”, (which does not effect the photos finished print size), or “outside format (mm)”.

If you should choose to apply a border outside your images format, you can yourself control the final print size, which is optimal for situations such as eventual frame fitting, etc.

To reset your entered border values, simply choose the “no border” option, and start again.

You may easily control the colour of any border; white, black, or custom colours are all available. Customised colours may be applied by entering a hexadecimal RGB color code (i.e. #FFFFFF for white, or #000000 for black). Your custom coloured border will be color managed with the same colour profile as your image. For more info, please refer to “Colour Management”.

 

Mounting

Prints for Aluminium, Dibond and MDF mounting will be printed oversized by 4mm in height and width prior to printing, to allow for the trimming that occurs during the mounting and finishing process.

 

“Not Available” Notification

If it is not possible for our system to match your desired print size based on your files characteristics, to any of our applicable printing devices, you will be presented with a “not available” warning. This may be the result of several issues:

To low DPI – your uploaded file does not contain enough information for the desired print size. Solution: Increase the number of pixels contained within your image by using a photo management program and upload your image again.

To high DPI – your uploaded file contains too much information for the desired print size. This boundary is provided so that our system will not be overwhelmed with unnecessary information. Solution: Decrease the number of pixels contained within your image and upload your image again.

Desired print size is to large – it is possible with our system to print very large photos, however every printer has its maximum limitations. Solution: Control the maximum photo size within the price list.

 

Colour Management

Please ensure that your files are saved as an RGB tif or jpeg with an embedded profile (e.g. Adobe 1998, sRGB IEC61966-2.1, etc.). The system will detect any embedded profile and will handle the colour management accordingly. For greatest accuracy we recommend using standard colour space such as Adobe ’98 or sRGB. For further information on colour management and profiles please click here.

Customers who wish to view and adjust their images using Spectrum’s soft proof profiles should download the appropriate profile from the Softproof profiles section of our website and profile their images before uploading. Supplied files must be rasterized and flattened, without alpha channels and in 8-bit colour.

Files must be created within a proven ICC managed colour workflow system (Spectrum has tight linearization tolerances, but is not responsible for client colour management). If there is any doubt about your colour management set up we would encourage you to run test files first.

Your files will enter a fully colour managed workflow and will be printed using our custom printer profiles.

 

Payment

You can either pay on collection or by telephone but for the fastest service you can pay on line using our secure payment options powered by SagePay. We accept all major cards except American express.

 

Price Calculation

For complete pricing information and examples, please refer to our Pricing page.

Delivery Costs & Times (add to Turnaround Times)

24 Hour Tracked (prints only) Guaranteed next working day (Signed for) £6.50
Courier* (mounted work) Next working day between 9am-5pm (Signed for) £15.00
EU Recorded Delivery Up to 5 working days (Signed for) £15.00
International Recorded Delivery Up to 10 working days (Signed for) £20.00
Note: All prices are + VAT. *Courier price based upon one 30KG package, for larger orders please call 01273 769 782 for further information.

Our post is collected at 2pm Monday-Friday so please ensure urgent orders are uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out two working days later. Order placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by the postman the following day.

UK delivery is next day but this schedule will vary for more remote areas of the UK, offshore and international shipments. All items are thoroughly packaged to ensure they reach you in pristine condition.

 

Online Printing Turnaround Times

Our post is collected at 2pm Monday-Friday so please ensure urgent orders are uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out two working days later. Order placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by the postman the following day.

 

Studio Printing Turnaround Times

The lead time is between 2 – 7 working days – dependent on the level of service needed.

 

Mounting Turnaround Times (add to Print Times)

Card, PVC & Foamboard Mounting  Up to 7 days in lab
MDF, Aluminium, Dibond, Durospec Perspex Reverse  Up to 10 days in lab

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Why I Choose Spectrum

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Agnetha Sjogren

“When I look for a company to work with it’s with a view to building a strong business relationship and working together on a long term basis. I look for three things in the company I choose; competitive costs, safe and reliable delivery, and very important, good customer service. If two out of three of these are provided to a high standard then I am satisfied, but I’m happy to say that in Spectrum I’ve found all three. With such outstanding service it means that the competitive prices are a bonus – there really is no compromise.”

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