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Fine Art Giclée Printing

Why choose Fine Art Giclée Printing?

Opting for Giclée allows you to print on a wider range of papers than the C-Type option, meaning you can use the paper as an extension of the creative process.

Whether you are looking for a smooth, textured or heavyweight finish, in cool or warm tones, each option gives a different feel to your image.

We use professional, fade-resistant Epson Ultrachrome HDX inks and a range of high quality Giclée papers, resulting in beautiful, fully archival prints with incredibly fine detail.

As a Hahnemühle-certified lab we offer several of their papers, ideal for Giclée printing, as well as options from Ilford and Innova.

Benefits of Giclée printing

  • Priced by the mm
  • Fully automated and easy to use ordering system
  • Fast turnaround
  • Various mounting options
  • Colour managed workflow
  • Sustainable Giclée papers available

Giclée products

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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.

NEW Hahnemühle Hemp 290gsm

This ink jet media is made of 60% hemp fibre and, thanks to the bright white colour of the fibre, no optical brighteners are required. The lightly textured surface gives the paper a pleasant, silky feel.  Colours and details are brilliantly reproduced, the depth of the black truly stands out and contrasts are reproduced with stunning effect.

NEW Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm

70% of this unique, environmentally-friendly inkjet paper is made from sisal fibres. The rough, yet delicately defined surface texture gives the subject a captivating sense of depth.   A premium coating guarantees outstanding print results with excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep black and optimum contrasts.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm

A popular paper for re-producing high quality for graphic, illustrations and fine art images. This Giclée paper type has a fibrous finish, much like a smooth watercolour paper.

Hahnemühle German Etch 310gsm

This heavyweight paper with a fibrous finish is perfect for re-producing watercolour and ink re-productions.

Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

The first ink jet paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton. This warm base paper has a smooth surface texture, which is perfect for matt warm tone black and white images.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm

This coated paper type reproduces impressive pictorial depth and is ideal for punchy black and white images. We would also recommend this paper type as digital alternative to the traditional Baryta prints.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Pearl 320gsm

This coated paper type has a warm base white and is recommend for warm tone black and white images and another great digital alternative to warm tone traditional Baryta

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic 340gsm – studio printing only

This is a silvery-shimmering fine art inkjet paper with a specially formulated inkjet coating. The natural white cotton paper contains no optical brighteners and has the characteristic Photo Rag® surface structure and sumptuous feel.

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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.

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INNOVA offers a range of acid free, fine art inkjet papers featuring a premium matte inkjet coating.

INNOVA White Matte 285gsm

Our most popular paper among illustrators. This ultra-smooth matt paper features brilliant whites, perfect for vibrant reproductions.

Fotospeed utilised its wealth of expertise and understanding of image making to engineer and develop a comprehensive range of exceptional digital inkjet papers, inks and accessories.

Fotospeed Matt Ultra 240gsm

Matt Ultra is our economy paper. This matt paper features a bright white base and smooth finish which is ideal for reproducing text and images for short term display.

Hahnemühle certified

A Hahnemühle ‘certified studio’ is a print studio capable of creating digital fine art prints consistently and predictably on Hahnemühle 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 it recommends Spectrum as a print service provider.

Fine art Giclée printing process

Our pigment ink prints are produced using Epson UltraChrome HDX inks for a wide range of vivid colours, deep, rich blacks and dense shadowed areas 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″ Epson SC9000 printers. We print to a selection of Hahnemühle, INNOVA and Ilford papers.

Fine art Giclée technical specifications

  • Printer: Epson SC9000
  • Multi colour Ultrachrome HDX inks
  • Maximum Print size: 1,100 mm x 2,500 mm
  • Optimum input resolution: 200-300 dpi
  • Output resolution: up to 1,440 dpi variable-sized droplet technology
  • Life expectancy: up to 60 years on display – more than 100 years in controlled storage

'Quality is crucial to the work we do at STANLEY/BARKER, and so we have worked with Spectrum to produce a series of special artist edition prints for photographers such as Christopher Anderson, Tod Papageorge and Mark Steinmetz, all of which have been exceptional quality. It is a wonderful experience to work with Spectrum, they are always professional, friendly and consistent in the standard of their work. We hope to continue our relationship with them for as long as possible!'

Rachel at STANLEY/BARKER

How big can I print?

The largest C-Type print width we can offer is 1,220mm.

The largest Giclée print we can offer is 1,100mm.

If you have not ordered with Spectrum before and are unfamiliar with our ICC profiles and print set-up we would recommend testing a section of your image at full size before coming to a large print.

You can see more about our calibration and download ICC profiles here.

You can see more about monitor calibration here.

What is the best paper for black & white images?

There is no right answer to this question as paper choice is subjective but we would recommend one of the following papers for the best results when printing black and white images.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag (Giclée)

This is one of the world’s most popular papers and the valued all-rounder for high-quality fine art pigment printing. This paper produces deep blacks, striking contrasts and perfect reproduction of detail and is designed for fine art photographic and art reproductions.

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl (Giclée)

The acid and lignin-free nature of this paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is ideal for printing high-quality black and white.

Ilford Smooth Pearl (Giclée)

This high-density, resin coated heavyweight base and smooth pearl finish eliminates glare and with its natural photographic white tint, produces prints with the true look and feel of a photograph.

How much will my prints cost to ship?

All print orders that can be wrapped in standard packaging are shipped via Royal Mail. For prints over 800mm on the shortest length we would recommend a courier service.

Packaging and delivery charges for mounted orders are calculated per order and are determined by the size and the individual delivery requirements for the order. The standard Online Ordering Service overnight delivery charge is £6.50 + VAT for P&P.

Discover more about our specific shipping cost turnaround times.