Artwork Copying Service
We are able to create digital files from your artwork that can then be used to create Giclée Fine Art prints or files for web use. In order for us to create the best quality files that have the greatest match for colour and density to your original you will need to leave any artwork with us for approximately 4 days. We will then, within the constraints of paper & ink limitations, create files that will be suitable for printing at original size.
Each painting is assessed prior to photographing so that we use the best possible lighting setup to eliminate any glare and shadows due to varnish/paint hot spots or highly textures areas. Obviously there are often times when having some small shadows are desirable as they will give the feeling of surface relief on the final print. This is always done on an individual basis as when assessing shadows, it is not a ‘one size fits all’ scenario.
Please be aware that even though we will create the best match we can, it is virtually impossible to obtain a 100% accurate match, no matter how a painting is copied or how it is printed. There will always be some sort of trade off with one colour or another in a painting.
Points To Bear In Mind
- Is the painting varnished – If it is heavily varnished so that the surface has a high glossy coating, the end result will not be as good as if the same painting were unvarnished so if you have not finished the painting yet and intend applying a GLOSS varnish please let us copy it before you varnish. If however, you are using a matte varnish, the copy should be good even after varnishing.
- Can we keep the original for 4 days – If YES, then all is good. If NO, we can still create the digital files and you would be able to collect the original the following day but we will not guarantee that the final files/prints will be a close match to your original and as such if you opt to not leave the original, any reprinting due to you not liking the end result will be chargeable.
- What size prints do you want? – The files that we create will usually be capable of printing at the same size as the original but please don’t think that you MUST have the same size, You can have whatever size you wish(within reason) but unless you don’t mind the image being cropped in some way, you will have to have prints made in the same proportions as the original. For example, if your original is 20″ x 16″ you could have prints made at 20″ x 16″, 15″ x 12″, 10″ x 8″ or 7.5″ x 6″ as these are all the same proportions at the original. We will advise you at point of order.
- Do you prints have mounts? – If they have a bevel edge mount, it is desirable to remove it before bringing it in for copying. If it is impossible to remove a mount we can still copy the painting but you will lose about 0.25″ on each side as we are unable to copy up to the mount.
To create a high resolution file from your artwork costs £5.00 per different original. Should you require a proof print before committing to a print run, we can supply at any size and this print will be charged at 50% of the normal 1 off price. Please note that any proof prints will have ‘Artist’s Proof’ in the bottom right corner of the print, on top of the image.