Fine Art Printing Information

Giclee Fine Art prints (pronounced ‘gee-clay) are extremely high quality, archival grade digital prints that use an ultra fine inkjet printing process to produce superb quality prints unparalleled vibrancy and detail that literally last well over a life time. Giclee printing is widely regarded as one of the very best photographic and fine art printing methods and has become extremely popular with artists and photographers displaying their images in art galleries, museums and exhibitions.

The word ‘Giclee’ comes from the French verb ‘to spray’ referring to the process in which archival UV–resistant pigment inks are laid down onto fine art and photo-base papers and canvas.

PAPER TYPES

We stock a variety of papers to suit your likes and subject matter. From Ilford, Kodak, Canson and Hahnemuhle. View more information on our Fine Art Prints Page.

INK

Epsons Ultrachrome K3 inks are pigment based. They offer strong deep blacks, rich shadow detail and a broad smooth colour gamut, allowing for prints of tremendous impact. Independent print permanence tests indicate the lifespan of these inks when used on high quality papers as over 100 years before visible fading occurs.

PRINTER

We print on our EPSON Surecolour P20070 printer with top of the range SERENDIPITY MEGARIP and expertly profiled by Les Walking ensuring consistency and quality every time. The 9 colour Epson UltraChrome K3 archival pigment ink system has the broadest colour gamut in its class. We can print to a maximum image width of 60 inch by any length at the highest 2880dpi resolution. The EPSON Surecolour P20070 can print on all types of media with clarity, colour balance and precision.

NOTE ON GICLEE FINE ART PRINTING

We recommend all prints be sprayed with a surface protection spray. We can also spray-laminate the finished print using a highly flexible protective coating. The laminate is waterbased, UV Blocked, scratch resistant, antifungal and ultra clear. Prism Imaging accepts no responsibility for prints damaged after they leave the premises.

Feel free to pop in store to view paper samples or email us to request a sample pack.

Giclee Fine Art Printing

We have divided our paper selection into groups as follows

GROUP A

Kodak Premium Lustre Paper (250gsm)

A general-purpose lustre surface similar to the photographic E surface paper with a pearl finish.
This is a basic standard for commercial prints and posters.
Please note this paper is not archival

 

GROUP B

Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl (310gsm)

A smooth pearl paper with a superb photographic image quality, consistent with the look and feel of a real photograph

Ilford Fine Art Smooth Pearl (270gsm)

A matte paper stock. Excellent paper if you like the quality and features of our Group C papers but with a more affordable price point. 

Ilford Fine Art Smooth (200gsm)

A smooth matte 100% cotton rag paper.

Excellent paper if you like the quality and features of our Group D papers but with a more affordable price point. 

 

GROUP C

Ilford Gold Fibre Gloss (310gsm)

A beautiful 100% cotton paper similar to the old fibre based darkroom papers.

It has gentle warm tone and sheen.

Ilford Gold Fibre Pearl (290gsm)

Gold Fibre Pearl features a true baryta (barium sulphate) coating with less sheen to the Gold Fibre Gloss.

Canson Baryta (310gsm)

Museum grade baryta photo paper has the same barium sulphate coating as traditional silver halide paper but with a premium inkjet colour receiver layer.

Canson Platine Fibre Rag (310gsm)

Setting the benchmark for Digital Darkroom papers, Platine Fibre Rag provides the aesthetic and feel of the original F-Type Baryta Fibre paper, excellent for grey tones, B&W work and colour.

A longstanding favourite of ours at Prism!

Ilford Metallic Gloss (260gsm)

This stunning paper has an iridium finish giving every image a three-dimensional look and feel. Although the media adds an additional creative angle to portrait and studio photography, it also lends itself perfectly to enhancing mechanical, industrial or architectural images.

 

GROUP D

Museo Portfolio Rag (300gsm)

A smooth matte 100% cotton rag. A popular fine art paper for exhibition and portfolio prints, with exceptional tonal range on a smooth surface that will not detract from your photographic images. It has a natural creamy white hue.

Ilford Smooth Rag (310gsm)

A super smooth matte 100% cotton rag paper with no optical brighteners.

Excellent for bold illustration works. It has a natural bright white hue.

Canson Photographique Rag (310gsm)

This paper type offers an exceptional smooth white tone, achieved by introducing natural minerals during the manufacturing process.

 It offers a unique extra smooth surface with a sensual feel.

Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper (310gsm)

This mould-made heavy weight paper features a distinct textured surface. Perfect for images that have texture in the subject matter, illustrations and artworks.

Canson PrintMaKing Rag
(Formally BFK, 310gsm)

A beautiful textured rag paper, less textured compared to the German Etching.

 It has a unique pure white tone obtained without the use of optical brighteners.

Ilford Galerie Cotton Artist Textured (310gsm)

Cotton Artist Textured is a mould – made 100% Cotton rag paper. The coarse structured surface allows for a beautiful traditional watercolour look and feel, whilst still reproducing pin-sharp details and colour consistency.

Ilford Cotton Medina (320gsm)

A NEW addition to Ilford’s range.

Similar to the German etching, with an even heavier inconsistent styled texture 

Canson ProCanvas (395gsm)

A natural white canvas that produces vivid colours, precise gradations and deep blacks. High end quality and free of optical brighteners, ProCanvas offers exceptional colour stability over time and resistance to ageing. Comes in a matte or Lustre finish.

 

Photo Tex

Phototex is an extremely versatile material that can be adhered to walls, ceilings, and doors. Because Phototex can be re-positioned and reused over and over, you don’t have to worry about getting it right first time, simply peel off and start again.

Suitable for both indoors and outdoors use, Phototex is a great option for displaying attractive murals, family shots or wedding photos whatever the temperature, moisture or weather conditions. It leaves no sticky residue when removed and is 100% non-toxic, safe and biodegradable.

Phototex prints have a wonderful woven texture with a lustre finish. They can even be mounted around corners for a superb impact; a dream product for interior designers.

Why not bring your favourite landscape home with you? To order a Phototex Print simply go to our uploads section in the menu and upload your photo.

Phototex

Torn Edge Prints

Give your prints a unique, textured look with our beautiful torn edge prints.

Also known as deckle edging, this technique gives your images a vintage feel that is perfect for everything from wedding photos to art reproductions. We print your images onto fine art paper before carefully applying the deckled edging for a distinct, hand-crafted finish.

Torn edge prints can be ordered in any size and include a custom white border. You can order as many or as few as you like, so why not try them today? Visit our Uploads page to upload your images and choose your size.

Box Brownie Collection

Prism’s newest addition “The Box Brownie Collection” is a unique box-set design with two printed styles to choose from. Our archival and handmade boxes feature an image of your choice from your folio. Unique, personalised text can be added to further enhance this gorgeous product.

The custom rough edging in the ‘Torn’ collection adds a natural and textured feel to your fine art prints. This delicate detail complements your captured memories, and is completed with a 100% cotton ribbon and gloves for handling. Our Torn collection comes in both 8×12 and 11×14 sizes and includes eight fine art prints.

Our ‘Mounted’ collection includes six fine art prints, all finished with acid-free mount board and backing. The print size is 5×7 and the outer edge is sized to 8×12, so it can be conveniently framed if you choose. A classic look with a handcrafted edge, complete with a 100% cotton ribbon and gloves for handling.

It’s easy to create your collection, simply send us your files and we’ll do the sizing.