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Services: Giclée Fine Art Printing

Image © Peter Fraser, Courtesy of Peter Fraser and Tate St. Ives. Giclée Fine Art Printing by Genesis Imaging.

Image © Peter Fraser, Courtesy of Peter Fraser and Tate St. Ives. Giclée Fine Art Printing by Genesis Imaging.

Kodachrome Americana II © Gavin Mitchell, produced using Giclée Fine Art Printing and Bespoke Gallery Framing services by Genesis Imaging.

Kodachrome Americana II © Gavin Mitchell, produced using Giclée Fine Art Printing and Bespoke Gallery Framing services by Genesis Imaging.

'See No. Hear No. Speak No' Montage on Panel, produced as a Giclée Fine Art Print. From the series 'East Meets West' © Gavin Mitchell

'If Anyone Asks… ' Montage, produced as a Giclée Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, from the series 'Fourth Wall' © Gavin Mitchell

Combining our team’s extensive printing knowledge with investment in the highest quality technology, our Giclée Fine Art printing service offers the very best possible results for full colour or black and white photographs or artwork.

We produce Giclée Fine Art prints using the Epson Stylus Pro 11880; one of the finest large format professional printers available. Utilising Epson’s highly pigmented Ultrachrome ink, prints produced on the 11880 have the widest possible gamut and even subtle shadows and highlights are visible when printing in black and white.

What is Giclée Fine Art Printing?

The term ‘Giclée’ is derived from the French word, ‘gicler’, which literally translates as ‘to squirt’ or ‘spray’ (inspired by the way that the printer nozzle applies the ink pigments to the paper). The term ‘Giclée’ was coined to describe inkjet printing in the early nineties and has remained a description for inkjet printing ever since.

The term ‘Giclée Prints’ or ‘pigment prints’ (as they are also known) denote a print made from a digital file directly to paper using an inkjet printer as an output device. Whilst the term is broad, it has come to be associated with prints produced to fine art papers.

Our Giclée printing is archival grade, exceptional quality and offers an intense colour and vibrancy. We are able to offer Giclée Fine Art prints on archival papers in sizes up to 60 inches wide, and just about any length you desire.

Why Should I Choose Giclée Fine Art Prints?

Giclée Fine Art Printing offers vivid colours unparalleled by traditional photographic printing process, however, using the same Giclée printing process we are also able to produce exceptional true-tone black and white images.

The Epson Ultrachrome inks used for our our Giclée Fine Art prints are highly pigmented, light-fast to an exceptional standard and specially designed to be used with our high-grade archival papers.

We stock a wide selection of archival Hahnemühle and Somerset papers for Giclée Fine Art printing – each paper provides a different tactility, texture and effect to the final print. We can also print on a variety of other papers by request.

Exceptional quality materials twinned with our client-centric approach ensures that we give you the best results every step of the way.

What Our Clients Say About Our Giclée Fine Art Prints:

“I have worked with Creative Director Mark Foxwell at Genesis Imaging, making my large prints for nearly a decade. Genesis allows me to work directly with an expert printer, which means a great deal when only the best prints are acceptable for my exhibitions and the recent prints for my Tate St. Ives retrospective looked stunning.”

Peter Fraser, Photographer

“As a mixed media artist I am never sure from one project to the next what my challenges will be. I am always trying to push boundaries and the Genesis team are always there to listen, understand and most importantly, deliver. My most recent work, one-off and limited edition Giclée prints, needed to be produced in line with the high expectations demanded by corporate and private clients along with my London gallery. Needless to say I can always rely on the support of Genesis to assist me in producing my artwork at a consistently high level.”

Gavin Mitchell, Artist

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FAQ expand all

What's the difference between a 'Pigment' print and a 'Giclée' print?

Both ‘pigment print’ and ‘Giclee print’ terms denote a print made from a digital file directly to paper using an inkjet printer as an output device. Whilst the term is broad, it has come to be associated with prints produced to fine art papers.

Read more about Giclée & Pigment prints

What is the difference between a Lambda C-type print and a Giclée Fine Art print?

Both Lambda and Giclée prints are brilliant photographic prints and both are produced by the digital process. Lambda c-type prints have the tactile look and feel of a traditional photograph while our Giclée prints can be produced on a diverse range of tactile coated or uncoated papers. Our Durst Lambda printer uses lasers (RGB – Red, Green and Blue) to expose photographic material, whereas the Giclée process physically lays ink on  paper or canvas. Both our Lambda and Giclée prints are produced on archival quality papers. The real differences boil down to individual preferences; it’s all about the “look and feel” of the final print and whether it conveys the image as you want it. Unfortunately, the real differences cannot be shown on a website, but our team are happy to explain the process in more detail and show you examples – please contact us to arrange your visit.

What is your turnaround time for Giclée Fine Art prints?

As with our all of our printing services, we aim to turnaround print orders within 48 hours, but can often accommodate quicker turnaround times where possible. Please speak to us to confirm turnaround times on large print orders.

How do I send you my files, negatives or transparencies?

We’ve made it as easy as possible to upload your digital files to us and have provided you with several options – simply choose which one suits you best.You have the option to use our upload form, Email us, or send your files by Hightail, or FTP.

After you have sent your digital files and details to us you will need to contact us to arrange payment and confirm your order details. We will not proceed until we have been contacted by you.

Of course, if you would rather provide your files on a CD, DVD or memory stick or have negatives or transparencies to produce prints from, you can send these to us at:

Genesis Imaging

Unit 1 Hurlingham Business Park,

Sulivan Road,

Fulham,

London,

SW6 3DU

or drop off your files in person, we even have free off street parking.

Which colour profile should my work be saved as?

Our preferred choice of colour profile for the best possible photographic printing with our very carefully controlled ICC workflow is Adobe RGB (1998), although we do accept files in other colour profiles- if in doubt, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 020 7384 6200.

Which file format should my images be in?

File Formats As a general guide for colour prints on either our Giclée or Lambda printers, your images should be in RGB, any layers flattened and preferably saved as a Tiff file (.tif) with LZW compression. This will maximize the quality of your image and also keep the file size down. Other file formats are acceptable such as a layered tiff or photoshop document (.psd) but these will have an inherently larger file size. Jpegs (.jpg) are fine for smaller prints but because of their image lossy nature it is not recommended that you save any files in this format. Images shot as in-camera Jpegs are once again mostly suited to small to medium prints. Naturally we are also happy to accept RAW camera files. Once again, please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions about file formats for photographic prints. 

How do I know if my file is the correct size for the print I require?

We check all files prior to printing and will call you should we notice any loss of quality at the print size you require. 

 As a rule of thumb – the larger the print size required, the larger the file size must be. There is however some leeway with the image resolution or dpi and how our Giclée or Lambdaprinters deal with this. For instance: if your image file is approximately 20MB at 400 dpi it will make an excellent print at A5 size. The same 20MB file will still make an excellent 10×8″ print at 300 dpi, and a very good 16×12″ print at 200 dpi. If you are in any doubt, go for a higher resolution for the print size required. Please contact us if you need any further assistance with file sizes for photographic prints. 

Photographic Size Information

We know that some people like to talk in inches, others in millimetres and others in A sizes. So just in case you need a reminder of the measurements of each and how they relate to each other, here they are:

A Sizes Inches Millimetres
6 x 4 152 x 102
7 x 5 178 x 127
8 x 6 203 x 152
A5 8¼ x 5⅞ 210 x 148
10 x 8 254 x 203
A4 11¾ x 8¼ 297 x 210
12 x 10 305 x 254
14 x 11 355 x 279
16 x 12 406 x 305
A3 16½ x 11¾ 420 x 297
20 x 16 508 x 406
A2 23½ x 16½ 594 x 420
24 x 20 609 x 508
30 x 20 762 x 508
A1 33 x 23½ 841 x 594
36 x 24 914 x 609
40 x 30 1016 x 762
A0 47 x 33 1189 x 841
48 x 36 1219 x 914
60 x 40 1524 x 1016
72 x 48 1829 x 1219
84 x 48 2134 x 1219
96 x 48 2438 x 1219

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