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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


Our Giclée Fine Art printing service offers premium results for full-colour or black and white photographs or artwork.

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


What is Giclée Fine Art Printing?

The word ‘Giclée’ was coined in the 1990’s and 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 terms ‘Giclée Prints’ or ‘pigment prints’ refer to a print made using an inkjet printer as an output device.

Our Giclée Fine Art printing is archival grade and offers an intense colour and vibrancy. Giclée prints are available 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 Printing offers vivid colours unparalleled by traditional photographic printing process and true-tone for black and white images. The Epson Ultrachrome inks we use are specially designed to be used with our high-grade archival papers and produce highly pigmented and light fast Giclée prints. We stock a wide selection of archival Hahnemühle and Somerset papers, providing a range of effects through different tactility and textures.

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


Which Giclée Fine Art Papers Do You Print On?

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 and the papers are available in varying widths. Please call to confirm we can print your image using the papers below at the size you require. We can also print on a variety of other papers by request.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper – German Etching® Matt Fine Art Textured Paper – max width 44″

Hahnemühle’s German Etching® is a white 100% a-cellulose paper – guaranteeing archival standards. The mould-made, heavyweight 310gsm paper features a premium matt inkjet coating, meeting the highest industry standards for density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness. Compatible with pigmented and dye inkjet systems, and printed using the highest quality Epson K4 pigment inks.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper – Museum Etching® – max width 44″

Hahnemühle’s Museum Etching® is a white 100% cotton paper – guaranteeing archival standards. This heavyweight 350gsm etching paper features a premium matt inkjet coating, meeting the highest industry standards for density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness. Compatible with pigmented and dye inkjet systems, and printed using the highest quality Epson K4 pigment inks.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper – Photo Rag Smooth® – max width 64″

Hahnemühle’s Photo Rag Smooth® is a white 100% cotton paper – guaranteeing archival standards. This heavyweight 308gsm paper features a premium matt inkjet coating, meeting the highest industry standards for density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness. Compatible with pigmented and dye inkjet systems, and printed using the highest quality Epson K4 pigment inks.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper – Fine Art Baryta – max width 60″

Hahnemühle’s Fine Art Baryta paper is a white 325gsm 100% a-cellulose paper with a high-gloss finish. The barium inkjet coating ensures this paper is a genuine replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analogue laboratories. FineArt Baryta meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness. Compatible with pigmented and dye inkjet systems, and printed using the highest quality Epson K4 pigment inks.

Canson Platine Paper – Fibre Rag – max width 60″

Canson’s Platine Fibre Rag Paper is a white 100% cotton, heavyweight 310gsm smooth satin paper with high water resistance. Platine Fibre Rag provides the aesthetic and feel of the original F-Type Baryta Fibre paper and possesses exceptional grey tones, producing exceptional colour and black and white prints. Canson’s Platine Fibre Rag Paper meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness. Compatible with pigmented and dye inkjet systems, and printed using the highest quality Epson K4 pigment inks.


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What widths are your Giclée papers available in?

Our Giclée fine art prints come in maximum widths, depending on your chosen paper type. The following is a guide to maximum sizes of our most popular papers:

Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper:

German Etching® Matt Fine Art Textured Paper: max width 44”

Fine Art Baryta: max width 60”

Photo Rag Smooth®: max width 64”

Canson Fine Art Paper:

Canson Platine Paper – Fibre Rag: max width 60″

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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