A one-of-a-kind printer, we offer free 15 minute consultations, artist resources, gallery submission services and over 20 years experience in colour printing, graphic design, and photography. We specialize in giclee reproductions on museum grade papers and canvases, as well as critical colour greeting cards & note cards. We stand by our professional print proofing and file management system for guaranteed reprint matching for years to come. We also offer professional capture and scanning services achieving superior colour accuracy, tonal control, dynamic range, and rendering of fine detail.
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We are often asked by our customers the best way to package their prints for shipping, it's so important to take care so that the item arrives safe and sound. We can never be certain that the parcel will be handled carefully during it's journey (as much as we [...]
Where can I get copyright-free images for reference? Often as an artist you need images to incorporate into your artwork either as reference, part of a collage, or some other element. But, as an artist, you also know that you don't want to infringe on anyone's copyright by downloading [...]
If you have created your art digitally or have high quality photo's of your hand crafted masterpiece, share it with us with the greatest of ease, following these handy tips! If you're visiting us in person, bring your files along on a memory stick or DVD. High quality image [...]
We are very critical when it comes to colour matching our prints to the original artwork or image files, so proofing is the foundation for achieving great results. Our repeat clients love our attention to detail and know the process from submitting artwork through to receiving the final product, [...]
An instant connection to a whole world of potential admirers Instagram is an increasingly popular on-line community built around an "as-it-happens" stream of photos (short videos now too). Members upload their photos and add a short description that often includes hashtags - a word or phrase beginning with the # [...]
Are you storing your image files as JPEGS? If so, you may inadvertently be losing clarity and detail over time, compromising print quality. It is a surprisingly little know fact that JPEGS are NOT a particularly great way to store your artwork files. For anyone who edits their own artwork images, [...]
Why Varnish? Varnishing art can be a bit intimidating. You don't want to damage your painting or drawing by coating it so you may be tempted not to varnish at all! Many people wonder if it is even necessary. Here's why we think it is! Coating your Originals: Oil [...]
Is scanning or photographing artwork better for reproductions? You want to make your painting or drawing into a full size reproduction, or maybe made into art cards. How do you know if you should get your artwork scanned or get it captured (digitally photographed)? Scanning: Scanning provides much higher resolution images [...]
What is giclee? Although originally devised in America, the term “Giclée” derives from the French verb “to spray” and refers to ink being sprayed onto paper. We use the term to denote a high quality ink jet print. Art Ink's giclee printers differ from your home printer in that [...]
Perhaps you have heard of CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens). This professional organization for visual artists is a well respected voice for artists. But have you heard of CARFAC's related organization CARCC? CARCC (Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective) licenses and administers copyright for visual and media artists in Canada. Here's [...]
File Naming Conventions If you've ever struggled to find an image you need and gotten lost in endless folders in your computer you will understand the importance of having a system to organize your files. A file naming convention will make it easy to use your computer's search function [...]
We often have artists ask us how much they should price their prints for, which usually leads to a larger discussion of how much to charge for their originals in relation to prints and giclees. While there are no hard and fast rules, it is a good idea to [...]
Want to try creating your own digital files for art cards and press prints? Here is what you need to know to photograph artwork and get good results. Camera Settings If you have a RAW setting on your camera, use it. If not, put your camera on its highest quality [...]
An email newsletter is a great way to let people know about your upcoming shows and the fabulous new works of art you've created. Our clients who send out newsletters tell us that they never fail to make sales when a newsletter goes out. Your fans WANT to hear [...]
Thinking of presenting your prints pre-matted and ready for framing? Here are some things to consider: - If you have your pieces pre-matted and can tell potential customers that they fit into a standard-sized frame, you have a great selling point. Pre-made frames will save time and money when [...]
CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens) is your voice if you are a visual artist. CARFAC works to protect the economic and legal rights of artists across the country. BC CARFAC was recently in the news for the open letter that Julie McIntyre, the BC representative, wrote [...]
Glass can be a basic affair or it can go high tech (with a higher price to match). The main things to consider when choosing glass for a specific project are reflection, UV protection and safety. Regular glass - standard glass is readily available and the least expensive option [...]