1. Printing

What do you print, and what don’t you print?
We specialise in archival pigment printing / fine art printing / giclée printing. We create high quality, archival prints of artworks and photographs that are typically framed once printed. 
We don't print stationery (business cards, fliers, stickers, invites), posters, books, magazines, zines, C-Type prints, risograph prints or screen prints.  If you are after any of these services, we can direct you to other local businesses who can help.

What is a giclée print?
‘Giclée’ is a somewhat outdated term – the process and product is better summarised by ‘fine art printing’ or ‘archival pigment printing’. Regardless, it all refers to the practice of creating museum-grade prints through digital printing with aqueous inks onto archival media. The process uses specific equipment and inks that offer a much wider colour gamut than commercial printing methods, making it the ideal print process for art reproductions. 

How large can you print?
Our workhorses are Epson large format printers: a 44” 9070 and a 64” 20070 .  We can print up to 64” wide (on select papers only) and have no issues printing up to a few metres long. But the length that we can safely print depends on the artwork and the file we're working from. If you have a large piece to print, get in touch with all the details and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

What is your printing turnaround time?
Typically within a week, but large jobs may take up to three weeks. It really depends on the complexity and volume of your job, as well as the other jobs in the queue at the time. If you have a hard deadline, let us know - we’ll do our very best to accommodate your desired timing.

What if I need my order urgently?
We understand that last-minute opportunities do arise, so if it’s urgent, you can opt for our rush job service with a 50% surcharge. Rush orders don’t bump other orders in the queue; instead, we work overtime to ensure your job is completed on time.  It’s also important to note that rush order acceptance is not guaranteed; acceptance is dependent on the scope of your request and our workload at the time.

Can you print metallics?True metallics cannot be printed by our process. Our printers do a good job at matching a metallic colour, but the inks we use lack the luminescence of a true metallic. If you want a metallic finish, we recommend hand-finishing your fine art prints with a metallic paint, ink or leaf.

What papers do you print on?
We are Hahnemühle die-hards and stock nine of their papers as our permanent range. In our many years of printing, we’ve found that nothing else compares to the consistency and quality that Hahnemühle papers offer. Additionally, we offer a variety of papers from Canson, which are available on a special-order basis.
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