Giclee printing (archival pigment printing) | Hound & Bone

Archival pigment printing

(aka Giclee printing)

Giclee printing is a somewhat misunderstood term. Technically, it refers to the process of printing using an inkjet printer.

We often use the phrases ‘archival pigment printing’ or ‘fine art printing’ instead of ‘giclee printing’ because we feel they better communicates the quality of the final product that we are able to offer you. This is especially relevant because in regards to giclee printing, it is the materials and equipment that really make the difference – and we use the very best we can lay our hands on.

Our workhorse is an Epson 9900 and we use top of the line Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, which provide the widest colour gamut possible in inkjet printing. These are the industry standard when it comes to giclee printing. We also use ICC profiles created by Les Walkling that are customised to the papers we print on – a selection of our favourite papers from both the Hahnemühle and Canson brands. Both companies are known for their high end archival fine art papers. These factors (partnered with our knowledge of the many quirks of the 9900!) give us the ability to produce fine art prints with an exceptional colour gamut, so your printed product will have all the tonalities and hues of the original artwork.

It is handy to bear in mind that the quality of the final print is largely dependent on the file we will be working from, so if you have any questions about how to best prepare your work for print don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are an artist who works on paper or other flat media, we can take the hard work out of file creation for you with our art reproduction service. We are also always, always happy to chat with you about how you can get the best results using the equipment and resources you have available to you.

Sheet printing refers printing on pre-cut sheets. Available sheet sizes are A5 through to A2. A1 and A0 are printed from a roll – see the ‘Roll printing’ tab. Each sheet print is individually sleeved in a complimentary polypropylene archival sleeve.

 

Sheet prints

*A5 prints must be purchased in multiples of two.

Check out our file set-up info for important info about file set-up for sheet prints – a $2.50 file prep fee will apply if the files require sizing or preparation for printing.

wdt_ID Size Price
1 A5* $7.50 ea
2 A4 $15.00 ea
3 A3 $30.00 ea
4 A2 $55.00 ea

Roll printing gives you the freedom to print your images at custom sizes. Paper rolls come in two widths, 61cm (24”) and 111cm (44”), and can be printed as long as you like. This is also a cost effective means of printing multiple images, as you can tile them out onto a long length of paper and have them trimmed to size.

You only ever pay for the exact amount of paper you need  – we charge roll usage per centimetre rather than in larger, standardised increments. This not only saves you money, but also results in far less paper wastage.

 

Roll printing (for custom sizes or full bleed A-series prints)
– includes all layout & trimming labour.

We tile out all of your images for you, which allows us to make the most efficient use of the roll width. We also hand-trim each print down to final size. These services are included in the roll print price.

wdt_ID Roll width Price per centimetre
1 61cm roll $1.40
2 112cm roll $2.25

 

Common roll print sizes

Sizes marked with an asterisk* must be ordered in multiples of two for this price to apply.

 

Size wdt_ID Price per print
*A4 (full bleed) 1 $14.60
*A3 (full bleed) 2 $29.40
A2 (full bleed) 3 $58.80
A1 4 $95.00
A0 5 $240.00
16 x 20" 7 $57.40
20 x 24" 8 $71.40

Test prints

Test prints are advised if you are printing with us for the first time or considering placing an order for a very large print, or a large volume of prints. A test print is also useful if you are concerned about how a particular image’s colour will translate from screen to print.

Test prints are offered as A4 prints for the discounted price of $7.50 and can be printed on any paper of your choice. Additional paper choices can be added for the further discounted fee of $5.00 (with a maximum of three paper choices per test print order).

Should you want to arrange a test print, drop us a line!

Volume discounts (sheet prints only)

Discounts apply for multiple prints from the same file (e.g. 3 prints of the same size, from the same file).

wdt_ID Quantity (per file) Discount rate
1 3 + 3%
2 5 + 5%
3 10 + 10%
4 15 + 15%