Make an impact with professional fine art printing
We know it's the small details that really count - so we've put together a team of the most experienced printmakers and technicians in the country to provide Silkscreen, Giclée and Photographic printing services for artists and photographers interested in creating professional, gallery quality limited editions or even one-offs, whether for an upcoming exhibition, new commission or simply to build your portfolio.
The process of creating a silkscreen or serigraph print, although extremely rewarding can be a messy and labour intensive affair. We aim to take the hassle out of producing gallery quality print runs, saving you time and ultimately enabling you to concentrate on bigger and better things.
We work with some very serious and experienced printers who have produced prints for some top artists including D*Face and even corporate clients like Rockstar Games and know how to finish a print to the very highest standard.
Our printers can help you transform your artwork into a professional fine art silkscreen print - offering an additional artworking service (if required) to re-touch your artwork and make your design print-ready, as well as helping to select Pantone colours to match your artwork and desired finish.
Silkscreen printing can also be used in combination with digital Giclée prints and is a great way to enhance a piece and add an extra special touch with finishes such as glitter or varnish.
Whether it's selecting the right paper and finish to mixing bespoke metallic or fluro inks, we've got you covered!
The cost of printing can vary greatly depending on complexity and the requirements of the individual project (be it paper type, size, number of prints you require and total number of colours).
Contact us to discuss your project in further detail and we’ll work with you to create a custom quote.
* Screen set-up is priced at £35 per screen (up to A2) and £75 over this (up to A0 size). This includes all acetate preparation, coatings and production of the screen.
* Artworking is charged at £55 per hour and covers any digital image manipulation or scanning of your design, re-touching as well as colour separation to make your artwork print-ready. Files should otherwise be provided as a layered digital file.
- Once we’ve assessed the files or artwork that you provide us, we'll be able to give you an estimate with a detailed breakdown of costs. We’ll contact you to go over the details and send you out a sample pack of paper-types to choose from (to get a better idea of colour and texture), after which you select your desired paper and agree on exact Pantone (or spot) colours as well as the size of the run.
- Once you have approved the estimate and given the go ahead, at that point before we proceed in creating any proofs we will require a deposit to cover the costs of creating the screens and any artworking required.
- Artwork is then printed according to colour-channels (or layers) onto 300 micron acetate using special UV inks, and these transparencies will be used to create the screens.
- We’ll then create full-colour proofs for you to inspect and approve or request amends, before the final payment for completion and delivery of the finished edition.
* Turnaround is usually around one week for the proofs and another five working days for the final run. Of course if you do have a specific deadline we will endeavour to meet it.
Give us a call today and let us know how we can help with your project.
Giclée (pronounced "gee-clay"), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning "to squirt or spray".
Giclée fine art prints are popular with fine artists and are the preferred choice particularly of illustrators and painters who need to transfer their work onto a print medium while maintaining the artwork's original character.
It's an established fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper in order to achieve prints of superior archival quality.
Pairing both the recent technological advancements in inkjet technologies and the latest professional inkjet printers along with our range of high-quality fine art papers, our Giclée prints combine the benefits of digital control applied to a traditional material, allowing for the creation of prints with a variation in style, superb colour management and incredibly sharp image detail.
As always at Eight, we have hand-picked the highest quality archival papers from Hahnemühle, Somerset, and Canson, all of which have been rigorously tried and tested for optimal colour, density, and tonal fidelity. Our papers come in a range of textures and finishes, from flat matts to smooth and rich gloss and Baryta.
Our Giclée prints are created using an Epson 9880 with Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, which with an 8 channel print head is capable of producing an extremely wide tonal range and colour gamut.
We work with specialist Giclée printers and have dedicated project managers on hand who can assist you with fine tuning your prints to get them looking perfect every time. If required, we can also arrange for you to work on a one to one basis with our expert technicians to get exactly the results you're after.
* PLEASE NOTE we do not trim Giclée prints above 44” along the longest length to keep the print as untouched as possible unless specifically requested.
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Photographic C-Type printing
Ideal for either personal or exhibition printing and lauded by professional photographers and artists alike for it's ability to produce both stunning colour and dramatic black and white prints, C-Type printing involves digitally exposing the image directly onto a special light sensitive paper before finishing with a traditional photographic darkroom process (not to be confused with the high-res digital ink-jet printing of a Giclée, which doesn't involve any chemistry or light sensitivity).
Our C-Type prints are produced using RGB lasers (as opposed to inferior LEDs), which creates a much sharper, high quality, true photographic print. All our C-Types are made using a specially selected range of professional Fuji Crystal Archive and Kodak Endura photographic papers, including classic semi-matt, gloss, pure-matt velvet and metallic papers.
Prints are made from a digital file rather than film or a negative, allowing for greater control over the final image but still producing the finely balanced, rich and vibrant yet subtle tonal variation of the traditional analogue process, with unparalleled depth in shadow detail. The resulting uniform spot size and shape means that even toward the edges and corners the image remains as razor sharp as the centre - a finish impossible with any other optical printing technique.
We are able to produce the largest and highest quality professional archival C-Type prints in the UK, using a Durst Lambda (up to 400 ppi, equivalent to a resolution of 4000 dpi) producing images with the highest possible resolution and 68 billion colours! Alternatively we use an Océ Lightjet 500XL for widths over 48 inches - allowing us to go all the way up to 120 x 72 inches. We are also able to work from original film, large format negatives or 35mm slides if required using top-of-the-range Fujifilm drum and Kodak IQ Smart flatbed scanners with ultra-high optical resolutions.
We work with arguably the best photographic printing specialists in the UK and have dedicated project managers on hand who can assist you with fine tuning your prints to get them looking perfect every time. If required, we can also arrange for you to work on a one to one basis with our expert technicians to get exactly the results you're after.
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We also offer a bespoke Duratrans printing service for artists, photographers and commercial clients.
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We offer two different Giclée and Photographic printing service options:
Simply send us your artwork files via Dropbox or WeTransfer along with your instructions and we take care of the rest!
Our 'Bespoke Standard' service includes:
- Resizing & cropping
- Adding borders
- Colour correction &
- Colour management
Bespoke Premier service
For extra support; we can arrange for fully assisted printing with one of our expert technicians (on a one-to-one basis if required).
Our 'Bespoke Premier' service includes:
- Resizing & cropping
- Adding borders
- Colour correction
- Colour management
- Test strips
- Directed printing
- A dedicated production manager
- Master file archiving
- Provenance certificates
Standard C Type prints: (under 40 x 30 inches) from next working day. Standard C Type prints (over 40 x 30 inches) up to two working days.
Velvet prints: (available up to 40" x 30" on Standard Service and up to 120 x 72 inches on our Bespoke Premier Service) please allow up to two working days.
Deluxe C Type prints: (Standard service only) from next working day
Specialist C Type (Metallic): up to three working days.
Giclée prints on paper or canvas: up to three working days.
Giclée prints on Stretched canvas: up to ten working days.
We know that scanning quality can make the difference between a good and a truly great print, so we only use state-of-the-art scanning technology, capable of capturing the finest nuances of colour, detail and tone.
Our top-of-the-range drum and flatbed scanners are capable of capturing exceptionally high detail and can scan everything from prints, original film and large format negatives to 35mm slides, allowing us to cater for any type of fine art film processing, whether for colour or black and white output to C-Type or Giclée.
Drum scanners continue to be the tool of choice for high-end film applications because they are capable of capturing very subtle details in film originals, producing exceptionally smooth tonal gradients. Drum scans are usually produced at 600dpi, but we can produce higher or lower dpi's on request (from both reflective and transmissive artwork in any size up to 22x18 inches) using our Fujifilm CELSIS 6250 drum scanner which has an optical resolution of 8000dpi. Your original film or photograph is specially mounted onto an acrylic cylinder (using an oil bath to eliminate surface marks and scratching), which rotates at high speed inside the drum and transfers your image via precision optics.
Although not quite as good as a top drum scanner, our Kodak IQ Smart flatbed scanner can also produce excellent scans (well in advance of any commercial flatbed) from reflective artwork up to A3 (or 11x16 inches).
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