WHY DO YOU USE CANON PRINTERS?
Simply put, the 12-color ink set of our large format Canon machine offers us the highest quality reproductions, combined with the most consistent output across various media. This means you can have a print made today, and re-print a year later with the same outstanding results. The Canon setup allows us to get very rich colors and deep blacks, regardless of the media being used.
The Canon’s color and fine detail capabilities, combined with the ability to make prints over a metre wide make it the most versatile and outstanding machine for giclée prints.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR INKS?
Our Canon pigment ink system offers excellent colour fastness and stability, with a remarkably wide colour gamut. The ink system has been engineered to produce the colours, fine details, and subtle expressions required for some of the most demanding colour printing challenges such as photography, illustration and traditional fine art reproductions.
Vivid, breathtaking, long lasting prints are achieved by combining Canon’s advanced technological achievements.
HOW LONG WILL MY PRINTS LAST?
Giclée prints from Sketch360 can equally be referred to as ‘archival fine art prints’. Our pigment inkset is not only lightfast, but also water-resistant (although of course the papers may not be!). When combined with papers that also have archival, acid-free properties, you can be assured of print longevity in terms of decades rather than years.
Whilst the actual longevity of any one print depends on a number of factors (paper used, exposure to different light sources), test results from Wilhelm Imaging Research, the industry’s leading independent testing source, give some indication of the permanence you can expect from our prints:
Lucia Pigment Inks on Canon Heavyweight Coated Paper: 121 years (under glass)
Lucia Pigment Inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag: 95 years (under glass)
If you’re the kind of person (like us) that really likes to delve into the specifics, you can download the full in-depth PDF from Wilhelm Imaging Research, detailing the print permanence ratings for our printer and ink combination, just click here!
WHICH IMAGE FORMATS DO YOU ACCEPT?
For our giclée prints, we prefer to work with TIFF files in RGB mode. We also accept AI, PSD, PDF, JPG or PNG files. If submitting a PDF file, please make sure that all fonts have been converted to outlines before sending in your artwork.
Files with layers should be flattened before being sent to us.
CAN I SUBMIT MY ARTWORK IN RGB MODE?
Yes! We accept RGB files and print using RGB inks. If your files are in CMYK mode, please convert them to RGB before sending them through to us. The best colour profile to use for this is sRGB.
RGB has a much wider colour range than CMYK, and since we use a 12-colour machine we have the valuable addition of RGB inks at our disposal, as well as the regular CMYK inks.
HOW DO I UPLOAD MY ARTWORK TO YOU?
Easy! Once your artwork is ready as a digital file, just click on this link to be taken to the wetransfer.com page to upload your files directly to us.
CAN YOU PRINT IN TRUE BLACK AND WHITE?
Another yes! Thanks to our 12-colour capable machine (which contains no less than 4 different types of black ink), we can print true black and white rather than lesser printers that often produce a colour cast on b&w prints by approximating the greys using colour-balanced ink loads.
If you want to print in true black and white, please set up your artwork to a greyscale profile, and let us know you’d like true black and white in your instructions.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM RESOLUTION FOR ARTWORK?
Ideally, 300 dpi at your desired print size, although the higher the resolution, the better the printing quality. Don’t worry if your resolution isn’t high enough – with our professional interpolation (enlarging) software we can enlarge the size of prints with minimum loss of quality.
DO YOU PRINT ON SHEETS OR ROLLS OF PAPER?
All prints are printed on roll media, which allows us to create bespoke prints of any dimensions without being restricted to standard paper sizes. We can supply prints to you either rolled or flattened.
If you need borders on your prints, they should either be placed onto your artwork before submission, or clearly stated in your instructions.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM SIZE I CAN PRINT?
Our Giclée machine is capable of producing prints up to 44″ / 1.1m wide by any length… this exceeds A0 dimensions by quite a margin (an A0 print is only 33″ / 841mm wide!).
Some of the Giclée papers that we carry can only be printed up to 42″ wide due to the width of the supplied paper rolls – please enquire if you want to print to these extremes!
HOW MUCH SHARPENING SHOULD I APPLY TO MY IMAGES?
Our printers do not apply any sharpening by default so artwork should be pre-sharpened in your image editing software. We do, however, have professional-grade sharpening software at the pre-press stage, so if you would like us to add sharpening to your image, please just let us know.
DO I NEED TO SIZE MY IMAGES CORRECTLY BEFORE SENDING THEM THROUGH TO YOU?
You can either size your images to the specific size you want yourself before sending them to print, or if you’d like to take advantage of our professional-grade interpolation (enlarging) software, then we can enlarge your images for you providing they are set up to the correct aspect ratio (length vs width), at the highest available resolution.
WHO RETAINS THE RIGHTS TO MY ARTWORK AND PRINTS?
You do (or the legitimate copyright holder!). Sketch360 does not claim any rights to your artwork or the prints made from it, but we do require that you have obtained permission from the copyright holder, if required, to reproduce the work.
When you sell an original work of art, you retain all printing rights. Unless you specifically state otherwise when making a sale, you keep all rights to any use of that image for reproduction purposes. The buyer cannot make prints without your consent.
HOW WILL YOU PACKAGE MY PRINTS?
If you are collecting your prints from the studio, we will wrap them in acid-free tissue paper, and biodegradable bubble wrap where appropriate. We also suggest that you bring with you a portfolio case, hard-backed envelope, or tube – whichever is more appropriate for your size and quantity of prints. We do try and keep a stock of hard-backed envelopes for you to purchase for a small fee if you wish. When we post prints, we will choose the most robust method available for your size/quantity of prints. Where possible, we’ll send prints out flat. Print packages will ALWAYS be adequately protected for transit.
CAN YOU DELIVER MY PRINTS?
Collection from the studio is always recommended, but we can securely package your prints and deliver them direct to you, pretty much anywhere in the world! Prints this year have been sent out to individuals and galleries in London, Rome, Paris, Geneva, Portland, Vienna… and all over the UK. We stock GIANT strong tubes for the safe transit of valuable prints.
Delivery within the UK is by next-day courier, and is charged at £10 + VAT including packing. For single prints A3 and under, we charge £3.99 for delivery via Royal Mail.