FAQs

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To Bottom Weight or Not To Bottom Weight – there seems to be many strong opinions on this topic amongst framers.

Let’s look at where this “rule” of matting originated.  During the 19th century, rooms in homes had high ceilings.  It was the fashion at the time to hang framed art high up on the wall.  For a time, it was even fashionable to hang the art tilted out from the wall on a long wire so when someone was looking at it from below they could better see it.  When viewed at that angle, however, the framing appears to be out of balance.  The top of the frame is more prominently exposed than the bottom. Thus – bottom weight was born.

We tend to be more practical. Our client loved this art piece and needed it to fill a space much larger than the art – thus the bottom weight of the mat was decided. (by the way – they also loved this mat color – and we couldn’t get it for them so we printed it for them – exactly the color they wanted!)

When a title or signature appears below the image, a small window may be necessary in the mat’s bottom border.  This will, of course, require the mat’s bottom border to be wider.

Thanks to Archival Methods for this explanation.

Using the same image of Star Trek’s iconic Enterprise – and the exact same sized mat windows – here are examples of a “centered” mat window on the left / a “weighted” mat window on the right. While the top and bottom borders of the “centered” mat on the left are absolutely identical, the image might look a bit “low” to some people (while not to others). This is an optical illusion, and can be corrected if one choses to “weight” the bottom border of the mat as illustrated in the photo on the right. This option to “weight” the bottom of the mat is fully explained below.

You may think that every window cut into every mat should be located in the exact dead-center of the mat. While this may make “logical” sense, it often doesn’t make “visual” sense.

When an image is “centered” in the exact middle of the mat, sometimes the image may appear to look a bit “low,” as if there is less of a mat border on the bottom than there is on the top. This is an optical illusion, but it can be visually distracting to some people.

In order to counter this, window mats are quite frequently “weighted” at the bottom, which means that the same size window opening as measured for a “centered” mat is cut, but this window is “moved up” slightly so that the bottom border of the mat is just a bit wider than the top border. This “weighting” of the bottom border counteracts the optical illusion sometimes seen in “centered” mats, and therefore the placement of the image within its mat borders seems “visually correct.”

So – as most things in the artwork – the “right and correct” thing to do is subjective and based on aesthetics. We like to  know and share the ‘rules’ – and then you can decide how you want to move forward with your artwork.

In the picture framing industry, a fillet is a small piece of moulding which fits inside a larger frame or, typically, underneath or in between matting, used for decorative purposes. The intent is to help draw the eye inwards to the document being framed.

This art piece is inspired Asian, so the bamboo fillet is the perfect addition.

The fillet on this artwork is a mention of color that truly makes the artwork pop.

This fillet works beautifully with the frame and draws the eye to the artwork in an understated manner.

Image Creations of Florida (ICF) a part of My Favorite Art Place is ready to assist you with your corporate framing needs, large or small. We can frame a just one single piece to an entire location. Complete re-framing and repair services are available as well, as some artwork does not need to be replaced but just needs a refresher. We can provide the prints need for framing too- We have a large selection of fine art prints that can be used in corporate / office spaces!

Below is an example of a custom design, printing and framing to for one of our clients.wall of fame

The best  image is always going to be the largest possible file size. And the most original image – so if you’d edited it – send us your edited piece as a guide – but also please send us the most native (original) image. Simply because you “file save” an image to be larger doesn’t always make it so – and we have tricks of the trade to improve the resolution of your image so it can go larger if that is your wish.

You can send a file in the following format PSD, JPG or TIFF.

At a minimum we need a 2MB image that is preferably at 120DPI. (300DPI is for a style of printing called offset – used for magazines and brochures. Fine art printing only needs 120dpi.)

If there ever is a problem, we will always contact you via phone or e-mail.

 

What is MB, MP and DPI?

A megabyte (MB) refers to the file size of an image.  This is how much hard drive space it takes up on your computer.  If you see any image that has a K after it, that means it is less than 1MB. 

A megapixel (MP) is 1 million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera with an array of 2048×1536 sensor elements is commonly said to have “3.1 megapixels” (2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728).

Dots per inch (DPI) is a measure of spatial printing or video dot density, in particular the number of individual dots that can be placed in a line within the span of 1 inch (2.54 cm). The DPI value tends to correlate with image resolution, but is related only indirectly.

 

Here is specific information on preparing and submitting artwork to be printed on heirloom quality Canvas.

Quality printing starts with a quality product – your art or photographic image. If you have any questions about your file, please contact us. We are happy to help.

Technical specs:

  • Image is RGB and in the Adobe RGB 1998 work space
  • Set your “Document” width and height to your desired output size, at 120ppi

For canvas gallery wrapping allow:

  • 4 inches of extra image to wrap the sides, 2 inches per sideprint instructions
    2 inches of extra white space, 1 inch per side
  • File should be flattened and not contain layers or alpha channels
  • File is saved as JPG, PSD or TIFF
  • For critical color, we suggest ording a proof print
  • Send files via: Dropbox.com (jerri@Menaulprinting.com), or Hightail (used to be www.yousendit.com)

How does a Giclée differ from a traditional print?

Giclée printmaking derives its quality from its seemingly “dotless” imaging technology which contrasts with traditional fine art prints which typically relies on printing screen pattern dots to reproduce full-range color. Because traditional printing dot patterns are detectable to the unaided eye, it is less desirable than Giclée fine art prints for fine art reproduction. Traditional offset prints are typically restricted to papers that widely vary from what the original artwork was created on – especially when reproducing oil on canvas. The Giclée process enables reproduction on virtually unlimited types of media.

I have heard that reproductions fade over time, what about Giclée?

Museum-quality Giclée reproductions are recognized as “the next best thing” to owning the original and can be found in the world’s finest museums and art galleries. Based on independent research and testing, there are various image permanence ratings for each combination of ink and media used in Giclée printmaking. Wilhelm Imaging Research’s image permanence ratings have been provided to the public about expected display-life for various ink and media combinations used in Giclée printmaking today. Our Giclée reproductions offer an image stability rating of 100 years due to the archival-grade pigment inks and acid-free media we use. We use the Giclée Printing Process to ensure a print with brilliant, exquisite color and razor sharp detail, specifically designed to meet the rigorous and precise criteria of fine art collectors and connoisseurs of museum quality, limited edition prints.

Giclée prints have been shown at numerous major museums and galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum (NY), the Museum of Modern Art NY), Chelsea Galleries (NY), the Los Angeles Musuem of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the National Museum of Art (Washington D.C.) and the British Museum (London). Recent auctions of giclée prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.)

What is Giclée?

Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay“) is a method of producing high quality reproductions of artwork using special ink-jet printers.

The term “giclée” was coined in the 1990′s when the technology was first developed. It is derived from the French words for “nozzle” and “to spray.” Giclées have since become the standard for reproductions in museums and fine art galleries. There is a difference between a giclée printer and other inkjet printers. The difference has to do with the quality of the ink. Quality refers to “stability” – the image doesn’t fade, it doesn’t shift in colors. Giclée prints are archival – meaning they last a long time. Just like any other fine art piece – you don’t want to put it in direct sunlight unless it’s been treated in some fashion – UV protectant or UV glass. But with good care the artwork will be heirloom quality.

Why use giclées?

Giclées allow an artist to affordably produce on-demand artwork without the necessity of doing expensive print runs and keeping a large inventory.

The artist also has finer control over the colors, sizes and quality and can even choose from a variety of substrates such as canvas, paper, watercolor paper and even vinyl.

How do you make giclée prints?

If the original piece of art is a painting, drawing, collage, photograph, etc. then the first step is to get a digital copy.

Once we have a digital copy, we can use software like Photoshop to prep the piece for printing and make any changes or corrections. Giclée printers are very high end printers that are designed for making these types of art pieces.

Here’s a short video from Scott about giclées

How long should my image last?

We use truly archival ink to last 100 years or so. We also use acid free papers and high quality canvas. We spray a UV protective coating on all our canvases as well. As with any fine art – it is best to not have it in direct sunlight. If you have framed prints – you have the option of using UV glass to protect your artwork.

We can print up to 10ft on the short side. What this means is we can produce artwork that is 10ft x how ever long you want it to be. However, if you want the artwork to be gallery wrapped canvas then we need to save some of the size of the canvas to wrap around the edges. This means that the “face” of the artwork – what you see from the front – is limited to 9ft. Yes – we are able to ship this as rolled canvas or stretched canvas anywhere in the US. Contact us with any questions or for a quote. 

Corporate Services?

Working with corporate clients is a strong focus for My Favorite Art Place.

We are professionals at aligning a company’s physical environment with their core values. Expressing their beliefs through artwork.Reinforcing your mission and message to your public and employees. In the end it can strengthen brand loyalty and nurture employee engagement.

Art and branding art can play an integral role in communicating an organization’s authenticity.

We add life to corporate spaces with custom size, custom color and spot-on artwork to support your branding, enhance work spaces and improve productivity. We can and will solve your art decorating problems.

 

ICF LogoICF has been serving the design community since 1988. Interior designers, architects, decorators, artists, photographers and galleries choose to work with us because we  deliver exceptional framing and customer service. We specialize in the ‘difficult’ to frame artwork.

We are sensitive to your project budget and will recommend appropriate art and framing so you are offering your clients unique and affordable design choices.

We also provide custom framed mirrors, framed designer bulletin boards, white boards, framed newspaper articles, and framing for all documents, blueprints, maps, and photographs.

We offer satisfaction guaranteed to all our professional partners. Photographers, artists and interior designers can utilize our in-house resources to create beautiful images for their customers. We have over 30 years of professional photography and art experience, and over 15 years experience printing for the trade. Our critical eye makes sure we deliver satisfaction guarantee.  To discuss “For the Trade” pricing packages, call Jess at 727-797-1199.

Professional Services

  • Digital capture of paintings, drawings and illustrations.
  • Photo retouching and restoration.
  • Art reproduction on paper, canvas or specialty materials.
  • Custom Framing
  • Color-matched custom art services for interior designers.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Feel free to call us at 727-797-1199 and let us know. If we can’t do it in-house, we know someone who can!

Part of our mission is to help other artists grow their business profitably. We accomplish this by producing quality art and framing based on your specifications at a price that will make you and your client happy.

The link below will provide  more information on our reseller services and how we can help you – including our Reseller Calculator where you enter the width and height of your image to see the pricing on multiple mediums we use. Call or text us to 727-726-7411 or contact us here so we can talk more about your needs. 

Reseller Tools

 

We are a Satisfaction Guaranteed Company.
If you are not completely happy, we will work with you until you are or refund your money.

Every step of the process is done by the most qualified specialists, using the top of the line equipment and materials. All printing and production is supervised by Scott Menaul—a seasoned professional photographer for over 25 years.

Reasons Why Our Canvases Stand Out

Orders are done within 5-7 day on average. In a rush? We can meet 2-3 day rush deadlines.

We have a staff of Photoshop experts that can handle every kind of project, from simple fixes to complicated retouching and damaged photo restoration.

We are capable of printing extremely large canvases, multi panel canvas clusters, glossy photo prints—basically, if it can be printed, we can probably do it. Just let us know what you need!

You can place an order via our website – via email or via phone.

Web Orders:  Click here

Phone: Call us at 844-Art Place or 727-726-7411.  

Email: Send your files and what you want to info@MyFavoriteArtPlace.com
If your file is more than 25MB in size, you may want to use a program such as dropbox.com and invite “jerri@menaulprinting.com” to share the file.

If we’re printing canvas for you, we’ll want to know if you want your edges to be gallery wrapped mirrored, or a solid color. Or, let us know if you would like it to be framed.

If we’re printing paper for you, we’ll want to know what type of paper you want. We’re happy to talk this through with you.

File Specs:
We print RGB, 120dpi at 100% size.
Save your files as a jpg is fine

Can you fix old images that are badly torn or artwork that has the marks of age on it.

Yes we can.  We start with a digital capture. Then based on what you want, we can simply clean up to adding full color. We will send you a jpg proof for approval if you’d like before we print.

Our restoration services are $95 per hour and are billed in 15 minute increments.

Here are some before and afters:

lorraine_1  lorraine_2 monsignor girl

 

We are happy to print anything that belongs to you. Any artwork that is the intellectual property of someone else, you need to get the rights to reproduce their images, and usually you must pay for the copyright release. This includes if a photographer shoots a session and you’ve not bought the rights to reprint on your own. However, you can give them our contact information and we can assist with getting print size files.

There are many images that are a part of public domain and you do not need to worry about those. Here is a great resource as an example:

The New York Public Library Lets You Download 180,000 Images in High Resolution: Historic Photographs, Maps, Letters & More Open Culture

Another option is Creative Commons.  If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you.

 

 

What can I do with images shot by a professional photographer?

If you want to use an image that was shot by a professional photographer then you need to have a copyright release from the photographer, essentially his or her permission, for you to reproduce their image. Anything shot by a professional is the intellectual property of that individual and thus you may have to purchase the right to reproduce his or her image. You must obtain/purchase the release before we will make your image on canvas.

Can you reproduce artwork?

Yes – whether you are a professional artist looking to reproduce your work for sale, or wanting to share precious family memories – we can help you.

We start with a high quality digital capture. If there is any clean up (especially with older family photos or artwork) we can do that – and then create a high quality canvas or paper giclee to your size specifications. First Step – Give us a call at 727-726-7411 or 844 Art Place or send an email so info@MyFavoriteArtPlace so we can discuss your project. 

Sidenote:

Do I need to worry about copyrights on artwork?

Absolutely. Anything that is the intellectual property of someone else, you need to get the rights to reproduce their images, and usually you must pay for the copyright release.

However, you DO NOT need to worry about images that are part of the public domain.

How large of an art piece can you make from my  images?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we get, and without seeing your file it is difficult to answer.  It’s best for us to look at what you have and then we can tell you the possibilities. The short answer is we can blow up just about any image to various sizes. Below are some keys.

Size does matter:  The larger the file size in both MB and DPI  the easier it is to make a large or photo realistic artwork..  For example: If you send us a 4MB image at 72 DPI then it can be enlarged, but if we received the same image that was 4MB image at 300 dpi, we have more flexibility and can make the artwork much larger and with more detail. We can always email you a proof so you can see how it will look

Always use original:  We often get images that are either the thumbnails or it was downloaded from Facebook, or your e-mail program downsized the image so that you are sending a smaller file size.  We always need the original that is directly from the digital camera, that is what works best. It has the most information and is the largest file size.

If you want it bigger: We have many tools we can use to make images larger. We are happy to send you an eproof. And if we cannot – then we can add an ‘art effect’ – (see below).

What if all I have is a traditional print? If you are comfortable scanning it and own a scanner then read on, but you also have the option of sending the traditional print to us as well.  If you have a flatbed scanner at home, you  should have some options on how to scan.  First try to scan in 8 bit or 16 bit color (if that is an option, if not just chose RGB). Then think about how large you want the image to be.  If you are taking a small image, say a 4×6, and want that blown up to a 20×30, then you should scan at 100% at a very high resolution, 600dpi.  This high resolution will allow us to easily take the image to it’s largest size.  Usually the rule of thumb is to just scan at 100% in RGB mode at 300dpi.  We can reproduce most sizes with that file.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area – you can bring us your original and we’ll take a digital capture for you.

 

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What is considered a “larger piece” and how is it different capturing a larger piece? – e.g.  3ft x 4ft. Pieces larger than 3 ft x 4 ft may require more lights. Instead of two lights, we go to four or more lights so that we get even lighting across the piece. This takes more time to set up requiring the use of  a light meter and moving the lights until it is even across the piece. Depending upon the size, we may charge more for oversized digital captures (complex capture: see below).

Why do you charge to copy files to a CD or a thumb drive? We provide three different files: large, medium and web sized. We like to name the files with the name of the piece. When we create a CD, we custom print on the CD so that everyone can identify the CD by name, job number and date. This takes time to create the different sized files and custom printed CDs.

What size files should I have? We provide a full resolution file produced by the camera or scanner for full-sized giclee reproduction, a print file for magazine or print production and a web sized file for websites or emailing. We can provide other sized files as requested to meet the specific requirements of juried shows or other uses.

What is your process regarding cleanup of a digital capture? There are a variety of techniques and tools to clean up an image, including: image cloning, spotting, digital painting, color enhancement, color adjustment, brightness/contrast, color painting, etc.

Once we see the original, we can estimate how long it will take to clean up an image and see to what degree the client wants it restored. Many times a client will ask us to spend a certain number of hours and then evaluate the image to see if more enhancement is desired.

Do I have to pay for proofs and if so, why do I have to pay for proofs? Proofs take time and material to create.

Not everyone wants a proof, so we keep our price for digital capture lower by not including the cost of a proof with the digital capture.

Standard Capture

What size file can be delivered?  Our camera captures 5616 x 2744 pixels resulting in a 60Mb file. We can print a 30” x 40” reproduction from this. If a larger reproduction is required, we do what is called a “complex capture” (see below).

Complex Capture

What size file can be delivered? If a larger reproduction is required, the artwork can be photographed in sections and the pieces can be seamlessly stitched together resulting in much larger files. The size of the file depends upon the size of the sections captured and stitched.

CD Files

We save files in three different sizes:

Big – full size capture saved as jpeg and tiff formats

Medium – 6” on the longest side @ 300 dpi saved jpeg format

Web – 1000px on longest side @72 dpi saved in jpeg format

Yes we do. We are happy to talk with you about creating a beautiful relief artwork of your special image, logo, design.

Digital Captures – $65

The first step in the process of fine art reproduction is to evaluate the original for the best possible method of digital image capture. We find that most often, it is a high resolution photographic digital capture that is required. Our method does not touch, squish or press the piece, unlike scanners or other capturing methods. This is especially important for fragile, textured or framed pieces.

The original artwork is photographed by a skilled professional, utilizing advanced photography equipment, in a light controlled environment which allows us to capture the subtle colors and minute details of brushstrokes and surface textures in order to create stunning reproductions.

We then prepare your file for print implementing our proprietary color management system where we adjust the image to optimize its color palette and range in order to create a reproduction that truly captures the essence and beauty of the original work.

Color proofing and digital restoration can be the most time consuming and labor intensive step of the process. Once we receive the file, we utilize professional techniques to edit your image and create a master file. All imperfections are then removed, color is matched to the original and any restorative work is performed in order to ensure the highest quality output. We evaluate color, detail, brightness, contrast, lighting, imperfections, textures and brush strokes and then create several proofs to match to the original prior to producing the final proof for the artist.

Can I supply you my digital file? Yes – you have the option of supplying us with a digital file, the original work or a transparency of the original piece. Client supplied, high-resolution, digital files of the work may be subject to an additional “proofing” charge if you want us to color match it with the original. If we do not create the initial digital capture, we must charge to create a color proof. The charge is $15 a test proof. This is because of the time and materials involved in the creation of such a proof from someone else’s files.

Do you Color Calibrate with Artists / Photographers? – Yes we do. We appreciate when any artist is willing to go through the very simple process of color calibrating with our system – as that streamlines our ability to reproduce your work quickly. Just ask us and we’ll explain the process. 

Do you Color Calibrate with Artists / Photographers? – Yes we do. We appreciate when any artist is willing to go through the very simple process of color calibrating with our system – as that streamlines our ability to reproduce your work quickly. Just ask us and we’ll explain the process. 

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What can we expect regarding color matching? Most of the time we get very close in color. Some shades of colors are more challenging than others since paint and printing inks are very different and reflect light very differently.

Color matching is an art rather than a science with numerous variables. What is good or acceptable color reproduction is a subjective evaluation. In fact, different people perceive color differently. We take the time and effort to deliver a reproduction that most people agree is an excellent color reproduction. Multiple proofs are made per image to help with the correction of the color- depending on the difficulty of the painting’s color. 

What colors are the most challenging to match?Certain colors of paint are “out of gamut” of the printing inks, meaning that they just can’t be reproduced perfectly by today’s printing inks. Our printer uses eleven ink colors and does a better job of color reproduction than other printers in the marketpHSV_color_solid_cone_chroma_graylace. Other printers may have only four or six colors.

Metallic colors (silver/gold) often look flat when reproduced since the original is viewed with slight movement of the painting or movement of the viewer which cause the metallic colors to glisten.

How does daylight vs. indoor lighting effect color? Daylight is full spectrum (all colors). Indoor lighting (tungsten, fluorescent, halogen) do not contain all the colors and can cause the original and the print to appear differently under different lighting.

When a painting has varnish on it – how does that affect the digital capture and reproduction of art? When the art is very shiny and has texture, there can be problems with specular highlights (shiny reflections). We have techniques for compensating for this that take additional time. If possible, we prefer to photograph the painting before it is varnished.

What is the effect of texture on a painting or photograph to the process of digital capture? Deep texture in a painting can be lost with flat even lighting (which is preferable in most cases). If we want to capture the effect of deep texture where shadows appear below the thick paint, we will adjust our lighting to be from above and more directional.

Texture in photographs will appear in the reproduction. In enlargements, the texture will be more prominent the larger the reproduction is. The texture in large reproductions may become undesirable. This should be taken into account when deciding how large to make a print.

What is the difference between exact color matching and reasonable color matching? One can make a large number of successive color adjustments and proofs consuming much time, paper and ink to attempt exact color matching. There reaches a point where the color is close enough that most people agree that it is an excellent reproduction. This is the point that we call reasonable color matching.

Do you Color Calibrate with Artists / Photographers? – Yes we do. We appreciate when any artist is willing to go through the very simple process of color calibrating with our system – as that streamlines our ability to reproduce your work quickly. Just ask us and we’ll explain the process. 

 

What is the difference between RGB and CMYK?

Many people talk to us about the difference between typical offset printing (books, magazines, brochures) and the types of printing we do – which is Fine Art Printing.

One of the biggest difference is how the images reproduce. The purpose of this post is to help educate to maintain expectations.

When you look at a TV, cell phone, monitor, digital camera, what you see is lit from behind and produced with three colors red, green and blue (RGB) light to display the image.RGB_and_CMYK_comparison

When you read a magazine, newspaper, book, most brochures – they have been produced on a commercial printing press using four colors – cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) ink, called process printing.

With many colors, and images  – especially if you’re looking at large expanses of color, If you look at the same image as an RGB image vs. a CMYK image – it will differ.

Sometimes there are tricks that can be employed to bring it closer. Sometimes it is simply impossible to reproduce exactly. This is part of the difference between “Exact Color Match” and “Pleasing Color Match.”  It is good to know this.

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What can we expect regarding color matching? Most of the time we get very close in color. Some shades of color are more challenging than others since paint and printing inks are very different and reflect light very differently.

Color matching is an art rather than a science with numerous variables. What is good or acceptable color reproduction is a subjective evaluation. In fact, different people perceive color differently. We take the time and effort to deliver a reproduction that most people agree is an excellent color reproduction.

 

What colors are the most challenging to matchCertain colors of paint are “out of gamut” of the printing inks, meaning that they just can’t be reproduced perfectly by today’s printing inks. Our printer uses eleven ink colors and does a better job of color reproduction than other printers in the marketplace. Other printers may have only four or six colors.

Metallic colors (silver/gold) often look flat when reproduced since the original is viewed with slight movement of the painting or movement of the viewer which cause the metallic colors to glisten.

 

How does daylight vs. indoor lighting affect color? Daylight is full spectrum (all colors). Indoor lighting (tungsten, fluorescent, halogen) do not contain all the colors and can cause the original and the print to appear differently under different lighting.

 

When a painting has varnish on it – how does that affect the digital capture and reproduction of art? When the art is very shiny and has texture, there can be problems with specular highlights (shiny reflections). We have techniques for compensating for this that take additional time. If possible, we prefer to photograph the painting before it is varnished.

 

What is the effect of texture on a painting or photograph to the process of digital capture? Deep texture in a painting can be lost with flat even lighting (which is preferable in most cases). If we want to capture the effect of deep texture where shadows appear below the thick paint, we will adjust our lighting to be from above and more directional.

Texture in photographs will appear in the reproduction. In enlargements, the texture will be more prominent the larger the reproduction. The texture in large enlargements may become undesirable. This should be taken into account when deciding how large to make a print.

 

What is considered a “larger piece” and how is it different capturing a larger piece – e.g.  3ft x 4ft. Larger pieces than 3 ft x 4 ft may require more lights. Instead of two lights, we go to four or more lights so that we get even lighting across the piece. This takes more time to set up requiring the use of  a light meter and moving the lights until it is even across the piece. Depending upon the size, we may charge more for oversized digital captures (complex capture: see below).

 

What is the difference between exact color matching and reasonable color matching. One can make a large number of successive color adjustments and proofs consuming much time, paper and ink to attempt exact color matching. There reaches a point where the color is close enough that most people agree that it is an excellent reproduction. This is the point that we call reasonable color matching.

 

Why do you charge to copy files to a CD or a thumb drive. We provide three different files: large, medium and web sized. We like to name the files with the name of the piece. When we create a CD, we custom print on the CD so that everyone can identify the CD by name, job number and date. This takes time to create the different sized files and custom printed CDs.

 

What size files should I have? We provide a full resolution file produced by the camera or scanner for full-sized giclee reproduction, a print file for magazine or print production and a web sized file for websites or emailing. We can provide other sized files as requested to meet the specific requirements of juried shows or other uses.

 

What is your process regarding cleanup of a digital capture? There are a variety of techniques and tools to clean up an image, including: image cloning, spotting, digital painting, color enhancement, color adjustment, brightness/contrast, color painting, etc.

 

Once we see the original, we can estimate how long it will take to clean up an image and see to what degree the client wants it restored. Many times a client will ask us to spend a certain number of hours and then evaluate the image to see if more enhancement is desired.

 

Do I have to pay for proofs and if so, why do I have to pay for proofs? Proofs take time and material to create.

Not everyone wants a proof, so we keep our price for digital capture lower by not including the cost of a proof with the digital capture.

Standard Capture

What size file can be delivered?  Our camera captures 5616 x 2744 pixels resulting in a 60Mb file. We can print a 30” x 40” reproduction from this. If a larger reproduction is required, we do what is called a “complex capture” (see below).

Complex Capture

What size file can be delivered? If a larger reproduction is required, the artwork can be photographed in sections and the pieces can be seamlessly stitched together resulting in much larger files. The size of the file depends upon the size of the sections captured and stitched.

CD Files

We save files in three different sizes:

Big – full size capture saved as in jpeg and tiff formats

Medium – 6” on the longest side @ 300 dpi saved jpeg format

Web – 1000px on longest side @72 dpi saved in jpeg format

Turn-around time is typically two weeks for moulding that must be ordered. Though- we have an extensive amount of frames in house and ready-mades that can be chosen and can be turned around in less time! We usually can beat that projected delivery, especially if you pay our $20.00 rush fee- only useable for inhouse and readymade frames.  We can provide one day turn-around under special circumstances if in stock materials are selected.

Stop in and check out our “Wall of Frame”– Tons of beautiful frames already made! 

Ideas

The best way to get started:

A good way to get ideas is to bring the art or memorabilia in and we can work up a design and free quote.  Whether style, size or budget is the most important to you- we will work something out! We have very affordable frames and awesome ideas Seeing the piece and talking to you about your tastes and needs will better enable us to recommend colors, textures and designs.  All quotes are free and will be retained in our computer for easy ordering once you’ve made your decision.

If budget is your number one concern – but you want quality custom framing – we offer a Special Framing Package that includes one mat and your choice from our special selection of frames. As the selection is always being updated –  we recommend your stopping in to see the choices. Some examples of pricing includes:

Up to size……………Price
11″ x 14″……………$39.95
16″ x 20″……………$59.95
18″ x 24″……………$69.95
22″ x 28″……………$79.95
24″ x 36″……………$99.95

We’ll always show you what we think works best with the art first. If it doesn’t fit your budget, we can adjust the design. Keep in mind that you’re going to be looking at this art for a long time. Going with what you really love can actually save money since you won’t want to re-frame it down the road.

The cost can vary depending on the materials you choose to work with! If you bring in your work we will give you a free quote on a specific design. There is no cost to you to come into our shop and speak with one of our highly qualified framing specialists.

Based upon customer comments, our prices often are less than the large craft stores even AFTER their 50% off coupons.

Framing canvas art can look good in any environment – traditional through contemporary. It is also a great way to display and preserve your art. Liners are to canvases what a mat is to a paper print when choosing framing. Both serve as a border that provides a breathing space or area of visual relief so the frame doesn’t crowd the art and the art can be focused on without distraction from other elements in the decor. Most liners today are fabric covered but the first liners were gilded.

A float frame allows you to present the art without covering the edge as a standard frame will. When used alone, a float provides the most minimal frame design. Additionally, stacking a float frame with a regular frame can give you several exciting options to choose from, and provide a whole new look for the Artwork.

The possibilities are endless when working with a professional custom framer. Let us know what is important to you and we’ll make it simple and easy to decide.

Here is a canvas with a floater frame with a close up.

This shows a beautifully framed canvas art with a linen liner.

Here are multiple canvases framed together.

There are multiple options for glass types when choosing the type of framing you want from your standard to museum glass the level of protectant in the glass varies- below are the options we offer for glass.

Basic Glass – This type is the most common in ready made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Basic Non-glare Glass – This type of frame glazing provides physical protection from dust and scratches. This type of glass also has a slightly frosted glass to prevent glare and reflections. This glazing does not protect your art or images from harmful UV rays.

Conservation Clear® picture framing glass that offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry.  Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.

Conservation grade protects from most of the harmful light rays. By investing a bit more in protective glazing, you will maintain the integrity of your framed art and increase its longevity.

Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.  Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.

Originally mats were neutral in color and used to provide visual relief between the art and its surroundings. One of the most important function of mats is that it separates the glass from the art or document being framed. This is important because any condensation that develops on the inside of the glass can be transferred to the piece if they are not separated, resulting in water damage, mold or mildew. Photos should also be separated from the glass because the surface of photographs is easy to damage. Additionally, some types of art, such as pastels or chalk pictures, can smudge easily and should be separated from the glass for that reason.

Mat (and frame) your picture to suit the picture – not the wall, the furnishings or décor. That is not to say that taking those things into consideration is not important – particularly if you are working on complimenting a room or design – but that the first consideration is that your choice will enhance the image. This of course also allows you to easily move a picture from one room or design environment to another – knowing that your framing will always enhance the image.

A second but key rule is that all framing and matting should have one goal – to draw the viewer’s eye to the focus of the image being presented. To that end – choices of mats and frames are made that build on this principle.

When using multiple mats, try using the same color for all layers as it can simplify the design and keep attention focused on the art.

 

Here’s an example where using multiple mats – of differing colors – pulls out details from the artwork and heightens the excitement in this incredible photo.

Choosing the right frame can be a lot of fun! If you’re uncomfortable, then we’re happy to help you. We always feel that the artwork ‘tells us how it wants to be framed.’  How? Look at the subject matter. What predominant colors stand out? Is there a subtle saturation of a particular color that is throughout the Art? How would a complimentary or contrasting colored fit a aesthetically? We have a wide selection of frame choices and are happy to work with you to create an art piece that makes your heart happy.

 

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What is a Limited Edition?

A limited edition is a series of identical art pieces produced in limited quantities. Edition sizes typically range between 10 and 950 prints and are usually individually numbered and signed by the artist. An edition number that reads 110/350, for example, means print number 110 from an edition size of 350 prints. One of the main reasons for the development of Limited Editions is to help artists make more money from their work by selling multiple copies.

Will the value of a limited edition increase like other collector’s items?

By their nature of being limited in number, demand for certain limited edition prints can be greater than the number of reproductions produced for the edition. Once an edition is sold out, which means that the print is no longer available but may still be available from an authorized dealer, the prints are considered to be on the Secondary Market. This means that the print can be bought and sold by any dealer or individual, often above issue price, depending on supply and demand.

Before digital days, art was plated and then printed. Because of the variation in quality, lower-numbered prints in an edition were favored as superior, because the more prints made, the less ‘perfect’ they were as the plate wore out.

Sometimes an edition is limited to several artist’s proof (A/P) or a “one-off” (1/1).

 

Do you make custom designs?
 – Yes we do! We are happy to talk with you about creating a beautiful relief artwork of your special image, logo or design.

Can these designs be ordered with different framing?
  – Yes they can! We intend to make ordering easy with standard framing- as we also do all the framing in house, we can accommodate any type or style of framing you might need.

If I give you a photo and have you make a piece of cast-paper art from it?
– You can – but please know that it is very expensive to make a mold. Most custom molds we make are for clients who want custom products to sell in their gift shop or to make available to clients. However, we can frame any of our paper art with two mat openings. A photo of something personal can be added – for example – memory of a good golf event would have a piece of “Golf Themed” cast paper and another mat opening for a photo from the event. Check out our Golf Cast-Paper to see examples of this! 

Cast Paper is handmade 3D paper sculpture that is a combination of modern sculpting techniques blended with the ancient science of papermaking. ICF Cast Paper is beautifully framed to be an accent piece in any decor.

about cast paper

The Art of Cast Paper

A highly skilled artisan translates the original design into a “relief” sculpture. When the desired effect has been achieved, the master mold is then created. From that master mold, each of the releases is produced using a mixture of acid-free 100% cotton liner which has been cut and formed to precise specifications. Cast Paper is individually pulled and can be colored by hand. Each and every cast paper sculpture will have its own unique characteristics, a common element to any fine-art original.

We make all our cast paper in house. Our studio is located in the Tampa Bay area.

We are the largest supplier of cast paper artwork anywhere in the world. The designs can be finished in a variety of ways – painting, glazing, resin or simply matted and framed.

 

 

Yes it can. We have different types of glazes we can put onto the Cast Paper Artwork so it does not need to be framed.

Each piece is made from a mold and only comes in the stated size. However, we have many similar pieces in other sizes – eg: Turtle Small, Turtle Medium, Turtle Large so please let us know what you are looking for. Also – if you like a piece but need it to be larger for the intended space we can enhance it with the design of the matting and framing.

Cast paper is Handcrafted Paper. First we make paper pulp. Then we form it into a mold. Then we use a vacuum press to squeeze out the water. We then put them in special  drying racks until completely dry. We then have the option to mat and frame the beautiful white 3D paper, or to paint it, glaze it or a variety of other ways to embellishment to it.

What is the best way to clean my canvas art print?

Every Giclée canvas we produce is coated with a UV protectant.  You can damp wipe and / or dust your artwork regularly with a dry feather duster.

Metallic canvas Giclée prints however can only be cleaned with a dry feather duster- NO LIQUIDS!

• Use picture-hanging hooks instead of heavy nails or screws—they’re designed to be secure.
• Weigh your artwork to determine the right size/strength of picture hooks.
• Use two picture hooks per artwork, to help keep it level and provide extra security.
• Use a level and ruler to space your hooks about six inches apart, for an average size piece; larger artworks may need more space between hooks.
• Think of a grouping of multiple pictures as one unit. Test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on the floor or on a large table, playing with combinations until you find an arrangement that feels balanced.
• In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture (or grouping) is near eye level, approximately 60 inches from the floor.
• Consider the space; don’t hang a huge picture on a small wall area, or a tiny picture on an otherwise-blank wall.
• Hang pictures with a friend. It’s easier, and more fun.

Could you define the different styles of art?

Abstract – A 20th century style of art in which nonrepresentational lines, colors, shapes, and forms replace accurate visual depiction of objects, landscape, and figures. The subjects often stylized, blurred, repeated or broken down into basic forms so that it becomes unrecognizable. Intangible subjects such as thoughts, emotions, and time are often expressed in abstract art form.

Art Nouveau
– A painting, printmaking, decorative design, and architectural style developed in England in the 1880s. Art Nouveau, primarily an ornamental style, was not only a protest against the sterile Realism, but against the whole drift toward industrialization and mechanization and the unnatural artifacts they produced. The style is characterized by the usage of sinuous, graceful, cursive lines, interlaced patterns, flowers, plants, insects and other motifs inspired by nature.

Cubism – An art style developed in 1908 by Picasso and Braque whereby the artist breaks down the natural forms of the subjects into geometric shapes and creates a new kind of pictorial space. In contrast to traditional painting styles where the perspective of subjects is fixed and complete, cubist work can portray the subject from multiple perspectives.

Dadaism – An art style founded by Hans Arp in Zurich after WW1 which challenged the established canons of art, thoughts and morality etc. Disgusted with the war and society in general, Dadaist expressed their feelings by creating “non-art.” The term Dada, nonsense or baby-talk term, symbolizes the loss of meaning in the European culture. Dada art is difficult to interpret since there is no common foundation.

Expressionism – An art movement of the early 20th century in which traditional adherence to realism and proportion was replaced by the artist’s emotional connection to the subject. These paintings are often abstract, the subject matter distorted in color and form to emphasize and express the intense emotion of the artist.

Impressionism – An art movement founded in France in the last third of the 19th century. Impressionist artists sought to break up light into its component colors and render its ephemeral play on various objects. The artist’s vision was intensely centered on light and the ways it transforms the visible world. This style of painting is characterized by short brush strokes of bright colors used to recreate visual impressions of the subject and to capture the light, climate and atmosphere of the subject at a specific moment in time. The chosen colors represent light which is broken down into its spectrum components and recombined by the eyes into another color when viewed at a distance (an optical mixture). The term was first used in 1874 by a journalist ridiculing a landscape by Monet called Impression – Sunrise.

Pop Art – A style of art which seeks its inspiration from commercial art and items of mass culture (such as comic strips, popular foods and brand name packaging). Pop art was first developed in New York City in the 1950’s and soon became the dominant avant-garde art form in the United States.

Realism – A style of painting which depicts subject matter (form, color, space) as it appears in actuality or ordinary visual experience without distortion or stylization.

Romanticism – An art style which emphasizes the personal, emotional and dramatic through the use of exotic, literary or historical subject matter.

Surrealism – An art style developed in Europe in the 1920’s, characterized by using the subconscious as a source of creativity to liberate pictorial subjects and ideas. Surrealist paintings often depict unexpected or irrational objects in an atmosphere of fantasy, creating a dreamlike scenario.

Symbolism – An art style developed in the late 19th century characterized by the incorporation of symbols and ideas, usually spiritual or mystical in nature, which represent the inner life of people. Traditional modeled, pictorial depictions are replaced or contrasted by flat mosiac-like surfaces decoratively embellished with figures and design elements.

Trompe l’oeil (Trick of the Eye) – A style of painting in which architectural details are rendered in extremely fine detail in order to create the illusion of tactile (tangible) and spatial qualities. This form of painting was first used by the Romans thousands of years ago in frescoes and murals.