Introduction to Giclée Printing by MiMa
Certificate of Authenticity
Free Shipping: On Multiple Print Orders (2+) to N. America
Image Capture: Photographing Your ArtworksTerms and Conditions
Scanning Your Film
About Our Service
Reproductions with the Look of Original Art
INTRODUCTION TO GICLEE PRINTING BY MIMA
Giclée printing has been perfected to a level of sophistication, quality, permanence, and affordability that no other print process can match. It is the technology of choice for many top artists and photographers because of its exceptional ability to preserve the integrity of the artwork or photograph. The image quality, sharpness, color saturation, richness of detail and the depth of black and white of Giclée prints is unparalleled. Giclee prints have a lifespan of 100 years or more.
Giclée prints on paper can be completed traditionally by mounting and framing, we also offer flush and float mounting on medium density fibre board. Canvases are always coated with a liquid laminate, then you can choose to have it/them shipped to you, rolled, for stretching locally, or we can stretch your canvases for you.
During the summer of 2012 we have developed a new presentation for canvas, in the style of Chinese Scrolls, which are being very well received. But it doesn't end there, we also now offer printing on aluminum which gives your work startling clarity, depth and saturation.
Certificates of Authenticity are available on request.
By presenting a giclée edition print produced by MiMa, you are offering the very finest reproduction available today.
If you do not see your preferred substrate here, please ask.
Photo Quality Paper
Fine Art Rag Paper
Fine Art Canvas
Clear Coating/Liquid Lamination: ClearJet Fine ArtEssential On Canvas: Included in the price
Clear coating is also an option for giclées on paper that are going to be displayed without glass, in order to protect the ink from UV light, moisture, environmental contaminants, and abrasion.
NEW: Archival Laserjet Printing on Aluminum
Pricing is subject to change without notice. Prices do not include applicable taxes.
Updated: 25 November 2012
* Prices are for final paper size used, including borders.
Quantity Discounts for Print Runs on Paper & Canvas:
Updated: 25 November 2012
*** Maximum width for canvas to be stretched over 1.75" stretcher bars.
Image Capture: 618MB max. file size at capture @ $80 per image, up to 1 hour. Subjects that are difficult to light, e.g.sculpture, which go over 1 hour are charged at $20 per 15 minutes.
Image Capture & File Preparation: 'All-in' price that includes image capture and up to 1 hour of colour correction and test prints to prepare the file for printing @ $160 per image.
Additional Colour Correction: charged at $20 per 15 minutes up to a maximum of one extra hour. Time spent correcting a file over 2 hours total is not charged for.
Discount available for multiple artworks of the same format.
Hi-Res Scanning of Transparencies / Negatives: $40 for the first scan, $25 for all subsequent scans from the same format film.
System Time: Digital file preparation, image clean up, adjustments and testing @ $20 per 15 minutes.
Typesetting (Descriptive text positioned below the image such as title, date, publishing/copyright info. etc. By default we use Arial, please specify your preference): $15.00 per image
Clear Coat/Liquid Lamination (other than on canvas, on which it is included in the price): $5.00 per sq. ft.
CD-R/DVD (Copies of the print files for your archives): $10.00/$15.00
Certificate of Authenticity: Generation @ $10.00; each copy @ $1.00
Free Shipping on Multiple Print Orders to North America - to ensure that you get maximum value on multiple print orders from MiMa, shipping is free on orders of two prints or more! Charged at cost for one print.
Image Capture: Photographing Your Artworks
If we do the photography... This is your best option, to send or bring us your artwork. It will be handled professionally and photographed with care and precision. At the heart of our digital photography studio is a Better Light Super 6K-HS high-resolution 4x5 digital camera back, with a maximum file size of 618 MB, 9000 pixels x 12000 pixels x 6 bytes per pixel, coupled with a Wista 4x5 view camera and German lenses, resulting in a stunning digital capture of your artwork. Flawless prints can be made 4 to 5 times larger than the original with no loss of sharpness and no pixelation.
Another important advantage of having the original here is that we can carry out the colour corrections with the original to refer to, ensuring complete accuracy.
If we don't do the photography... We recommend you have your artwork scanned on a flatbed scanner or photographed by a professional on a 4x5 or medium format camera with a digital back. A photographer experienced in the reproduction of fine art should be able to provide us with a correctly exposed colour chart that will enable us to create a unique colour profile for your digital images. Additionally, the inclusion of a grey scale or 18% gray card within the image area will greatly enhance our ability to achieve correct color matching. (We encourage you to put us in touch with your photographer prior to the shoot to give us the opportunity to discuss these technical issues.) Then send us the image files, preferably tiffs (save for PC) on a CD-R or DVD.
Scanning of transparencies or negatives: This is carried out to the highest degree of resolution and sharpness that will give the optimum enlargement and sharpness from a given piece of film. Storage space is not an issue, so we archive the largest possible file to meet any needs that you might have in the future regardless of your immediate requirements. At a price you'd expect to pay for low res scans elsewhere.
System Time/Proofing: Necessary adjustments to the density, contrast, saturation, color balance, etc. as required plus cleaning of dust, scratches and any other unwanted elements. If you would like enhancements or changes to any specific colors or other image qualities, the image can be manipulated to your specifications.
Approval: Before the final printing of your image commences, you have the option to sign-off on the approved test, or prints produced without sign-off are done so on the understanding that they are supplied "as is" and cannot be unreasonably rejected.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
We accept payment by cheque, credit card and PayPal.
All prices are subject to change without notice.
Limited Liability: Submitting a print, film, transparency, negative or original artwork to MiMa Fine Art Publishers, Inc. constitutes an agreement by the client that in the unlikely event of any damage or loss by MiMa the client will be entitled to replacement with a like amount of film, print or raw material. Except for the said replacement, our acceptance of images and materials is without warranty or liability.
Copyright: MiMa Fine Art Publishers, Inc. guarantees that no additional images will be created or used without artist's permission pursuant to international copyright law.
If you would like to receive a sample of our work, we will send Giclée print samples on requested media for your inspection. Please email us.
ABOUT OUR SERVICE
At MiMa we provide archival quality fine art reproduction, large format and panoramic printing services to Fine Artists, Interior Designers, Architects, Art Agents and Art Consultants. Specializing in image adjustment/fine tuning and custom black & white printing, every image is given the care and attention necessary to bring out the most expressive possible print that it can render.
Working with state-of-the-art production facilities and together having 50 years of experience in creating original as well as limited edition fine art and photography, you can expect a wealth of knowledge to be shared when working with us. Because we are fine artists ourselves, you can anticipate an enthusiastic and professional experience.
Our approach to fine art printmaking is clearly results oriented. The bedrock of what we do is the accurate reproduction of original art and the printing of digitally captured images to museum standards, but our commitment to quality, detail and creativity will open up to you possibilities of giclée printmaking, as yet, perhaps, unrealized.
We aspire to partner with you to establish a long-term relationship built on integrity, trust, and value.
"As an artist new to the giclee world I was very happy first of all with the incredible reproduction, very beautiful and almost impossible to tell from the original, very high quality! I also appreciate very much the personable service and consultation."
Coral Barclay, Artist, Hornby Island, BC
"Mark - Thanks - the prints arrived last Friday and they are just great. The detail is amazing, this is the best repro I've seen. I don't know whether to sell or keep them."
Meghan Hildebrand, Artist, Sunshine Coast, BC
"I want to thank you for the timely delivery of the beautiful Giclee prints of my work that arrived last week. My gallery and clients are very impressed with the quality of the the prints and I plan to continue to order from your press in the very near future. I am also recommending you to all of my artist friends."
Elsa Marley, Artist, San Francisco, CA
"With our first visit to MiMa Gallery my husband and I were charmed by both, Mark and Mitra as well as their lovely seaside gallery. As an artist I'm very happy with the level of professionalism and assistance MiMa Gallery has provided. My clients and I were thrilled with the quality of the prints. It truly is a pleasure to work with such warm and caring people. Thank you for the beautiful prints and excellent service."
Dr. Lucie Marlo, Artist, Victoria, BC
"MiMA provided me with a high quality product and a very enjoyable experience. They were a joy to work with- not only keeping me informed and working with me on the printing process, but also being very generous with their time and expertise concerning marketing and presentation ideas/information. MiMa strives for the highest quality in their work and really care about the artist's satisfaction."
Annie Siegel, Artist, Denman Island, BC
"Knowing my mixed media work is difficult to photograph, I was absolutely delighted to see the quality of the images from MiMa. They were seamlessly lit, bright, clear .. so close to the originals that I can use them for reference. This has been my first foray into limited edition prints and Mark has been wonderful to work with. He involved me in every part of the process and consulted me on every image. He is a perfectionist!"
Bill Wilkinson, Artist, Vancouver, BC
REPRODUCTIONS WITH THE LOOK OF ORIGINAL ART
That look depends on our experience and know-how to light and photograph the original so that accurate colour, texture and detail comes through in the final print.
The production of our limited edition giclée prints is a combination of the finest papers, canvases, inks, photographic and printmaking equipment with our skill and experience and your involvement throughout every phase of the process. The quality being superior to other methods of reproduction, you can command a higher selling price for the prints.
Whenever possible, printing on the same material as an original painting gives each piece the look and feel of the original work of art. For example, opaque water based paint on paper reproduces well on paper, but for an oil based work on canvas, printing on canvas and treating with a clearcoat will better imitate the effect of the original. Mixed-media on board looks best on a smooth paper (the texture of canvas interferes with the detail) and can be further enhanced by being treated with a laminate. We will advise you as to the best media to use for the job on sight of the originals.
Mixed-media works incorporating reflective surfaces such as metallic paint or even metal itself can be very effectively reproduced. The problem of having the reflective surfaces "shine" whilst not washing out the colour in the rest of the work is overcome by making two exposures with the lights coming from different directions for each. Then in PhotoShop the reflective surfaces are "selected" from the image file in which they shine and superimposed onto the image file in which the rest of the painting is appropriately lit. This is time consuming but worth the effort, as shown by the two examples below.
Further, to enhance the effect of different surfaces in a mixed-media original, a mask can be made to enable selective clearcoating or varnish can be applied to specific areas of the print by us or by you.