Sweet Pixels - Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can I scan or photograph my artwork myself?
Certainly, although in doing so you take the lead in color accuracy and obtaining adequate resolution. For small prints, a desktop scanner can produce very good results. Scan your work at 300 pixels per inch. Depending upon the quality of your scanner, it may be possible to scan your image in sections and stitch them together with Photoshop or other image editing software. If you have a digital camera with adequate resolution, you can photograph your work and we should be able to produce a good reproduction up to around 16" x 20". We have provided some guidelines for how to obtain the best results when you photograph your artwork on our How to Photograph Your Art page.
2. What size can I print my artwork?
At Sweet Pixels, we use a wide format printer that can print on roll materials up to 44" wide by 40 feet or more long. If we do the image capture, we can produce giclées from your original within these parameters. If you do the photography or scanning, the size that can be produced may be influenced by the resolution of the file you provide us. At a minimum, we prefer to start from files that have a resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch at the output size. Contact us if you have questions.
3. Should I have my giclée printed on paper or canvas?
Generally, we advise our clients to reproduce their artwork on paper if it was originally painted on paper and on canvas if it was originally painted on that material. The choice is yours and we can reproduce your art on whichever substrate you prefer.
4. How much shold I charge for my giclées?
This is a highly individual question and will be influenced by the artist's reputation and demand for his or her work, as well as the price of similar prints in your area. As a starting point, we recommend calculating all of the costs associated with the making of your giclée (image capture, print cost, and packaging - if any) and dividing that number by the number of giclées you anticipate making of your artwork. For the typical artist, multiply the cost per print by 3 to 4 in order to determine an approximate retail price.
5. Should I do a limited edition and, if so, how large?
We have seen valid opinions on both sides of this issue. Some galleries and art dealers will only carry limited editions, feeling that by limiting the size of the edition there is a greater perceived value for the work. Others believe that unless an artist is well known, there is no significant increase in value associated with limiting the edition and they are ahead to go with an open edition to avoid the potential loss of income associated with future sales of a popular piece. Either way, unless you are a well known artist, it is our opinion that it is best to keep the edition size reasonably related to the number you actually expect to sell. Most of our clients select an edition size of less than 200 reproductions. In addition to this number, it is common for the artist to allow for up to 10% additional artist's proofs.
6. Should I offer a Certificate of Authenticity?
Yes. Sweet Pixels can provide you with a certificate that lists the name of the artist and the work, the medium used and size of the original piece, the size of the limited edition, if any, and information about the materials used in making the giclée.
7. Should I use the term giclée print or reproduction to describe my product?
Technically, a print is a work produced by an artist through traditional means such as silk screening, linocut, woodcut, or similar means. Giclées are reproductions of an original work of art. In common practice, the terminology tends to be used less precisely and we often see even professional galleries referring to giclées as prints. Unless your work is digitally created, our Certificates of Authenticity will refer to your giclée as a reproduction.
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