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Q: What is Fibre-based paper?

 

Fibre-based papers are photographic papers that consist of a paper base coated with a baryta (a white crystalline solid). Tints are sometimes added to the baryta to add subtle colour to the final print. Most fibre-based papers include a clear hardened gelatin layer above the emulsion which protects it from physical damage, especially during processing. This is called a supercoating. Fibre-based papers are generally chosen as a medium for high-quality prints for exhibition, display and archiving purposes. These papers require careful processing and handling, especially when wet. However, they are easier to tone, hand-colour and retouch.

Q: What is a High Quality Digital Art Print?

Any art created on a computer or otherwise, non-trivially modified by a computing process.

Q: What is a print?

A print is a graphic image that has been duplicated one or more times. There are various techniques used to create a print, such as serigraphy (or silk screening), lithography, etching, and offset printing. Prints, especially limited editions, are considered fine art and can be highly valued.

Q: What is the difference between a wall poster, a fine art poster, and a fine art print?

Generally the difference is in the level of quality. Wall posters are typically printed in large volume on less expensive paper, fine-art posters are printed on high-quality paper, and fine-art prints are printed with careful attention to true color reproduction on high-quality paper.

Q: What is a lithograph?

A lithograph is created using a printing technique based on the principle that oil and water do not mix. Using oil-based ink or a grease crayon, an image is drawn on a flat stone or metal plate. Water is applied to the surface and is repelled by the areas where oil-based images have been drawn. The entire surface is then coated with an oil-based ink that adheres only to the areas drawn in oil, ink or crayon. The image is then printed on paper. Lithography became a popular printing technique because thousands of exact replicas could be made that were like drawings on paper, without degradation of the image.

Q: What is a numbered print?

Numbering refers to labeling on a print that specifies its place in the order of its production when it is one of a limited edition.

Q: What is a hand colored print?

A hand colored print is a black and white print that has been individually colored by an artist using high quality watercolor paints. The artist uses layers of paint to bring depth and vibrancy to the colors. Our selection of hand colored prints are painted using traditional techniques that give each piece a rich, higher quality look usually associated with original art.

Q: What is meant by the term 'acid-free'?

Acid-free paper or canvas has been treated to neutralize its natural acidity in order to protect fine art and photographic prints from discoloration and deterioration.

Q: What is an artist's proof, or what does A/P mean?

A small group of prints set aside from an edition for an artist's or printer's use. Typically some of the first prints pulled from a limited edition of prints are marked as an A.P. and [sometimes] left unnumbered. Artist's proofs generally draw a higher price than other impressions.

Q: Why are limited edition prints so much more expensive than other prints on your website?

The premium price of limited editions is a function of the limited supply of each product, and the exceptionally high quality of these prints.

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