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About our Prints
  1. What exactly is a Giclée Print?

  2. How does a Giclée print compare to a lithographic print?

  3. Can I be confident of the quality of the print?

  4. What is the availability of the prints?

  5. Are there any copyright issues on the images and prints?

  6. How do I choose a frame for my print?

  7. How can I select a suitable mount for my print and frame?

  8. Are the frames as good as I can get on the High Street?

  9. What are the canvas prints like?

  10. What is a ‘box mounted' canvas print?

  11. How should I look after my fine art print?


  1. What exactly is a Giclée Print?


    Our giclée prints offer the best quality as they are individually printed when - and only when - you order; they really are made just for you.  This is why we can offer so many images from which to choose - we don't have to carry stock.  If you want the best fine art prints - shop here.

    Giclée prints are high-resolution reproduction prints produced on special large format printers. They are produced from high resolution digital photographs or digital scans of artwork or photographs. This printing technique is regarded as the apex of fine art reproduction methods and is the standard choice for museums and art galleries for reproducing their artworks. 



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  2. How does a Giclée print compare to a lithographic print?


    Our giclée prints are far superior to the cheap mass produced lithographic prints you see in the high street and on many online poster shops:
    • We use use six colour lightfast, pigmented inks - light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and black - to produce fantastic colour range and clarity and ensure long-term colour vibrancy
    • With numerous and finer print-heads we produce a wider colour gamut to ensure crisp high-resolution prints every time
    • The ink is sprayed onto the substrates, mixing the colour on the page to create true shades and hues and delivering a virtually continuous tone, rather than tiny dots (see below)
    • Lithography uses tiny dots of different sizes of four colours - cyan, magenta, yellow and black - fooling the eye into seeing various hues and shades
    • Our prints are printed direct from high resolution digital images themselves created from high-resolution digital photos or scans of the original artwork
    • Lithography uses negatives and printing plates, which do not retain the level of detail required for fine art prints
    • Our prints (or substrate) materials are thicker and stronger and will last longer.



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  3. Can I be confident of the quality of the print?


    It’s simple - ALL Printree prints are of the highest quality, or your money back. Printree’s giclée prints, when highly magnified the image is in sharp focus and you can still see detail such as brush strokes and paint texture. Our giclée prints can be printed on any number of substrates, from canvas to watercolour paper to transparent acetates. We use superb quality inks and state of the art machines are used to ensure a perfect result every time.



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  4. What is the availability of the prints?


    Every image displayed in this collection is always available for you to buy as a fine art print - on canvas or framed.  We do not keep a stock of prints, we really do print every fine art print and frame them (if yo uwant) when you order - on-demand.  We offer prints through the shop at A4 to A0 sizes but we can produce prints at any size and even murals.  Please contact us if you have specific requests.



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  5. Are there any copyright issues on the images and prints?


    By purchasing any artwork from this website, you obtain ownership of the physical print but not any intellectual property rights to re-use the imagery . If you copy, publish, reprint, broadcast, distribute, or otherwise use any imagery without the prior written consent of Printree you will be infringing copyright laws.



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  6. How do I choose a frame for my print?


    Use the online framing and mounting facility to experiment – we have many mounts and frames from which to choose.

    Once you have found the ideal print, you can choose a frame for it using our custom framing facility. Click on the 'View Framed' icon under each thumbnail image on the site or to the right of the image when it is enlarged. View or change the frame moulding by selecting from the frames menu; for example, change 'light wood' to 'gold' by clicking on the 'gold' button on the frames menu?

    Try to choose a frame width that is in keeping with the image size: a wide frame will overwhelm a small picture whilst a narrow frame will have little impact on large print. Do the same when selecting the 50mm or 100mm mount to ensure you get the perfect combination of frame, mount and image.

    Finally, click on the colour chart under ‘Choose a wall colour’ to view the finished picture against any one of a range of wall colours that you have at home.



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  7. How can I select a suitable mount for my print and frame?


    A mount board is a piece of ‘card’ with a bevel edge that forms a border around your print. A mount board helps to highlight the image with in the frame and indeed the frame itself. You can change the size and colour of your mount using the mounts menu at the left of the framing page. You can also remove a mount completely, in which case we will frame the print up to the edge of the image.



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  8. Are the frames as good as I can get on the High Street?


    Our framing is of the highest quality and undertaken by our own dedicated Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framers. We only use the best materials from the most reputable suppliers. Each frame is hand crafted by an experienced professional. See ‘Help’ for more information about our frames. They are at least as good if not better value than you would get yourself and without the hassle.



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  9. What are the canvas prints like?


    Our giclée printing process produces a absolutely stunning finish on canvas – just like the original works. We offer prints finished in this way as ‘rolled’ ready for you to have mounted or as 'box mounted' ready for you to hang on the wall. For more details see ‘About our Canvas Prints. Under the Help menu.



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  10. What is a ‘box mounted' canvas print?


    The box mounted prints are canvas prints stretched over a professionally made high quality frame including expansion joints to maintain a taut finish and stretcher bars top maintain structural integrity.  The box canvas print provides a fabulous contemporary finish for your artwork. Please visit our ‘Help’ section to learn more about our canvas prints.



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  11. How should I look after my fine art print?


    Always handle your pictures with care. When carrying and transporting a picture, never pick up frames by one side - grasp the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures or stack pictures, stand them vertically 'glass to glass' so that the hangers do not touch or damage the frame or glass. For more details and guidance on how to look after your fine art prints please see ‘Tips and Care of Prints’ in the ‘Help’ pages.



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