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  • Scan
  • Proof
  • Printing
  • Finishing
Step 1: Choose Printer and Substrate

Canvas and Paper Choices: Before proofing or printing you will need to choose your substrate. Please feel free to call or email if you would like advice about which substrate will work better for your prints. Virtually all of our papers and canvases are archival when printed using our printers and inks.

Every print technology has its pros and cons. Do you need prints that are water resistant? Do you want your prints to be really scuff resistant? Well, you would have to choose the Iris 3047 printer for scuff resistance and the Epson 11880 for water resistance. Do you want your black and white photography to be printed on a true watercolor paper, like Arches Cold Press? Then you have to choose the Iris printer in order to get really rich blacks.

For the Iris For the Epson 11880 & Mimaki
Up to 34x46"
Up to 54" wide and up to 40 feet
Arches Cold Press, 356 gsm.
Canson Montval Aquarelle
Somerset Velvet, 330 gsm. Hahnamuhle Photo Rag, (460, 308 gsm.)
Somerset Satin, 500 gsm. Hahnamhule Photo Pearl
rice paper Rexam Canvas, 17 mil.
silk Fredrix Canvas, 19 mil.
anything that absorbs water Photolustre
Step 2: Scanning Services

Step 2: Scan your original art. The key to great prints is to start with a great scan. Scanning itself is an art form. We weigh and consider all the visual and structural elements of a work of art before scanning to assure the best scan possible. The type of original we are starting from is the main factor when choosing the scan method. Below are descriptions of different scanning equipment and methods. Of course, if you are a digital artist or digital photographer, no scan is necessary so skip to Step 3:Proofing, or directly to our file transfer page: Submit

4x6" prints from the scans are provided free of charge if requested.

The Betterlight direct 4x5 scanback system: This scan method is phenomenal. It renders 16 bit files that are over 400MB with incredible sharpness, color and detail. This is used to scan paintings, or anything that is glossy or oversized, up 6'x8'. Its really the best way to capture and it skips the step of having a transparency made. Our prints made from these scans have incredible detail and sharpness and require less proofing to get exact colors. This definitely saves you money and provides superior results!

Flatbed scanning: We use this whenever possible. You can't beat the price and quality of flatbed scanning when applicable. It is only applicable for reflective art or photos that do not have a heavy texture or gloss and that are under 11x17".
If you would like to provide us with your own flatbed scan, (rgb tif file, at least 150 dpi at print size) you can skip this step and go to proofing.

Transparency Scanning: High resolution drum quality scanning of transparencies from 35mm - 8"x10". This scanner is also fully functioning with our color management system for incredible files that can print up to 34x46" or more depending on the size and quality of the transparency. It is unlikely you will be able to attain the quality of this scan unless you have an imacon or a drum scanner. See price guide for details.

Step 3: Proofing

Step 3: Colormatch your original. After scanning we make small prints, known as proofs, using the printer/paper combo you choose for your project. How much or little proofing is done is entirely up to you. Most online giclee factories do no proofing whatsoever. At Highland you can choose to forgo proofing in the name of economy and end up with great final prints, or choose to take the extra steps to make truly exceptional fine art prints. Our first proofs or prints done without proofing will surpass the discount printers by far. We don't let work go out unless it looks good. If you have a very specific color you are going for then you'll want to invest in a proof or two. If we have scanned your original you can be sure we'll get a great match in one or two proofs.

Proofs are made on whatever substrate you choose. Canvas proofs come with a top coat.

Per-Proof-Setup:

Size Price
4x6" proof included with scans
Free
first 8x10" proof
$40./$25.
secondary 8x10" proofs or equiv. $25

Quick-Setup: $65./$50. - (2) 8x10 proofs made with your personal priorities and best economy in mind. After you view the proofs we can make additional minor adjustments before going to final prints without extra charge. This option saves time because we'll make two sets of adjustments before sending you a proof. If you are mailing originals this works best because we can get the colors precisely matched before sending the proofs and original back to you.

Full-Fine-Art-Set Up: $225./$175. - Painstaking and meticulous proofing to get most exact replication of your original. Usually only used when we can have the original here during the proofing process. We will do a series of proofs until we feel we are very close. Then we will do further proofing according to your feedback. Finally a large proof (up to 16x22") is produced for final approval.

Canvas and Paper Choices: Before proofing or printing you will need to choose your substrate. Please feel free to call or email if you would like advice about which substrate will work better for your prints. Virtually all of our papers and canvases are archival when printed using our printers and inks.

For the Iris For the Epson 11880 & Mimaki
Up to 34x46"
Up to 54" wide and up to 40 feet
Arches Cold Press, 356 gsm.
Canson Montval Aquarelle
Somerset Velvet, 330 gsm. Hahnamuhle Photo Rag, (460, 308 gsm.)
Somerset Satin, 500 gsm. Hahnamhule Photo Pearl
rice paper Rexam Canvas, 17 mil.
silk Fredrix Canvas, 19 mil.
anything that absorbs water Photolustre
Step 4: Printing

Step 4: Final Prints. Every print technology has its pros and cons. Do you need prints that are water resistant? Do you want your prints to be really scuff resistant? Well, you would have to choose the Iris 3047 printer for scuff resistance and the Epson 11880 for water resistance. Do you want your black and white photography to be printed on a true watercolor paper, like Arches Cold Press? Then you have to choose the Iris printer in order to get really rich blacks.

Some factors might be:

How will you display? Image Size?
Limited or unlimited editions?
Border Size?
How do multiples fit on the roll/sheet? multiple sizes?
Are you printing one or many? How you sign?
Step 5: Finishing
Canvas

Top Coat: Top coat is required for canvas prints. Click for Pricing. It makes them very durable and ready for stretching. If your image has large areas dark colors and black your canvases may require extra coats.

Stretching: We provide stretching services, or you can also stretch if you like. It can save money on shipping since its much less expensive to ship canvas prints rolled. Pricing

Gallery Wrap stretching simply means that the canvas is wrapped around the edges of the stretcher bars neatly and stapled on the back. Usually it is done on heavy duty stretchers (1.5" profile) which, unframed, looks more impressive hanging on a wall than the standard stretcher profile (.75").

Choose white edges, colored edges or image wrapped edges. example

Paper

Trimming: The edges of your prints will be cut or deckled to your specifications. How you intend to sign, display or frame your prints will be the factors that influence your trimming choices. Pricing

  • Deckling is a hand-torn edge which gives the print a very nice natural edge finish.
  • Border size is also important to the finished look of a print. Some artists like a large border though this can increase your framing costs by a lot. Framing will be your most expensive prospect so its good to think ahead when making border size decisions
  • borders can be equal sized on all four sides.
  • larger on the bottom border
  • trimmed right to the edge of the image which is probably only an option if you want to "float" the print in a deeper frame.

Display: There are a myriad of ways to display your prints on paper.

  • matted in a clear bag
  • matted and framed
  • floated and framed
  • we even have many artists hang the prints on the gallery wall from clips which can look quite nice when done properly.