What is a Limited Edition Print?
If you have browsed through the array of artwork on offer on our online gallery, you may have noticed that the prints that we produce are all high quality fine art limited edition prints. But what does this actually mean? This article will shed some light on our printing process and make it easy to understand exactly what you are buying.
Simply put, the number of available copies of a 'limited edition print' is restricted to a defined total amount. The rarity of a print from a limited edition will contribute to its higher value. They also tend to have a greater appeal to art collectors than open editions because there are fewer of them (an unlimited amount of prints may be produced in an open edition).
All of our limited edition prints are produced in-house by our skilled team in our Fordingbridge workshops, from start to finish.
First we capture an image of the original artwork using a high end flat bed scanner, capable of exceptional image quality.
A member of our print management team then expertly edits the image, using unrivalled professional creative software and commercial printing equipment, to produce a high quality fine art reproduction that is as close to the original drawing or painting as print media allows. This printing method is known as 'giclee printing', and it provides superior colour accuracy compared to other means of replication.
We print a 'batch' of an edition at a time, so that we can ensure a consistency of quality (and so that our artists don't develop a repetitive strain injury signing too many prints at one time!). Our large format printers use a 12 colour pigment inkjet system to give the finest archival results, using light fast inks on fine art paper or canvas.
Next, each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist, with it's own unique number in the edition. The first number indicates the edition and the second number indicates the full edition size. For example, a print is marked 5/195 is the 5th edition produced of a total run of 195 prints.
Each print is then 'finished' accordingly - either mounted and acetate wrapped with bespoke mounts cut using our state of the art equipment (for paper prints), bonded to board or stretched onto bars (for canvas prints), or framed by one of our accomplished in-house framers, who will measure, cut and skilfully craft every frame by hand in our fully equipped workshop.
To validate the print, we attach a bespoke Certificate of Authenticity to each and every copy.
Now that you know how much care and attention goes into creating our beautiful range of limited edition prints, why not check out the full range here.