Artist Artwork Reproduction Services
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Providing high quality artwork photographic reproduction services for artists in the Melbourne, Gippsland, Latrobe and Bass Coast regions.

Included in artwork reproduction price:

  1. Artwork photography - high resolution, colour accurate image file capture using a professional grade digital camera and colour balanced lighting.
  2. Captured image file processing (master image file creation).
  3. Export of master image file to create additional image files ready for use in websites, emails, brochures, catalogues.
  4. Photographed artworks held in a searchable client image catalogue for future artwork print creation.
  5. Captured image file backup and storage (On-site and off-site backup).
  6. DVD provided to artist containing all photographed artworks:
  • Master image file up to ~36 megapixel image resolution (fully corrected ready for printing).
  • Images sized (on longest image dimension) for:
    • Sending via Email [800 pixels]
    • Websites [240 pixels, 480 pixels, 640 pixels and 1024 pixels]
    • Advertising print materials [7.5 cm (3 inch), 16 cm (6 inch) and 25 cm (10 inch)]

10% discount off the total reproduction price for 5 or more artworks in a single order.  Minimum charge for a single artwork shoot is $330 (3 artwork pieces).

Artwork Reproduction Photography
$110 per artwork Unframed artwork sizes from 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 inch) up to 60 x 90 cm (24 x 36 inch)
$125 per artwork Framed artwork sizes from 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 inch) up to 60 x 90 cm (24 x 36 inch)
$160 per artwork Artwork sizes larger than 60 x 90 cm (24 x 36 inch)
Add-ons (digital image processing)
$25 Artist Signature Creation (for resigning artwork or for unsigned artwork).
$5 per artwork Insert signature to blend with artwork ready for artwork printing.
$5 per artwork Create Monochrome (Black & White) master image file version [in addition to colour master file).

Why should an artist always use quality artwork reproduction services for every painted or drawn artwork?

 

You can only sell your original artworks once...usually at higher prices than a reproduction artwork print.  The reproduction prints of an artwork can be sold for many years and thousands of times.  Artwork prints are usually sold at considerably lower prices than the original artwork, which provides a mechanism for artist to become more prolific (greater distribution).  An artist that produces quality artwork prints of their artwork generally has a higher likelihood of becoming more commercial (larger customer base) through providing more affordable copies of original paintings and/or drawings.  Being able to sell more copies of an artwork usually equates to an increased income for the artist.

It's imperative to have good quality digital image files prepared before selling the original artwork (customers may not want the original artwork photographed after purchase).  Reproduction should become the final part of an artist's process every time they create a new artwork.  Using the high resolution, colour accurate image file - a mix of artwork print types can be created on a variety of print media.  In addition the master image file can be output ready for use in websites, brochures, catalogues, press releases, online stores, etc.

What is the artwork reproduction process?

The artwork reproduction process has Four key steps:

  1. Digital Capture (high resolution, colour accurate photography of the original artwork). [Required]
  2. Captured image file processing (touch-up, balancing, colour correction and print preparation). [Required]
  3. Exporting of the processed master image file ready for websites, advertising materials, etc. [Optional]
  4. Creation of artwork prints using a high resolution printer. [Optional]

What type of camera equipment is used to photograph the artwork?

The artwork will be photographed with a 37 megapixel digital SLR camera containing an FX (full frame) sensor for maximum image capture quality, colour accuracy and rentention of artwork detail.  High quality lenses made from professional grade glass are used to photograph the artwork.  Purpose built professional lenses capture more detail without image distortion at the edges and corners of the final image.  Cold fluro lights are used to soft light the artwork at daylight colour temperatures (balanced to 5500 K) without producing unnecessary heat. Incandescent lights (hot lights) can heat the surface of the artwork potentially effecting the final quality of the captured image, or in worst case scenarios actually damaging the artwork from excessive heat.

A few key things to note:

  • It is better to provide artworks to the photographer unframed and/or unmounted.  Glass in front of an artwork will cause reflection problems.
  • If coating your artwork - use a low sheen gloss coating if possible.  Satin and matte finishes photograph well.  Very high gloss finishes tend to cause flaring with studio lighting.  High gloss surfaces can be handled, but require a few extra steps to deal with unwanted flaring and extreme highlights.
  • The final master image file for an artwork will be slightly cropped inward from the edge of the original artwork.  Usually about 2-5 mm of the artwork edge (on all sides) is not visible in the final master image file used for reproduction pritnting.  This is so the image created for printing has a clean, straight edge.
  • Images are captured at 37 megapixel using a professional DSLR camera.  Depending on the size and shape of the photographed artwork the final master image file resolution will be at least 30 megapixel and in many cases 34-36 megapixel after minor edge cropping.
  • The native print size of the processed master image file will be about 40 x 60 cm (16 x 24 inch) at 300 dpi print resolution.  Artwork prints at this print size or smaller will be very detailed on all print media types.  For most artworks enlarging the print size by ~50% to 60% of the native print size (40 x 60 cm up to 60 x 90 cm) should work well on most print media.  Enlarging the print to 100% to 150% larger than the native print resolution may see some minor print quality issues.  The degree of print enlargement generally depends on the type of artwork photographed and the print media type selected for the final artwork prints, e.g. textured art papers and canvas are usually more forgiving when oversizing artwork prints than luster photo paper.
  • Artist signatures should be inset from the edges of the artwork by at least 20 mm to allow for captured image cropping and future matting or framing of the produced artwork prints.
  • Artist signatures on artworks can be altered in the master file.  Signatures can be added to the master files if the artist forgets to sign the original artwork.
Print Prices: Photo & Art Paper and Canvas Wraps

10% discount off the total print/wrap price for 10 prints/wraps or more per artwork (sizes 20 x 25 cm [8 x 10 inch] and larger).

Prints can be created on luster photo paper, smooth archival matte paper, watercolour & textured art papers, and heavy weight canvas.

Artwork reproductions can be printed to canvas and then wrapped around wooden stretcher bars to produce a finished piece of wall art ready to hang (gallery wrap).

Paper Prints: Luster Photo Paper, Smooth Archival Matte Paper, Watercolour & Textured Art Papers [all 260 gsm plus, ready for framing]

$3 per art print

Minimum of 12 prints per artwork.  10% discount on 48 prints or more per artwork.

10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 inch)
13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inch)
A5 148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 inch)
A6 105 x 148 mm (4.1 x 5.8 inch) 

$15 per art print

Minimum of 2 art prints per artwork.

20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch)
20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 inch)
A4 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 inch)

$35 per art print 30 x 45 cm (12 x 18 inch)
A3 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 inch)
$45 per art print 40 x 60 cm (16 x 24 inch)
A2 420 x 594 mm (16.5 x 23.4 inch)
$85 per art print 60 x 90 cm (24 x 36 inch)
A1 594 x 841 mm (23.4 x 33.1 inch)
$110 per art print 90 x 137 cm (36 x 54 inch)
A0 841 x 1189 mm (33.1 x 46.8 inch)
For photo paper and art papers: UV protective gloss or matte spray coating for as little as $5 per print.
Canvas Prints: Heavy Weight Matte Canvas [360 gsm, Gloss UV protective coating, ready for framing]

$25 per canvas print

Minimum of 2 canvas prints per artwork.

20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch)
20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 inch)
A4 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 inch)
$55 per canvas print 30 x 45 cm (12 x 18 inch)
A3 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 inch)
$75 per canvas print 40 x 60 cm (16 x 24 inch)
A2 420 x 594 mm (16.5 x 23.4 inch)
$110 per canvas print 60 x 90 cm (24 x 36 inch)
A1 594 x 841 mm (23.4 x 33.1 inch)
$145 per canvas print 90 x 137 cm (36 x 54 inch)
A0 841 x 1189 mm (33.1 x 46.8 inch)
Canvas Gallery Wraps: Heavy Weight Matte Canvas [360 gsm, Gloss UV protective coating, 45 mm (1.75 inch) bar, ready to hang]

$65 per canvas wrap

Minimum of 2 wraps per artwork.

20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch)
20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 inch)

$85 per canvas wrap

Minimum of 2 wraps per artwork.

30 x 45 cm (12 x 18 inch)
$120 per canvas wrap 40 x 60 cm (16 x 24 inch)
$150 per canvas wrap 60 x 90 cm (24 x 36 inch)
$195 per canvas wrap 90 x 137 cm (36 x 54 inch)

These prices can be used as a guide for common print sizes.  Other sizes can be priced and printed on request, e.g. 1:2, 1:3, 1:4 ratio panorama prints and wraps.  Printed on an Epson 9880 printer using Epson Ultrachrome ink (8 colour ink process).