What print is best for you?

We are the best at what we do, so much so that we guarantee every single print or a replacement. From the professional print from our lab technicians to the best equipment and archival papers, we are positive that you will see the difference in service and quality.

Giclée printing

Giclée is a French term meaning “to spray” and is suited to fine art, illustrative and more recently photographic images. Giclée prints are produced by firing extremely small droplets of ink onto specially coated paper to build a colour or black and white print. Giclée prints are known as halftone prints whereas a C-Type is a continuous tone.

We use the latest range of Epson printers using 11x Utrachrome HDX inks and the 9 best papers from Hahnemühle and Canson covering a wide variety of textures and range.

The advantages of Giclee prints are the ability to print on a wide variety of media ranging from ultra-smooth coated papers to highly textured papers, wallpapers and canvas. The longevity of prints is 100+ years plus under the correct conditions and b/w prints up to 200 years. Inkjet prints have a wider colour gamut than C – type prints giving more vivid colours.

Print sizes up to 160cm x 5000cm.

Giclée papers range

Archival life
Ultrachrome HDX 11 inks
Ultrachrome HDX 11 inks

Why does Giclée printing differ from regular inkjet, or home printers.

The latest large format Epson printers we have in our studio cannot be beaten in quality as they produce the best resolution prints per square inch than regular inkjet printers producing a higher quality print and DPI resolution of 1440 x 2880.

The Epson SC-P9000 and SC-P20000 printers are industry standard for producing the best Giclée prints on the market.

Giclée printing is a dry, halftone printing technique, whereby an inkjet printer sprays pigment-based inks onto archival paper in a series of dots known as half-tone patterns. Described as dots per inch (dpi), Giclée printing is able to produce more saturated prints that give a fine art feel to the print and a higher colour gamut range.

Giclée prints can last up to 200yrs and even greater when stored in the right conditions. The archival quality of the papers that we use accompanied by the pigment-based inks allows each print to effectively be fade resistant. This is also complemented by the fact that we take every step to make sure our prints are sustainable and carbon-free.

Choosing Giclée printing over C-type printing

There are many advantages to choosing C-type printing over Giclée printing, however the same can be said about C-type printing over Giclée. The true answer is really what application is it intended for and what finished product you want.

Giclée prints produce a wider array of colour range as they use pure pigment inks, as opposed to C-type prints which produce a continuous tone through a laser and chemical process. The difference being that Giclée prints can produce more vivid colours and vibrancy for art prints, illustrations and photos that want to bring out the colour.

C-types prints a continuous tone so therefore prints and professional photographs that require detailed shading, skin tones and uniformity are better suited for this.

We use the Epson range of printers, producing an extremely wide tonal range and colour gamut. This is great for printing photographs that are vibrant and rich in colour. Giclée printing is also excellent at printing black and white images due to the use of black and grey inks, therefore no colour inks are used and a pure black & white image is produced. Offering 3 varying levels of black inks, giclee prints are preferred over C – Types to avoid a colour cast as no colour inks will be used if you submit your file in grey scale.

An advantage of Giclée printing is the range of available papers, from metallic and high gloss to velvet finish watercolour papers. With an extensive choice of archival papers, inkjet printers are very versatile even offering canvas printing and wallpapers. Inkjet printers have come a long way over the last few decades and have even become a preferred method not only for Illustrators but also fine art photographers. Here at Beyond Print, we use 9 media choices to choose from, Giclée printing is the most versatile fine art printing method out there.
Another consideration is environmental impact, inkjet papers such as Hahnemuhle have papers made from sustainable materials such as bamboo which at Beyond Print we stock.

C-type Digital Printing

C-type is an abbreviation of Chromagenic Type. this is a chemical process using silver halide that reacts to light to create a colour image.

Originally this process was used to print photographs from colour negatives but sophisticated equipment has now been developed to enable prints to be made directly from digital files. Our printers use advanced laser technology that produces sharper images than the LED-based Chromira machines.

We use the state of the art Polielectronica and Light jet printers which uses lasers to expose the paper unlike the ZBE Chromira which uses LED’s, also when the paper is being exposed by the lasers the paper stays stationary and the lasers are projected using mirrors resulting in a sharper image on the edges.

The advantages of this process are the extremely smooth tonal range and photographic look and feel.

C-type photographic papers

Silver based light sensitive archival papers
Continous tone print
Papers exposed by lasers

Why does C-type printing differ from regular printing, or home printers

A C-type print produces the traditional photographic look and feel prints using the old methods of negative darkroom exposure but in the modern age. This means a digital file replaces the negative and the silver halide papers are exposed through the use of lasers.

No printer can duplicate this on a large scale such as our C-type printers and have proven archival qualities with print sizes up to 182cm x 300cm.

We have only a select few of the Lightjet 500XL machines that were ever produced and this means only a handful of printers across the world can produce images as big as 72” (182cm). There are only 10 Light Jets in the world that can produce prints this large and we are one of the 2 labs in the UK to offer this.
Truly outstanding photographic prints at large scale sizes.

We calibrate the machines every morning to ensure the best colour accuracy and produce our own ICC profiles built around our environment and photochemistry giving you the truest representation of your artwork.
Our technicians monitor the chemistry day to day making sure there are no fluctuations so you can reproduce your work day in day out without any colour shift. We work closely with our paper and chemical suppliers to make sure our machines are running at their best, this way we can guarantee you get the best result.

The papers we use for C-type printing are only the finest in the industry being Fujifilm and Kodak. There is a wide range of papers to choose from in our range and due to the significance of Fuji and Kodak and their investment in product quality, the archival quality of these papers are the best for any C-type prints.

Choosing C-type printing over Giclée printing

There are many advantages to choosing C-type printing over Giclée printing, however the same can be said about C-type printing over Giclée. The true answer is really what application is it intended for and what finished product you want.

Traditional photographic prints in the modern era

Mounting

C-type prints are better suited to mounting applications. This is not to say Giclée prints are not, however, the smooth papers of the C-type prints showcase the sleek glossy nature of photographic prints if mounted on substrates such as Dibond or reverse acrylic. For more information on mounting, please visit our mounting page here.

Tonal range

As mentioned before, C-type prints produce a continuous print rather than Giclée dot printing. This means the tone of photos for example in a sunset would be more evidently visible and produce greater results than compared with a Giclée print.

How can I start printing my fine art or photographic prints?

Preparing your files for print

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Colour

For best results, set your camera to Adobe RGB 1998 colour space, as this has a wider colour space the sRGB standard setting. sRGB works best for viewing images on the web. If your image file is sRGB, our experienced technicians will extract the maximum available data.
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Size

300 dpi is the optimum print resolution, ideally files should be sized at 300dpi at the required output size. For example, a 10”x8” print at 300dpi would be 20.6mb (8 bit).
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File Formats

JPEG, TIFF’s are preferred although we do accept PDF and PNG’s, if you have any layers please remember to flatten them.
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Help

For large prints, a lower dpi can be acceptable, please contact us for advice. Advanced users are welcome to download our colour profiles for soft proofing.

Sample pack

Order our wide range of 9 Giclée papers and 7 C-type papers for artists or photographers. We produce these at cost and delivery is free to make sure you know exactly what you want to choose.

Test strips

Once you have your file ready and have chosen the paper you would like to print on, you can choose to print a test strip for £3 to check how your print will look before going ahead with the final print.

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We want to make sure you feel you are getting the best service and product and we strive to achieve this.

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