Click on any of the thumbnails above to see photographs of actual prints, made on 19 mil Arches Infinity textured French art paper.
Comments from our patrons:
— John Hendricks
Silver Spring, Md.
Founder and CEO
Discovery Communications The Discovery Channel
"It's wonderful! Thank you for all those prints! They're just beautiful."
— Illustrator Joan Auclair
New Hartford, Conn.
"They all look spectacular. I am looking forward to getting the large format print when you have it."
— Andrew Edwards, New York
"Wow. You could sell these for big bucks!"
— Ken Booth, editor in chief Alabama Live (AL.com)
"They look great. The color is really vibrant on that nice thick paper."
— Richard Eccleston
"Hope you got some extra orders from north of the border. The prints are fantastic, thank you."
— Bill Blake
Richmond, British Columbia
"The picture is even better than I expected, and I was expecting something great. We are delighted and hope to have it framed and on the wall before Christmas. And it won't just be a Christmas decoration — it will be up there permanently."
— Mike Dency
Ellicott City, Maryland
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OUR LARGE-FORMAT GICLEE PRINTS are lovingly handcrafted on the Plan59 premises in Fairfax Virginia by David Hall, who has been in the publishing business for 20 years. For years visitors to the site had been asking about prints, so we finally took the plunge in April 2005. Our fine-art prints are much nicer than the offset-lithography posters you'd buy in retail stores. Not merely blown-up versions of the images on the site, our prints are created using high-resolution master files of 50 to over 300 megabytes in size, made from imaging vintage source materials at 500 to 1,000 dpi (dots per inch) on a commercial-grade flatbed scanner with professional color-correction software (Binuscan IPM). After capture, images are restored and optimized for large-format printing.
PAPERS. Our prints are struck on Crane textured fine art paper from New England (since 1879, Crane has made the paper that U.S. currency is printed on) and Arches Infinity mould-made watercolor paper imported from France. These are beautiful textured (herringbone pattern), 100 percent cotton archival papers that come in five size ranges, 15-19 mil thick: 13 x 19 inch sheets, 17 x 22 inch sheets (50 percent bigger than 13 x 19), roll stock 24 inches wide by up to 80 inches long, roll stock 36 inches wide (Crane; Very Large format) and roll stock 44 inches wide by up to 100 inches long (Grand Large format). These papers produce gorgeous results. Our budget prints are made on 13 x 19 inch Epson Radiant White 11.5 mil watercolor paper, a lightly textured stock approximately the thickness and stiffness of a business card.
PAPER THICKNESS & FINISH. The 19 mil Arches (pronounced "Airsh") and 15 mil Crane papers are similar in thickness to posterboard. The textured stock has a herringbone finish that's very arty and quite beautiful. Domestic (U.S.) orders are shipped with Delivery Confirmation via Priority Mail, in heavy-duty cardboard mailing tubes four inches in diameter (five inches for Very Large and Grand Large prints). Prints should be removed from the tube promptly upon delivery. Once they are mounted, matted and framed they will be perfectly flat. Giclee is French for "sprayed ink" (but sounds so much nicer); prints are made using eight-color Ultrachrome inks (cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, matte black, light black, light light black) on a $6000 industrial-size piece of equipment, the Epson 9800 Stylus Pro.
PAYMENTS are via PayPal, an eBay company; if you don't have a PayPal account you can use a credit card. If you're unhappy for any reason with your print, return it in the original mailing tube and we'll refund your money.
COMMISSIONS. If you have an old ad, map, family photograph, magazine cover or anything else you'd like restored and turned into large-format artwork, contact us t0 request a quote. Below: Two of our most popular prints.
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