The choice of media for prints is often dictated by the original art work. Oil or acrylic on canvas is often reproduced on canvas to emulate the original as closely as possible. But sometimes an artist will want to offer alternatives to art purchasers and will have prints made on archival papers as well. Watercolor artists usually will choose a watercolor paper with texture similar to the media they used. Photographers often choose a luster photo paper or a smooth matte paper.
We have tried many different products and have found a few that provide superior reproduction quality, print-ability and color gamut. Breathing Color is a manufacturer whose products are consistently of the highest quality and print-ability. At Giclée Printing and Framing of New England, we have found this media to be a favorite for fine art reproduction. We are continually testing and comparing new products in order to provide our customers with the best of the new products in all media types.
Price Per Square Inch for Media
*New Prices effective 01/01/2019
- “Wall-A-Peel” Self-Adhesive Wall Fabric $14 sq ft
- Breathing Color Lyve Canvas* $17 sq ft
- Breathing Color Silverado (glossy) Canvas* $17 sq ft
- Breathing Color Elegance Velvet (textured watercolor paper) $16 sq ft is our most popular fine art paper.
- Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper $16 sq ft
- Epson Semi-gloss or Glossy Photo Paper $16 sq ft
- Archival Matte $16 sq ft
- Pearl Photo Metallic $16 sq ft
- Silver Metallic Photo Paper $16 sq ft
Other media types available. Please let us know your needs and we can tell you the prices per square inch and square foot.
*Canvas is coated with a museum grade Giclée finish. This also adds scratch resistance and longevity to your canvas prints.
Printing is charged at a cost per square foot. Use the size of the finished print including the area around the image to calculate the price. Maximum width is 44 inches by any length.
When pricing prints, add at least one inch to each side of the image measurement if you are planning on matting and framing the print. This will provide a .5″ white border used to secure the print to the backing in order for a mat to go on top and cover a minimal amount of the image. The mat-board keeps the print off the glass to protect it over time. Now multiply the new length x width for total square inches and then multiply that by the cost of the media.
For example, if the image is 16×20 inches multiply 17×21 to get a square inch total. Divide the square inch measurement by 144 and then multiply by the square foot price to get the cost of each print.
16″x 20″ image size, add 1/2″ border to make the overall media size 17″x 21″.
17×21 = 357
357 / 144 = 2.48
2.48 x 16 (sq foot price) = $39.67
If you prefer more white space around your image, add to your image size to calculate the final cost.
When figuring price for stretched canvas be sure to add three inches to your image for wrapping the canvas onto standard stretcher bars. If using larger than standard bars add enough to the media size to go around the bars, 4-5 inches depending upon width of bars. Cost for stretching on standard bars (.75″) is united inches (length +width) times $1.50. Stretching Gallery bars (1.25 wide) is united inches times $2.00. PS: Stretched canvas must be in whole inches