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FANM prints fine art and photography at the highest standards in the giclée print industry for galleries, museums, and individual artists and photographers.
FANM offers full service fine art printing services including Digital Capture, Image Preparation and either Paper or Canvas Printing.
First, the image you intend to reproduce must be "captured," or turned into a digital file. The cost varies depending on the method of digital capture and, to a lesser degree, on the size of the captured file. Your choices are dictated by what you are reproducing.
Is it original artwork?
A Direct Digital Capture is the most logical way of digitizing an original work of art. At FANM we use the services of Barry Norris Studio, LLC in El Prados, NM. His Direct Digital Capture system, a Better Light scan back camera, scans the image through the lens of a medium format camera. The first advantage is that it does away with the interim step of film, which degrades the image to some degree. The second advantage of Direct Digital Capture is that the capture cannot get dirty or scratched so the cost of preparing the image for print is often considerably less than an image captured on film. If there are multiple pieces of art and the individual pieces are not too large, we can often capture more than one piece at a time to lower the cost.
Direct Digital Capture: $60 to $90
Is it film?
Most artists have archived their past work on 4x5 transparency film, and 4x5s remain the source material for many of our prints. Provided the photographer did a professional job of shooting the artwork (properly lit with good sharpness over the entire image), we achieve spectacular results. We scan our 4x5s (and all film sizes including 8x10) using our Epson Perfection V750 PRO film scanner.
Film scans: $15
Is it a physical image (a document or photographic print)?
Most of our "reflective" - or flatbed scanning - involves restorations of old photos where the hard copy print is the only thing available. We use a top of the line Epson reflective scanner.
Reflective scan: $15
Artwork: $25 to $150 (average $45)
Photography: $0 to $60 (average $15)
Restorations: $25 up (average $200)
There is a $25 minimum charge, which includes the first half-hour of work plus permanent archiving of your finished file. Most images are prepared for under $50, but some artwork that needs critical color work can take much longer. To protect our clients we have a $150 ceiling on prep work (excluding restorations). Digital artists and photographers who bring in files that are “print ready” move straight to color correction and are NOT SUBJECT to a $25 minimum. Image prep can be divided into two primary categories: editing and color correction.
Editing - Square and Crop - Scans include some area outside of the image to ensure that the entire image is captured. We crop away any excess while retaining the entire image. Often we need to rotate the image slightly to square the corners and minimize any clipping of the image.
Sharpen - No matter how detailed a scan is, it still represents a minor degradation of the original because each tiny pixel that makes up the image is a solid color.
Clean - The cost of cleaning depends on the quality of the source. Direct Digital Captures need very little cleaning. Scans from film usually take about fifteen minutes if the film has been well cared for. If the film is old or has been handled, there can be thousands of tiny particles embedded into the surface. Once we see your image we can give you a ceiling cost so there are no surprises.
Special Editing - Most images will require little or no editing, while a restoration project may be all about editing and cost hundreds of dollars. For art reproduction, editing is usually limited to refining sloppy edges and removing the artist’s signature. Some photographers who know our capabilities come in with many editing ideas like removing or moving signs, wires, people, and buildings.
Color Correction - Color correcting is only a serious cost when precision color matching to an original work of art is the goal. This falls under the $150 ceiling for art preparation.
Color Proofing Costs - These are the actual costs for media (paper or canvas) and ink used in the proofing of your image. The client is charged $4.50 to $6.00 for each proof but Proofing Costs are included in the total preperation cost so you are protected by our $150 cieling. No matter how much time or how many proofs it took us to make a perfect match, you will not be charged more that $150 for the development of the piece.
There are two charges when printing on paper: printing and media (the paper itself).
17 cents per square inch for the first print - (height x width x .17)
16 cents per square inch for subsequent prints that are exact replicas (including size).
$16 per piece minimum (waived for promotional material)
Paper - The primary mission of FANM is the finest quality reproductions of artwork and photography. Virtually all of our paper printing is on the finest watercolor papers available (some promotional and technical work is printed on high quality technical paper). The following price list includes the most common papers we use.
Somerset Velvet for Epson - 505 gsm sheets - The finest bright white 100% cotton watercolor paper we carry, this plush mould made paper is produced in England and can be hand torn for a beautiful, feathered edge. We use this mostly for reproducing artwork.
Ultrasmooth Fine Art - A 250 gsm hot press 100% cotton roll paper. With a hard, very smooth surface, this paper is ideal for photography. At FANM this is our main paper for open edition prints. This museum quality paper is also considered the most archival in the print industry.
Museo Textured Rag - A 325 gsm 100% cotton watercolor paper available in rolls and sheets. With a very hard textured surface, Textured Rag delivers very precise prints.
Moab Entrada Rag Bright - A brighter alternative to UltraSmooth, this 300 gsm 100% cotton paper offers an extremely bright white surface for an image with real pop.
For specific jobs we will sometimes order one of the other fine papers available for the highest quality ink jet printing.
Pricing for all the above papers vary only slightly - the pricing for Somerset Velvet sheets, our most expensive paper, is listed below.
36 x 44 = $35 18 x 22 = $11
22 x 36 = $23 15 x 24 = $11
24 x 30 = $18 12 x 15 = $7.50
Other Paper Services
Cutting - the charge for cutting paper to a custom size (6 standard sizes listed above) is $2.50.
Hand Torn Edge - Offered on our premium sheet papers, we will tear the four sides for $10 (or we will be happy to teach you to tear your own).
Our pricing for canvas includes the canvas, printing, and two coats varnish with UV protection. We use the only museum graded canvas currently available, Breathing Color's Lyv Canvas and varnish it with Breathing Color's Timeless Varnish. Our per square inch pricing is on a sliding scale so that a small piece (under 500 sq. in. would be .205 per square inch while a large piece could be as low as .17 a sq. in. (a 2,000 sq in piece would be .185 per sq in). Exceptions to this pricing include images with radical aspect ratios (like 10” x 50”) that raise the canvas cost.
Stretching: We stretch canvas on the highest quality 1.5” heavy bars. Our corners are finished with gallery folds that, combined with a black printed border, allow the artwork to be hung without a frame and look modern and beautiful. Stretching cost can be figured by the following: height + width x 1.1.
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