We have listed some of the more frequently asked questions with answers that we hope are satisfactory.
What is the difference between a print and a poster?
Most reproduced images can be considered prints. Prints can be further broken down by Limited Edition prints and Open Edition prints. We would include Posters in the Open Edition prints category. The word Poster in and of itself has nothing to do with the quality of the image or paper it is printed on.
What kind of paper is it on?
Most publishers do not tell us what kind of paper each piece is printed on. Generally speaking, items like Movie Posters are printed a lighter weight paper, whereas Limited Editions are typically printed on a slightly heavier acid free paper. Fine Art Prints are often done on heavy archival paper. Once an item is framed, the weight or thickness of the paper is not of great significance.
Open Edition means there is no limit to the number of prints or sculptures the publisher can produce. Open Edition prints are not usually numbered, but may be signed by the artist.
What is a Limited Edition Print?
Limited Edition means the publisher has committed to only producing a limited number of prints. These may be numbered editions, or they may be time-limited, with the publisher producing as many as are ordered before a specified date.
What is a Fine Art Print?
Fine Art Print would denote a higher end product, usually on heavier archival type paper, typically smaller edition size, and usually produced with a better printing process like serigraphy, giclee, or a more labour intensive process such as stone lithography.
An Original is a piece that is produced directly by the artist, as opposed to being a reproduction, and except in the case of multiple originals would be unique.
Paintings are most often original works, as opposed to prints, which are reproductions. At Prints.com, paintings would be found in our Originals category.
A Serigraph is a print made using a screening process, where each colour ink is forced through a screen with a squeegee. Some serigraphs are pulled through the screens by hand. Each layer of ink can often be distinguished in a serigraph.
Most prints today are produced using Offset Lithography. Printing plates for each colour are produced from an original image, then the ink is transferred from the plate to a blanket cylinder, then to the paper. Early printers used etched stones with the ink applied directly to the stone, then pressed onto the paper. With older stone and plate lithography, there was image degradation that occurred the more the stone or plate was used. Using modern lithography techniques, the last prints off the press are typically as good as the first.
Giclee is derived from a French word meaning 'to squirt'. Giclees are produced using high tech inkjet printing, with 6 colors of ink. Giclees allow for much more accurate color than lithographs. Giclees are produced from digital images, without the need for negatives, as in lithography.
What is a Canvas Transfer?
Canvas Transfer involves taking a paper print, adhering it to canvas, such that the canvas texture shows through the print. A Canvas Transfer does not have textured brushstrokes unless they are applied as a separate process.
When will my order be delivered?
Our site will tell the estimated business days until shipment for each item - 24 hours, 3 - 5 days, 5 - 7 days etc. Transit time must be added to this number to calculate actual estimated delivery time. After placing your order you will be sent a confirmation email telling you the estimated delivery date.
Does this print come in a larger/smaller size?
All sizes and editions that we offer will be displayed in the print description. All image and paper sizes are approximated. div>
There appears to be some writing or an image across the print - will that be on the print I order?
We use a watermark to identify our web images. These watermarks do not appear on the actual printed product.
At the moment yes, but we hope to expand the range offering in the future.
What is Secondary Market?
When a publisher has sold all of the pieces in a numbered edition, then it becomes a secondary market piece which must be obtained from a private collector or from dealer stock.
What do you mean by Out of Print - does this mean unavailable?
Out of Print indicates that a piece is no longer being published - and is usually used in reference to Open Edition prints, or posters. This means we can no longer order them from the publisher, but we may have access to them from our stock.
What do you mean by Sold Out?
Sold Out indicates that an image is no longer available from the distributor or publisher.< div>
What is KuteFineArt.com's Return Policy?
We will gladly accept a return for exchange or refund (less shipping of course) within 30 days of the shipping date. We want you to be delighted with your purchase. Returns must be received in saleable condition.
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What is the difference between paper size and image size?
Most limited edition prints and posters have a white border around the image. Image size reflects the dimensions of the image itself whereas paper size includes the white border in the dimensions. Our limited edition prints are usually pictured on our web site without the white border. The size listed in the item description reflects the image size (excluding this border). Since most artists sign and number their prints just below the image, some of this white border will be visible when framed. Most of our posters are listed with both the paper size and image size. Most posters can be framed cropped or uncropped to hide or show this border.