SPECIAL: "Universal" Gift Card Sets
What's Up?Limited Edition Digital Prints are typically available for purchase in three sizes…small, medium and large. A maximum of 200 prints will be made for any single image size. In these digital prints, the variations on the theme are derived using image editing software. This is all standard fare. Print Warranty What about Giclée prints?
Now what about the SPECIAL: "Universal" Gift Card Sets?
We are making available the small sized images as gift card sets.
Within the 200 Limited Edition Digital Print count for any image in this small size category, we are now making available sets of these images on card stock. Signed and numbered, each card within the set, while similar to an individual print, is designed to be an exchange or "gift" card for any occasion... image on one side, blank on the other.
At a very practical price, these gift cards provide a simple, elegant acknowledgment that can be personalized as desired. A small gift that will be appreciated. The trade off in the lowered cost is that the cards are offered warranty-free.
All works copyrighted 1998-2023, Reginald Brooks. All rights reserved.
What are the sizes?Typical image sizes have a maximum size of 3.5" x 5", or the best fit of the image as printed on EPSON Photo quality ink jet cards, A6, 4.1 x 5.8", 105 x 148 mm. All sizes are approximate.
What about framing?Framing is not required nor offered for these card sets.
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What type of image resolution can you expect?150-300 dpi.
What about the printing paper?Printed on EPSON Photo quality ink jet cards, A6, 4.1 x 5.8", 105 x 148 mm.
What about the printing inks?High quality TMUltraChrome pigment inks from Epson provide a great balance of great color quality and archivalness. The tradeoff between quality and quantity must be addressed. The final output quality of a print must ultimately be judged on the print itself...not on its fidelity to the image seen on the screen.
In a nutshell: The subtractive CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colors used in printing must, in effect, translate the additive RGB (red, green, blue) colors typically seen on your monitor. Subtractive colors...like paints, inks and pigments...generate their color output by first adsorbing out the unwanted color wavelengths in the actual physical mix of paint, ink or pigment, opposite to the additive colors which generate their color output by inclusion, that is, these colored lights add their color wavelengths to the final optical mix that reaches our eyes. Thus adding up all the additive color primaries (RGB) produces the sensation of white light, while combining all the subtractive color primaries (CMY)excludes, or filters out, those color wavelengths responsible for the perception of light giving us a very muddy brown (ideally black) instead. The impressionists and post-impressionists used divided brushstrokes and "broken color" to allow the normally subtractive paint to act as additive colored lights by the juxtaposition of often complementary colors in the form of small dabs, allowing the viewer to optically mix the final color sensation in their own eyes, thus raising the overall color tone and, in my mind, color quality, of the work. The final color quality is built on the harmonious balance of the color hue, chroma (saturation) and value (brightness)...giving the overall color tone of the work. It is this often elusive quality that must be sought. The color tone quality of the RGB colors seen on the screen will, in their translation to the CMYK print colors, require individual adjustments in the hue, chroma and value components so as to recreate the color tone quality on paper. So quality first, quantity second.
Epson UltraChrome inks are rated 100+ years on Glossy Photo paper, and 200+ years on uncoated matte paper (our default paper selection). See our print warranty above.
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What about protecting the print surface?Ordinarily, yes you should allow for some kind of surface protection to prevent moisture and other vapors from interacting with the surface. Plexiglas (or glass) is the standard. You may also have the print laminated (3-5 mil) once it has been mounted to a backing board such as museum board and foam core. Additionally there are spray varnishes available at your art supply store. On the large poster size prints we are also offering a wax-varnish finish (similar to that applied to the digital-caustics but without any color).This technique seals in the print. The surface is matte.
The card sets are different, typically. Although they are subject to the same opportunities of misfortune as the art prints, they have the additional exposure to handling (part of this is a given, to even be expected in a low cost card) item. The card sets are printed on good quality card stock with the same water-based inks as all the prints are. However they are offered as is without the usual print warranty described above. Although I have successfully mailed these cards through the US Postal Service (on dry days) without an envelope, an envelope would certainly provide much of the needed protection and care in handling.
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What about displaying these cards as prints?As per well accepted museum practices, no prints should be exposed to direct sunlight, strong light, UV rays, high or variable humidity conditions, or in any location subject to harsh conditions, including physical contact.
What about shipping?We can ship to most any location. USPS/UPS/FEDEX
What about prices?
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How do I order?Easy. Just go to the "Orders" page, read and fill out the form. Select Gift Card Set # (your selection from above), followed by the single image or variety of images that you have selected from the Digital2D Indexof galleries below or Drawings/Prints Portfolio page(s) (1998-2022) :
On page 1 (9-11, montage series) order by Montage #1-11.
On page 2 (9-11, individual works series) order by Theme subtitle and Variation #.
On page 3 (GoDNA Series)order GoDNA #1 to #50 (ex. Gift Card Set #10-1, GoDNA #35).
On page 4 (E-P Series) order by Theme and Variation # (ex.Gift Card Set #25-1, Timely #3).
On page 5 (Early Works) order by Theme and Variation # (ex.Gift Card Set #10-1, Fates B #1).
If you order a variety set, be sure to indicate your full selection of choices made.
To prevent monopolizing, we are limiting purchases to a maximum of 500 images in any combination. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.
We hope you will enjoy these cards. We know your family, friends and acquaintances will!
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