How large can we print?

On our Epson inkjet printers, the maximum paper and canvas width we print on is 64” inches wide and up to 100’ ft long.  (minus the white border)

On our Flatbed printer, the maximum print size on all substrates is 60” x 100” inches with borderless printing.

What is our standard turn-around time?  We are in a time sensitive business and realize that deadlines are a part of our business. Our standard turn-around time is two weeks. However, we will happily work with you in order to accommodate rush deadlines. Give us a call to discuss your timeline.

What types of inks do we use?  

At Monarch Digital Studio, all of are inks are pigment based. Artists, photographers, and industry professionals prefer pigment-based inks over the dye-based standard because of they are archival have a long life span, and are water and UV resistant.

For fine art printing on paper and canvas, we use fine Aqueous pigmented inks, which are known for their brilliant saturated color and resistance to fading.

For décor and contract giclee printing, we prefer using the industry standard Eco Solvent pigmented inks, as they are the most durable, constant quality inks designed for high production inkjet printing.

Our flatbed printer uses UV Curable pigment-based ink, which is cured with Ultraviolet LED light resulting in exceptionally clear and crisp images. The heavy ink results in a durable matte coating that can be printed on any substrate. Therefore, these print can be even be used for indoor and outdoor applications!

What type of printers do we have?

Monarch’s  state-of-the-art printing studio capable of producing the most superior prints that technology has to offer.  We use industry leading Epson wide format inkjet printers with superior archival pigmented inks on a variety of décor and premium archival substrates. We have a flat bed printer and nine professional wide format inkjet printers.

 AGFA Anapurna FB240i LED- FLATBED Printer

  • UV Curable Pigment based Aqueous Inks-
    • Ink Cured w/ LED light, meaning it is exposed to strong UV light after printed causing the ink to instantly dry.
    • This ink is heavy, and can create raised surface edges for textured ink.
    • Waterproof (solvent)
  • Texture prints, prints on flat surfaces (not roll)
  • Prints on almost any substrate, including wood, plastic, or metal.
  • Prints for indoor and outdoor use
  • Max dimension: 60” x 100” in.
  • Max Thickness: 45mm/1.77” in.

Epson Surecolor S70670- Canvas Printer

  • Eco solvent inks- pigment based.
    • Can be used on uncoated substrates like vinyl.
    • bright and bold Eco Solvent Inks are hardy UV and weather-resistant inks ideal for plastic surfaces
  • Décor quality output

Epson Ultrachrome Printers- 11880, 9890

  • Uses archival water-based aqueous pigment Inks
  • Paper and fine art canvas
  • Fine art quality output

What are the border options when printing on paper?

When you order a giclee print on paper, a standard of 1/4” in. bleed (1/8” in. around each side) is automatically printed each dimension. This is added because it helps the print look better when framed.

Also included is a standard .5” in. white border around each side of your image.

If you requested, you can also choose custom sizes of the bleeds and borders, such as:

  • No Bleed (Image goes to the edge of the paper)
  • .5” white border (0.25” around each side)
  • 0” white border (0.5” around each side)
  • 0” white border (1.0” around each side)

You also can choose between a straight or deckled paper edge.

What are the border options when printing on Canvas?

If your canvas is going to be stretched, extra printed surface is needed if you wish to have the canvas cover the sides (this is called a “Gallery Wrap”). For gallery wraps, we add 4” to the dimensions for stretched canvases (2” per side), plus 1” white border so the canvas can be wrapped around and stapled to the back of the stretcher bars.

Canvases that are not going to be stretched will need a cap frame. These only get .25” added per dimension plus .25” white border.

What format does my file need to be in?

Files must be saved in the size that it will be printed and at 300dpi and saved as a TIFF in RGB format.

How do I save my file to the correct format?

Make sure your file format follows these requirements:

  1. Set your “Document” width and height at your desired output size—at a resolution of 300 dpi (ppi).
  2. Save your files in Adobe RGB 1998 color space as a TIFF with no compression (or high quality JPEG).
  3. Formats Accepted: (TIF, JPG, or PDF).
If any of the info above reads like gibberish to you, give us a call! We’ll walk you through it.

Tips for ensuring the quality of your File

  • Calibrate your monitor: All computer screens display images differently – in terms of color balance, brightness and contrast. It is worth trying to get your screen calibrated.
  • Set your color space: In Photoshop, you should set your color space to sRGB. If you have a CMYK file, convert it to sRGB in ‘Image – Convert to Profile.
  • Adjust Levels: Often, digital images of artwork can look a little flatter than in real life, and will sometimes need bringing back to life. The easiest way to do this is to go to ‘Image – Adjust – levels’ and then bring the outer arrow sliders into the middle of the line slightly. As you do this, you’ll see the black in the image get darker and the white areas get brighter, adding contrast and depth to the image.
  • Save image as .tiff, which will allow you to edit image without losing information.
  • Recommended native image to be size of printing size at a dpi of 300, sent at .tiff file.

Framing Options, Explained…

Stretching

Our custom-built stretcher bars come in standard and custom depths for your gallery wrapped canvas prints.

  • Thick Stretch: 1.5” in depth
  • Thin Stretch: .75” in depth
  • Custom Depths Also Available

Plexiglass Mounts And Finishings

A plexiglass (acrylic) mount is a contemporary solution to hang and display your print.  There are a variety of styles and ways to mount your work using plexiglass. Whether you wish to have your paper print adhered to clear plexi, or if your image was printed directly on the plexi, there are many ways to use plexi to display your piece. For prints on plexi, opaque or transparent backings can be adhered to the back of the piece. Your plexi print can also be transformed into a lightbox display. Or, you may choose the most popular option of standoff hardware.

Mounting

Mounting paper prints to foam core or gatorboard provides a rigid backing to protect your print and a foundation to which frame moldings and installation accessories can be secured.  Mounting a print to an artboard is another stylish way to display your piece.

Mat

In the most common paper framing style, a front mat in your chosen color and texture can be selected to border your printed image. A mat adds style and function to the piece by creating a visual transition between art and frame while simultaneously serving as a protecting barrier between print and glass. Computerized windows of any shape and size are perfectly made via our professional wizard mat cutter. With this advanced technology, complex mat design options can be cut in record-time.

Glazing
In addition to the style and type of frame, we also offer glazing options. Glazing, available in glass or acrylic, covers and protects artwork in a frame from damaging environmental factors that can compromise the color and longevity of your print.