A Giclee print is a high quality archival inkjet print on fine art watercolour paper. Favoured by Galleries and professional artists and photographers worldwide. Our award winning Giclées are suitable for both photographs and illustrations in colour or black & white.
All our fine art Giclée prints are produced on Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and Epson 9900 printers, making use of UltraChromeHDR archival inks, resulting in stunning, high quality prints on the very best of papers.
At Metroprint, we will only work with the finest art papers, that we have rigorously tested so you don't have to. Our professional fine art Giclée paper range covers cotton rag, baryta and Canson papers.
Print time: three working days.
Print time: three working days This velvety heavyweight etching board has a fine surface texture. German Etching is one of the most popular media for artwork and photography. The paper is made of 100 % cotton or pure alpha cellulose presenting a textured surface that allows high quality printing. Read more about Hahnemühle German Etching paper here.
Print time: three working days This is one of Hahnemühle’s genuine artist papers, mould made, 100% acid free paper with an exceptionally smooth surface. Photo Rag is the most popular paper chosen by photographers to create high quality fine art prints. The fine, smooth surface and feel of Photo Rag makes this paper very versatile. It is […]
Print time: three working days This is a beautiful paper designed for inkjet printing and is ideal for fine art reproduction and photography. Made from 100% cotton fibre using a traditional mould machine this paper has an invisible coating on one side allowing the creation of superb prints with a wide colour gamut. Read more about Somerset […]
Print time: three working days This paper made from 100% cotton linters, has a high whiteness value that contains a high percentage of alpha cellulose, it produces a wide colour gamut and achieves high-density values. The paper is made on a mould machine using woollen felts which impart a delicate texture to the surface of the sheet. […]
Print time: three working days Fine Art Baryta is a bright white paper with exceptionally high colour depth and large colour gamut and image definition. This paper gives the “wow” factor to black and white prints with an extremely high dmax and the finest grey tones. Using barium sulphate in the premium Giclée coating ensures the typical […]
Print time: three working days Photo High Gloss Premium RC consists of an ultra-smooth, alpha-cellulose, acid-free paper coated with polyethylene and multiple micro porous colour receiver layers. This ultra-white photo paper currently has the highest gloss level of the photographic resin-coated paper market. This paper offers vivid colours and deep blacks, coupled with excellent image sharpness.
Print time: three working days PhotoSatin Premium Resin Coated consists of an alpha cellulose acid-free art paper coated with a structured polyethylene and a micro porous receiver layer. This exceptional photographic paper has been designed to comply with the highest lifespan requirements. The surface aesthetic of PhotoSatin Premium RC is reminiscent of the original photochemical papers traditionally […]
We have numerous ways we can help you achieve the perfect print here at Metro, from our great value Metroprint online only service, to our Metro Imaging ‘online and in lab’ bespoke services.
Take a look at our handy chart below, to see how we can help you.
|METRO IMAGING STANDARD & PREMIER
(ONLINE AND IN LAB)
|COLOUR MANAGED PRINTERS||COLOUR MANAGED PRINTERS||COLOUR MANAGEMENT|
|ADDING BORDERS ONLINE||COLOUR CORRECTION||COLOUR CORRECTION|
|X||ADDING BORDERS ONLINE||ADDING BORDERS|
|X||X||RESIZING AND CROPPING|
|X||X||MASTER FILE ARCHIVING|
|X||X||IN LAB AND ONLINE SERVICE|
Metroprint Standard (online only)
If you are happy to prepare your own files for printing, from colour-managing and calibrating your system to soft proofing your files, the Metroprint automated service is for you.
Using our tutorials and guides you can get everything ready for the perfect print. If your set up is optimised and you use our soft proof profiles, you will find your print colours satisfyingly accurate.
We will install the correct printer profile and individually colour manage the print outcome as exactly as possible.
Metroprint Premier (online only)
For an additional 50% of the standard Metroprint fees, the Metroprint Premier service has a print technician that will correct your colours to make sure they’re properly neutral and check that the blacks are black, the whites, white.
This quick expert judgement could make all the difference to your final print and help to avoid any disappointment.
After all, not everybody has time to download and softproof profiles and for those working on laptops, calibration will always be an issue.
We’ve been doing this for more than 35 years so it’s a simple case of letting us check it to make the improvements that will make that little bit of difference to the final result.
You can send instructions for specific images with your order or just ask us to look over the whole file, all the other standard Metroprint options apply with the same quick turnaround, it’s that simple.
The Bespoke Standard Service (Metro Imaging: online and in lab)
The Bespoke print service is aimed at clients who want high quality prints with a minimum of operator work. We can resize, add borders, colour correct and adjust your print according to your instructions. We do sometimes produce tests but usually for internal purposes. Ordinarily this service includes a quick ‘Once over’ screen check where you can have a quick look on our systems to make sure everything is OK.
For a simple job, this is usually sufficient but if you do need tests for your own reference, these will be charged at half price. Sit down time or Directed Printing is not included in the Standard Service price and as this is usually charged at £25 + vat per half hour, if you think you will need it, it’s probably best to choose the Premier Service where you have the benefit of other privileges, such as a dedicated printer and production manager.
The Bespoke Premier Service (Metro Imaging: online and in lab)
The Premier print service is aimed at clients who need more input than a simple on-screen check or quick test. Used by a broad cross section of clients, this service begins with a meeting to establish the parameters of the brief. You are introduced to a production manager and print technician, both of whom will stay with you for the duration of the job and indeed for the duration of your time working with Metro. This creates continuity and trust.
The dialogue between yourself and the print technician extends beyond the initial brief and emails and calls are passed back and forth over the duration of production.
We advise on paper types and their suitability, if required we will test on several media to find the most appropriate paper for the content.
Mac time is all included in working up the files; we provide at size or small tests depending on the final dimension of the work (generally anything up to 20×16″ is provided at size). Once the tests are signed off we produce the master set for approval.
We may make two revisions to any test procedure and after that we will charge at 50% off the list price for additional at size test prints.
We provide Certificates of Authenticity as a matter of course and also special wrap instructions for a nominal handling fee.
C Type prints and Giclée prints are two very different printing processes, one is a digital photographic print and the other is an inkjet print. Choosing the right paper for your image is very important.
Below is a handy guide to help make your choice easier. Don’t forget, you can always order a paper sample pack from us as well, to help you decide.
|FEATURE||C TYPE PAPERS||GICLÉE/INKJET PAPERS||BLACK AND WHITE PAPERS|
|GOOD ALL ROUNDER||✓|
|GOOD FOR WARM TONES||✓||✓|
|GOOD FOR MUTED BLACKS||✓||✓||✓|
|GOOD FOR ILLUSTRATION PRINTS||✓|
|GOOD FOR BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY||✓||✓|
|TENDENCY TO DAMAGE||✓|
|CAN BE MOUNTED||✓||✓||✓|
|CAN BE FRAMED||✓||✓||✓|
|CAN BE SEALED||✓||✓|
Ideal for exhibition printing and the perfect ‘all rounder’ paper type.
All Metroprints are produced on laser printers, giving optimum results for your images for colour accuracy, light fastness and archival quality.
Good for: all photographic work
Can be: mounted and framed
Ranging from German etching to Hahnemühle papers, our Giclée papers create the perfect finish to any fine art print. These textured papers give warmth to colour prints and tonal depth to black and white prints.
Good for: warm tones, muted blacks, illustrations.
Can be: mounted and framed
Metro is the only lab in the UK where you can order true black and white prints. If you want a colour cast free, genuine black and white print then our resin coated paper is for you.
Good for: all black and white photography
Can be: mounted, sealed and framed
We are able to frame your fine art photographs and illustrations with our bespoke high quality art framing service. While there is a limited range of classic frames available to order online. Offline we can frame your artwork in any number of styles and with a choice of thousands of different frame mouldings to complement your picture or illustration.
While it is more usual to frame fine art papers, whether for short term exhibitions, or to fit into your own picture frame, we can also mount your art papers on a variety of archival mounting materials.
Giclee papers are great for drawings and illustrations, and are on beautiful paper, for classic professional photos at very competitive prices, our C Type printing service is a great option.
We are the UK’s top professional printing lab, and we are able to guarantee to produce the largest and best professional C-type prints in the UK. Sizes go up to 120 x 72 inches, giving you a huge choice when it comes to producing large-scale billboard size prints.
If you are working with tight deadlines, you might be interested in our same day photo printing option available for Standard C-Type prints under 40 x 30 inches, for which the turnaround time is from 4 hours. For prints over 40 x 30 inches, the turnaround time is up to two working days. In the […]
Metro Print is the go-to-service for fast and easy online photo printing. If you feel confident in preparing your own files for print, simply upload the files and follow the guided steps, always with the option to upgrade and have an expert technician to review your ﬁle and make that lat tweak to ensure you […]