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10-11-2017, 02:32 PM   #1
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Recommend a fine art print service in UK?

I am hoping to provide a small print (8"x10" or 11"x14") to a person in the UK, who is going to be making a donation to a charity I support (related to the image) in exchange for the print.

She is willing to pay the shipping for the print from the US, but I've looked into shipping costs and they seem ridiculously high. USPS is the lowest (around $25) for a flat package (print sandwiched in cardboard with a bit of bubble wrap in a thin box. UPS and Fedex seem to want close to $100 or more, which seems crazy.

So I'm looking into the possibility of finding a reliable fine art printer who could make the print in the UK and ship it to the recipient. The print is a bit tricky because of the tones (lots of near whites and some tricky detail), so I either want to make the print myself (which seems cost-prohibitive) or trust it to someone recommended and reliable.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

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Contact these people and explain your situation. I don't use them for "fine art prints", but they do provide that service. They have always been very quick and helpful, and I am sure will work with you to get the print looking right.

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I agree with Peter (pschlute). I've used DS Colour Labs for both their standard prints and their "fine art" inkjet prints. For the standard prints you can download profiles from their site for soft proofing, but for the "fine art" prints I had to search for profiles for the same inks and paper elsewhere online, which wasn't ideal. Print quality is consistently excellent.
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I agree DS Colour put out very nice standard prints I have used them in the past after downloading ICC profiles for softproofing. For the standard service I would recommend (Disclosure: I have worked with them in the past albeit in the dark analogue days, but have no link now).

My concern as stated above why no profiles for fine art prints and limiting of gamut to sRGB as many printers are able to exceed this and in fact exceed certain areas of even Adobe RGB.

One place I have seen advertised (never used) is Whitewall and they do mention ICC profiles.
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Yes, DSCL are the ones for me. There are 'finer artier' people out there for thrice the cost, but DSCL are as excellent. I did once receive a print with the wrong finish, but one call and they redid it for me and rushed it out same day along with a credit note to say sorry. You need to understand Yorkshire if you intend calling them, mind...
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
You need to understand Yorkshire if you intend calling them, mind...
drat, that rules me out then
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
You need to understand Yorkshire if you intend calling them, mind...
Nah lad tha hasta speak Manc
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I have to say that after a couple of years using DS Colour labs I've stopped using them now. They're keen on price, but I had to reproduce some watercolours with as close a colour match as possible and they simply couldn't get anywhere near. Tried Loxley Colour in Glasgow and they were spot on. Loxley's service is far superior to my mind and not that much more expensive. DS weren't consistently bad. It just seemed that every so often some print would become a nightmare. The service is generally good, I just can't risk them with critical prints.

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