What Is Giclée (Fine Art) Printing

We get lots of questions each day about printing and there are a few printing buzzwords that come up frequently that unfortunately don’t have short definitive answers.  Let’s call them “loaded buzzwords” since the terms can open up a lengthy discussion and create confusion rather than definitive answers particularly if you peruse the subjects in printing forums.  One such topic of discussion is giclee printing and what constitutes a “giclee print”.  There are some critical key components to look out for which we’ll get into later.


Guide To Preparing Your Photos For Printing

We have just released a detailed guide on best practices for preparing your photos for printing at Bumblejax.  A portion of the guide will be more geared towards photographers and graphic designers, but it’s worth a read for anyone sending their photos to a print lab.  Every lab will have different requirements, but the tips on file type, monitor calibration, dark prints, etc are good general tips for printing your photos.  Below is a cliffs notes version of the article and you can see the detailed printing guide here. 

Accepted File Types: JPG (preferred), TIFF, PDF.
Max File Size Accepted: 100MB for online orders; unlimited for offline.  Best to send as native resolution (no resizing).
Color Space:  Send as RGB, not CMYK.  The sRGB space is most common.  Adobe 1998 is best if you know what you’re doing.
Bleed: We do that for you.
Color Accuracy: Unless your monitor is professionally calibrated, your print color may not match your monitor.
Avoid Dark Prints: View the photo on your monitor at around 50-60% brightness to better represent a print.
Color Correction/Editing:  We never change color without customer inquiry and approval.  If we feel a photo needs sharpening, denoising or a touch of lightening we’ll take care of it.  Minor editing such as removing red eye we also take care of at no charge.

Link To Detailed Printing Guide.



How To View Your Photo At Actual Print Size In Photoshop

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Does your photo need resizing for a larger print?  Which software is best?  Get a look at our machine learning, AI resizing solution in this new article.  Check out our image resizing article here!


Over the years we have found that most customers aren’t aware they can view their images at actual print size in photoshop and if they are, they aren’t doing it properly so that’s the basis for today’s post.  There are a few steps to calibrating Photoshop properly so that the view you see when going to View — Print Size is the actual print size.

The Big Problem – Photoshop Doesn’t Know Your Screen Resolution

If you simply go to View — Print Size it’s going to show you the image zoomed in to your print size, but based on the default screen resolution within Photoshop of 72 ppi.  You will need to find out what your screen resolution is and make the change in the Photoshop settings which we’ll get to in a bit.


Print Your Panoramic Photos!

With the ease of creating panoramic photos with the new iPhone models and many cameras, many more people are capturing the full spectrum of what they see whether it be the entire family for a group photo, that stunning horizon or urban landscape.  If you’re like me, you have likely often said to yourself, “The picture just isn’t doing this justice.”  Panoramic photos help bring a bit more justice to what you’re seeing.

Now that you’ve got that pano shot on your phone or camera, how about bringing to life by displaying at home or in the office?  Sure, you could go to many online print shops and get a panoramic photo printed.  You can get it done on the cheap at Walmart or Costco, but if you’re looking for something high quality and unique you’ll want to think a bit outside the box on this one.


Iowa Engineering Firm Modus Displays Projects Using BumbleJax Face Mounted Plexiglass

We just finished a large printing project for Modus, an Iowa based mechanical and electrical engineering firm.  Bumblejax was asked to produce sixteen 24″ x 36″ face-mounted plexiglass prints showcasing many of Modus’s projects for the open house of their new office building.  We really enjoyed working with Chris Davis and company at Modus and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

If you are a business, artist, clown, fireman, nurse or anyone else and are looking for more then a few prints or want a custom size, call us for a quote (1-877-518-5187) or email us at support@bumblejax.com. We will get back to you lightning quick or dinner is on me!

What Is Face Mounting?

Face mounting is a process that involves applying an optically clear adhesive to the face of the print then adhering the print to acrylic, otherwise known as plexiglass.  Once the print is adhered to the acrylic, a backing material like dibond (best) or sintra is adhered to the back of the print to protect the print and provide rigidity to the art.  The backer also provides the surface to adhere the hanging and floating hardware which provides that modern, floating off the wall look.

If you’re a professional photographer or artist, this is an excellent choice for differentiating yourself from the pack.  Acrylic face mounting gives prints a very modern and vibrant look which is great for the home or showing your work in a gallery.

Here you can see a video we did a few years back showing the entire process (a  few minor changes have been made since) and no, we never put our logo on your prints.  This was just a promo piece we did!

5 Reasons Why We Like Aluminum Mounted Digital Prints.

Aluminum prints created by printing and mounting to raw aluminum.

Before I get started, let me just say that we’re not referring to the popular “metal prints” here where the ink is applied directly to the metal in a dye sublimation process.  Our aluminum prints are made by printing to professional grade photo paper and mounting the image onto 1/8″ thick raw aluminum.  Why do we do it this way?  For one,  you get a superior color gamut not to mention far less risk of fading over time.  Our inks are rated to last 100 years whereas even quality metal prints are rated to last around 50 years (yes, still a long time!).  The problem with some metal prints manufacturers is that they use cheap inks and cheap metal and we’ve heard of some of these fading in mere months.  If you’re a photographer reselling your work this could be disastrous so know what you are buying and how they are made.

Here are 5 reasons why our aluminum prints can be a great choice for your wall!

1) Aluminum is a modern and fashionable way to display photography. I’ve seen professional photographers show their work in galleries using aluminum panels.

2) Besides being one of my favorite option for displaying photographs, aluminum displayed photographs look great in any home decor.

3) These aluminum panels are recyclable and stainless although considering you’re getting quite a bit of raw aluminum which carries some value,  don’t recycle for free 🙂  We’re guessing you won’t need to consider this option since your aluminum print will look awesome for many years to come.

4) Aluminum is very durable. You will never have to worry about dinging up the corners with this material unless of course it’s a significant drop on the corner.  Please don’t do this 🙂

5) The aluminum we use is 1/8″ thick and floats 3/4″ off the wall.  This gives it a sleek and modern floating off the wall look

Do you have a favorite photo you’d like printed and mounted to Aluminum?  You can see more details about our aluminum prints here or place your order online here.