Our artist services staff are trained in photography, printmaking, sculpture or painting and have years of combined experience working collaboratively with artists to produce something more than a reproduction. The digital imagers and printmakers at Electric Works can tackle any project: from initial design, to color correction; from typography to book printing; from photography to woodblock printing, there is no project beyond our scope. We offer full design services for artists looking to make a single print all the way up to a multi-hundred page fine art book. Through the years we have found that this atmosphere of collaboration creates lasting bond between our team and our clients.
The photographic services are unparalleled in the Bay Area. We custom built a reflectionless 15' by 20' professional grade photographic studio capable of working with just about any size artwork. Sculpture, flat artwork, collaborative projects and on-location collection archiving are just some of the services we offer. We bring the very best digital fine art documentation to artists, collectors, galleries and museums with the need to preserve, record and document.
1. I am bringing you a file to print. What are your specs?
The most straightforward answer to this question is: "an RGB or grayscale, flattened TIFF (no channels), 300 dpi at print size on a CD." If that makes sense, read no further. If it doesn't, read on:
• RGB (Red / Green / Blue) is a good device-independent color space for your files. If you've already gone ahead and made a CMYK transformation, go ahead and bring it in, but color matching may be more of an issue.
• flattened TIFFs are the easiest to work with files. We can read any files editable by Photoshop, but additional charges may apply if we have to do preproduction work. If you are bringing in files from Illustrator, Quark, or InDesign, please make the image into an eps, and include all fonts, and placed images.
• 300 dpi should in most cases be fine for any of your prints needs. If you feel you need more resolution, we'll be happy to print that for you, too.
• CDs are best. DVDs, especially some burned on PCs can be a little tricky. Zips, Jaz, MO, floppies, tapes are all sadly things of the past. If you have something you need retrieved from some older medium, please let us know and in many cases we'll be able to help out. Retrieving files from extinct media are charged at our usual shop rate of $100 / hour.
2. I have a painting. Should I get slides or 4 x 5's made of it so you can scan them?
Actually, and thankfully, no.
We have an extremely high resolution PhaseOne digital scanning back on a 4x5 camera that will do the trick better than traditional film. Please see our scanning page for more information on why this is so great.
3. I already have 4x5's, what should I do?
Well, it's up to you, honestly. We will get you a better scan from your original than you can get from those 4x5's, but if you must, please check our price list for 4x5 scanning rates.
4. What papers and canvases do we print on?
The Epson and the Mimaki both require coated papers. We stock a variety of watercolor papers: Somerset Enhanced, a 330 gsm bright white paper with a slightly rough texture, as well as a 180 gsm version of this paper and a 550 gsm board; Illuminata Photo Cotton 300 gsm, a smooth natural white 300 gsm stock, (also available in 190 gsm), Photobase Lustre and Glossy papers, Hahnemühle Photo Rag and German etching papers. We use Magic canvas, a fairly fine-grained bright white gesso on an acid-free cotton canvas. We also offer clear film, frosted backlit film, and Tyvek.
5. What can we not print on?
Uncoated stocks — like raw canvas or regular watercolor paper. It just doesn't turn out that well. You're more than welcome to try, but we don't think you'll be happy.
6. Why should I coat my canvas prints?
In addition to protecting the canvas from scuffing, the semi-gloss coating is a UV protectant that extends the life of your print. It also makes the print look richer, adding depth to colors.
7. How long does it take to get prints?
Our standard turnaround to scan and make a first proof of an original is three days, and three days for any addditional proofing, if necessary. Once the piece is approved, the standard turnaround for delivery of final prints is one week, provided that the order is under 20 linear feet. We do not scan and proof while the client is waiting unless the client wishes to pay a 100% rush charge.
8. Can you print from 35mm slides?
Yes, but it is not our preference. The largest print you can make from a 35mm scan is 16" x 20". Any larger and the film grain becomes very obvious. We can also print small digital files from cameras, but the size is limited to the resolution at which the image was shot.
9. Can I ftp files to you for output?
Give us a call and we'll set you up with an account. It'll take about 60 seconds to give you the information. For those uneasy with ftp, you might want to try a service like wetransfer.com.