What’s the difference between Open Edition and Limited Edition Prints?
There are a few small things that establish the difference between the two options. Limited Editions are considered archival, and utilize special papers to ensure imaging excellence and longevity. These prints have a higher price point and are treated as collectable, fine art pieces that will be limited to the market. Depending on artist preference, this may be a small run from 25 to as high as 750 pieces. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Limited Edition Prints are generally for fine art enthusiasts, (first time) collectors and consumers who prefer quality over quantity. They come hand signed and numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity and complimentary sticker.
Open Editions are works that are endlessly reproduced. Their primary function is to make an artist’s work accessible to the general public. While the colors and print quality are not compromised, they are not archival or created to have a longterm shelf life. Because of this, an Open Edition Print is priced substantially lower than a Limited Edition Print.
What is an Archival Print?
Often referred to as a “Giclée” (zhee-klay), it is a digital printing process to produce high quality art that will last for a long time, and far superior to all other forms of printing. It is the choice option in reproduction of original art for galleries across the world, and to output digital works by photographers, illustrators and fine artists.
Archival Prints are dependent upon two factors, high end pigment inks and special quality fine art papers. For the Archival Prints on this site, a Velvet Fine Art paper is used in conjunction with a 9 color Epson UltraChrome HD pigment ink system. These two combined ensure a shelf life of 150 years + (with proper care) before any degradation of quality. This means that an Archival Print print you purchase from this site will most likely outlive you!
How do I care for my Archival Print?
With any type of printed matter, direct sunlight can speed up fading and color degradation. It is advised that you frame your print behind glass (a UV resistant glass provides the best protection), and that you not hang your piece where it will be in direct, consistent contact with the sun. These prints should also be handled with care, avoiding excessive touching with bare hands.