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What are the best photos to use?
Select photos that are in focus and where the heads of the subjects are at least dime-sized, preferably quarter-sized. A photograph in focus yields better results because the details in the photograph become more visible when the image is enlarged.

How long will my print last?
Monart's artist-grade canvas is laminated to protect the ink against UV rays and minimal exposure to moisture. Prints can last a lifetime providing that they are given proper care and handling. The difficulty in estimating exactly how many years a print will last depends on factors beyond Monart's control. Such factors include the print's exposure to sunlight, moisture, humidity, and handling. The print's owner is responsible for minimizing the print's exposure to damaging factors.

What is the optimal viewing distance?
Each picture has an optimal viewing distance. Just as you would not view a billboard from 2 feet away, the same concept applies to our prints. As a guideline, a 16" X 20" print should be viewed from at least 4 to 5 feet away. Larger prints should be viewed from an even greater distance. The optimal viewing distance is comfortable and ideal for an appreciation of the print's quality.

Why should I have my image saved onto a compact disc?
Saving your image onto a compact disc (CD), or archiving, is highly recommended if:
  • Your photograph has been restored or re-created; or
  • You have an original (one of a kind) irreplaceable photograph; or
  • You do not have your photograph's negative
You save time and money in the event that you, your relatives, or friends, want a printed copy of your image. The CD is your "digital negative" that enables you to build a library of personal memories that can be preserved for future generations. Depending on the file size, numerous images can be archived onto one CD.

What is a gallery wrap?
Gallery wrap is our most popular method of displaying canvas prints. The image on artist-grade canvas is completely wrapped around the edge and stapled to the back of the stretcher bars. This display method features the ability to view the image from all sides, giving a 3-D effect. Framing is not required.

What is a Giclée print?
The word Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) in French means "fine spray" or "to spray ink". It is an advanced digital method of Fine Art printing. Giclée prints are created by thin jets spraying droplets of vegetable-based resilient inks onto artist-grade canvas or Arches watercolour paper and achieve a similar look and feel to original paintings. Giclée prints are the closest reproduction to an original work of art. Giclée prints offer many advantages to artists:
  • Giclée prints are printed one at a time (on demand), and you are not committed to printing a minimum or maximum number of prints. Further, the same image can be printed in different sizes. Consequently, there is no obligation to finish an edition, you can customize an individual piece and its size, and gain better control of your time and cash flow.
  • Flexibility to interchange your substrates. You can print on artist-grade canvas and Arches watercolour paper to create different effects that appeal to different markets. You may re-strike your Giclée with your own paints, creating another individual "mixed media" piece.
  • Create professional portfolios containing images in your choice of sizes.
  • Create convenient thumbnail files for easy viewing of your artwork, for personal use of for displaying your artwork to clients.
  • Personalize or customize your artwork (with text, for example). Archive your Giclée prints or original artwork onto a compact disc, enabling you to build, preserve, and display a library of your artwork when needed.