You can purchase digital reproductions of historic and cultural images directly from this secure web site either as archival prints or downloadable digital files. Sizes may vary depending on the aspect ratio of the original image. The approximate size is based on the longest edge of the original image and as a result, the short edge may vary.
Archival prints are made using Epson Professional Inkjet Printers with Epson’s archival Ultrachrome inks and various archival materials, including photographic papers and canvas. Digital archival printing offers advantages such as increased archival stability, photo restoration and color correction opportunities, and consistency in producing multiple quantities.
The exact sizes and archival substrates available for prints vary depending on the size, condition and resolution of the source material. Here are descriptions of our archival materials:
- Enhanced Matte Paper - matte finish with smooth, bright white paper - most economical archival paper option - best for maps and atlases
- Luster/Satin Paper - satin finish with pearl luster appearance - superior image quality and scratch resistance - best for black & white and color photographs
- Somerset Velvet Paper - velvet finish with radiant white surface - rich details and exceptional contrast - best for fine art illustrations and watercolor paintings
- Canvas Giclée - matte or semi-gloss finishes available - canvas is sprayed with UV and scratch resistant protective overcoat - some canvases are available with standard stretching with white border of the canvas on the outside edge of the stretcher bar and staples on the reverse side - best for fine art oil paintings
We select the most appropriate archival substrates and sizes to best fit each particular image collection. Depending on the type of archival material used, these prints have an archive life of between 75 - 200 years of lightfastness under proper lighting conditions.
Additional sizes and archival substrates are available. Please contact us for an estimate at email@example.com.
Downloadable Digital Files
Downloadable digital images are available in high-resolution TIFF format and/or low-resolution JPEG format, depending on the original source material. TIFF files have a minimum resolution of 8” X 10” at 300 dpi. JPEG files have a minimum resolution of 8” x 10” at 72 dpi. The TIFF format is the archival standard with lossless compression and allows you the most flexibility to modify the resolution, color space and file format for your particular output medium, i.e. CMYK for offset printing.
In order for these images to appear as close to the original as possible, we apply a variety of imaging enhancements and corrections to the digital files which may include tonal levels, brightness/contrast, color adjustments, cropping, rotation, and photo restoration.
Please keep in mind that these are digital images of often historic materials, and therefore may contain blemishes, scratches, tears, and other imperfections.
Downloadable digital files that you purchase will not have the watermark that appears on the web site.
Digital images are available for immediate download after purchase by clicking the Downloads link on the My Account page.
Delivery on CD–ROM or DVD-ROM is available as well--please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher resolution files are available upon request by contacting us at email@example.com.
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