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I like to produce art. At present I am a hobbyist level artist, and that will quite possibly not change.

At present i get hardcopy printings by uploading a PDF document to the website of Viking Virtual Print House, pay a fee, and they print from the PDF document and I receive the printings delivered by Royal Mail. I have enquired and i have been informed that they use laser digital printing.

Can someone explain please what sort of printing technology would be used for top quality art prints of the type that get sold in limited editions for quite large amounts of money? (I recognize that some of the cost is to reward the artist for the content and only part is because of the cost of the physical printing process.)

Also, as regards exporting from Affinity Designer.

If I want to produce PDF documents, maybe one for each artwork, or two, or more, for each artwork depending upon the answer to this question, what type or types of PDF document do I need to produce such that I can send a PDF document to Viking Virtual Print House to get a printing, yet be ready, should the opportunity arise, of a top quality printing process art print being produced?

William

Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England.

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56 minutes ago, William Overington said:

Can someone explain please what sort of printing technology would be used for top quality art prints of the type that get sold in limited editions for quite large amounts of money?

Giclée springs to mind as the obvious choice for top quality art prints. The size of a limited edition is up to the artist, but the price of each print will depend not only on that size but also on the value attached to the particular artist’s work.

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