Printing Terms Reference Sheet - Poster Collecting #101 – YADIGGIT Urban Art
  • Printing Terms Reference Sheet

    Some common Poster and Screen Print art terminology every new collector should know. 

    Please enjoy our quick reference guide and feel free to comment with additional terms and references for our new collectors.

    Printing Terminology

    What exactly does "limited edition" mean?
    The vast majority of our items are limited edition, which means that we only make a very small quantity of each print, usually less than one hundred copies. Once a print is sold out, it's discontinued and typically never made available again. Every print we sell is hand-numbered and usually signed by the artist as well.
    How are your digital prints made, and what the heck is a "giclee"?!
    Our digital prints are produced in-house on our top of the line, large format Epson 9900 and 7900 printers. MicroPiezo TFP™ print heads ensure precision print accuracy, and the 10 color ink system creates the widest ranging color gamut available in print. Our HDR inks are archival and UV resistant, with a lightfastness rating of up to 200 years to ensure they remain vibrant for decades. 
    Giclee (pronounced "zhee-klay") is just a fancy way to say fine art digital prints.
    What type of paper do you use for your digital prints?
    Our house stock is a 300# Italian textured watercolor paper. It's acid-free to ensure it doesn't brown or fade over time and every print is hand-trimmed to size.
    What is a screen print?
    Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed.

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