Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Limited Edition?

Limited edition prints are created to a fixed size and quality specification, and certified to be limited in quantity to a certain maximum number of prints made to that size and specification for all time. Limited editions create an immediately appreciating market for such pieces, since there will only ever be, at most, that maximum number of them in existence.

The exclusive nature of a limited edition print effectively raises the value of all prints in that edition and, therefore, generally start at relatively higher prices that tend to increase over time as the number of available prints depletes.

All limited edition prints are signed by the artist and sequentially numbered (example: ‘1/100’, the numbering shows both the number of the print (the first number “1”) and the total number of impressions in that particular edition (second number “100”).

The processes and printing methods used in making every limited edition released by Another Fine Mess (i.e. serigraph printing) produce a very distinctive result that may vary slightly from print to print, making every piece a truly unique work of art. You will receive a certificate which validates the authenticity of the work and the cooperation between the artist and Another Fine Mess. In addition, the certificate provides you with detailed information such as the paper and print techniques that were used, print date and edition size.

What is an Open Edition?

Unlike limited edition prints, open edition prints are created in unlimited quantities to either a single size and quality specification, or a variety of different sizes and specifications without restriction. This makes them accessible to more collectors since there is no limitation on the availability of new prints, and also less valuable as rare collectibles over time since their future supply will be unlimited. Open edition prints therefore generally start at lower prices than respective limited edition prints, and represent a much more affordable way to acquire a desired artist’s work.

What kind of archival pigment inks do you print with?

For all of our archival pigment prints, we use Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink technology, which represents the standard by which all other professional level ink technologies are measured. 

Epson's all new 8-color pigmented ink set incorporates three unique levels of black, which along with new color pigment technology, dramatically improves both color and black and white prints.

Incorporating high density pigments, Epson UltraChrome K3 produces prints with an extremely wide color gamut allowing the reproduction of colors that were originally envisioned at the point of capture. With its expanded color gamut and breakthrough 8-color system, no other ink set can reproduce the three dimensional lifelike quality and stunning photographic feel of Epson UltraChrome K3.

Utilizing a unique three level black ink technology, Epson UltraChrome K3 ink significantly improves overall gray balance while enhancing midtone and highlight detail yielding a smoother tonal range. And by virtually eliminating metamerism and bronzing, both black and white and color prints can be produced with the look and feel of a traditional photograph while utilizing all the advantages of a digital workflow.

Epson UltraChrome K3 ink incorporates High-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulatio™ Technology along with unique screening algorithms and Light Light Black ink that significantly reduces gloss differential. There is no longer any compromise for professionals that require glossy prints that have excellent longevity and durability.

With two different black ink modes - Photo Black and Matte Black - Epson UltraChrome K3 provides an innovative solution to optimize the black ink density for various media types. Photo Black ink can be used for all media types with professional quality results. The optional Matte Black ink significantly increases black optical density when printing on matte and fine art type papers.

Epson UltraChrome K3 ink has improved print permanence characteristics that provide lightfastness ratings of up to 108 years for color and over 200 years for black and white under industry accepted display conditions.

What kind of paper are your fine art prints printed on?

We print all of our non-photographic archival pigment prints on 250gsm, Epson® UltraSmooth fine art paper for true archival quality. 

Epson UltraSmooth fine art paper is an acid free, 100% cotton hot press paper that is coated on both sides for extra versatility. This cylinder mould-made substrate features an ultra smooth finish on two sides that is engineered for use with our Epson UltraChrome K3™ pigment ink set. This fine art paper is not only acid, lignin, and chlorine free, it is also pH buffered with calcium carbonate for a true archival print media designed to provide the highest resolution and color saturation possible. 

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