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Art Print Center

The Art Print Center is located in FA4-107C, across from the School of Art Administration Office.

General Information

Spring 2021 Hours

  • Due to COVID-19, the Art Print Center will be closed until face-to-face instruction resumes.

Services Offered

The School of Art Print Center offers the following services:

  • Art prints on high-quality paper using professional Epson inkjet printers
  • Classroom Locker Rentals
  • Video gear lending to students for School of Art Gallery Exhibitions

Art Gallery video equipment check-out

One of the services offered by the Print Center is video equipment reservations and check-out for use in the School of Art Galleries. The Print Center is open on Thursday evenings until 6:45 PM so those who are de-installing their gallery exhibitions can return video equipment. See the "Gallery Equipment" menu item on the left or click here for more information.

Locker Rentals

There are lockers in some classrooms which may be rented for the semester to store supplies (small lockers) or work (flat file lockers). One of each may be rented if both are available in the classroom. Locker rental is $5 per locker. Proof of enrollment is required for each classroom in which a locker is rented. For more information please inquire at the Print Center.

Hours may be different during the first week of school and Finals Week. Please see postings outside Print Center, FA4-107C.

Printing Services

Epson Color Prints up to 24 inches wide

We can print your work on any of our four Epson printers:

  • Epson SP 4800 — 16"-wide Premium Luster Photo Paper
  • Epson SP 4880 — 17"-wide Enhanced Matte
  • Epson SP 4900 — 17"-wide Enhanced Matte or Velvet Art Paper
  • Epson SureColor 7000P — 24"-wide Enhanced Matte, Semi-Gloss, Premium Glossy, Premium Luster, or Velvet Art Paper

NOTE: Prints take approximately one minute per inch to print.

Color or B&W Laser prints while you wait

While the ink jet printers produce a superior art print, they are slower and more expensive to use than laser printers. If you are in a hurry or just need a draft print you may choose a laser print from our Hewlett-Packard Black or Color lasers. Laser prints are available in letter (8½" x 11") and tabloid (11" x 17").

Scanning

Our Epson Expression 10000 scanner is capable of single-pass scans of up to 11" x 17". Multi-pass scans are available for larger originals, but be aware that the Print Center will not be responsible for exposure and shadowing issues associated with scanning items larger than the scan surface. Scanning books costs extra. We will not break book bindings in order to scan them.

Attention

Digital Editing - The Print Center will not perform any editing. It is up to you to bring your files ready to print.

Dimensions - Know the dimensions of your artwork. If your artwork is a different size from what you order then your job will be put aside until we can contact you to ask what to do about it.

Fonts - the Print Center will not install fonts required to print your job. This is why PDF or Photoshop are the best files to bring.

Pricing

The Print Center can only accept payment via Beach Club or I.D. cards, and you must have sufficient funds on your card when you place an order with the Print Center. Funds can be transfered to your University I.D. using "Value Transfer Stations" (VTS) found in these locations:

  • University Art Store in FA3, ask at the checkout counter
  • University Library, one behind the elevators and one on the lower level
  • University Student Union, just outside the food court
  • Horn Center, across form computer lab
  • University Dining Plaza, outside the Beachwalk Cafe
  • The Outpost, in Convenience Store

Key to Paper Types

In the price list below the names of papers the following shortened paper names are used to make the list more readable:

  • Matte → Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper, aka Epson Enhanced or Archival Matte
  • Semigloss → Epson Premium Semigloss 170 Photo Paper
  • Glossy → Epson Premium Glossy 250 Photo Paper
  • Luster → Epson Premium Luster 260 Photo Paper
  • Velvet → Somerset Velvet Art Paper
  • Letter → 8½" x 11" Hammermill Color laser paper
  • Tabloid → 11" x 17" Hammermill Color laser paper

Epson Color Printing by the Sheet

Type and size Price
13" x 19" Matte $7.00
17" x 22" Matte $11.00

Epson 17"-wide Roll Printing, per inch

Paper Rate Minimum Length
Matte 50¢ 12"
Luster (16" wide) 75¢ 12"

24"-wide Roll Printing, per inch

Paper Rate Minimum Length
Matte $1.00 18"
Semigloss $1.00 18"
Luster $1.50 18"
Velvet $1.50 18"

Color Laser Prints, per page

Paper Price
Letter 75¢
Tabloid $1.50

B&W Laser Prints, per page

Quantity Letter Tabloid
10 pages or less 40¢ ea 75¢ ea

Scanning

Size up to 360 dpi over 360 dpi
Single-pass, up to scan bed size $2.00 $4.00
Bound materials $4.00 $7.00

Over-size scans that must be repositioned for multiple passes may exhibit color and proportion mismatching. The buyer is responsible for stitching together the resulting files and for correcting any such issues.

For Best Printing Results

File Formats

  • The Print Center can print PSD, JPEG, TIFF, and PDF files.
  • Photoshop files must be flattened to one layer and should not exceed a resolution of 360 pixels per inch.
  • Non-rasterized/outlined fonts must be from the standard Adobe Creative Suite or Apple fonts selections. The Print Center will not install special fonts for individual jobs.
  • Full-bleed prints are only supported for raster (pixels) files output on roll paper. Even then minor trimming may be necessary.

Color Space and Resolution

  • Our Epson printer drivers and profiles are designed to work best in the RGB color space. CMYK files may exhibit somewhat inaccurate color.
  • Printing from Photoshop offers the best color accuracy, so use Photoshop whenever possible.
  • Don't embed color profiles into your files. The Print Center will ignore them and use the profiles that go with the paper you have chosen.
  • For best results we recommend using images of 360 ppi (pixels per inch). This is because the maximum resolution for the Epson printers we use is 2880 dpi (dots per inch) and each pixel from your image is composed of many printer dots. Since 360 is an even division of 2880 it constitutes the "sweet spot" in image resolution at which you achieve the maximum sharpness with best color accuracy. Higher resolutions than 360 ppi don't help and may slow down the printing process.

Document Dimensions

Know the dimensions of your document. Files that turn out to be larger than what you ordered will be put on hold until we are able to contact you to resolve the discrepancy.

Other Important Information

Payment

The Print Center can only accept payment via I.D. cards or Beach Club gift cards, and you must have sufficient funds on your card when you place an order with the Print Center. Funds can be transfered to your University I.D. at the Art Store or using the "Value Transfer Stations" (VTS) found in these locations:

  • University Library, one behind the elevators and one on the lower level
  • University Student Union, just outside the food court
  • Horn Center, across form computer lab
  • University Dining Plaza, outside the Beachwalk Cafe
  • The Outpost, in Convenience Store

Printing Time

The high-quality Epson printers we use average about a minute per inch to print. In addition, each job takes a few minutes to set up for printing to these devices, so don't expect to get your print from these devices in just a few minutes. This is especially true if you are not first in line. On days when assignments are due we are often quite busy, so be sure you place your order several hours (or a few days) before the work is due. If you are in a hurry, color laser prints are completed much more quickly.

Orders placed near the end of a work day may be delayed until the next day if there isn't time to get to them that day.