What is a limited edition print?
Limited Edition prints means that the artists will only print a certain amounts of copies of a particular artwork and once they are sold, there won’t be more available.
There are even no rules about how these “Limited Edition Prints” should be; it is commonly understood that the prints should be all the same size, type of print and paper.
Once the artists decide how many copies will be available of that particular artwork, they will be signed and numbered indicating the number of the copy and the total amount of copies the artist will print.
Usually an edition of 100 copies cannot be called “Limited Edition”. A classic limited edition is between 5 to 20 copies. If you are planning to print between 1 to 5 copies, we get closer to the almost original artwork.
Is it beneficial for the artists?
Yes it is. Same as an artist paints one aquarelle as an example, and that painting is unique, printing a certain number of artworks will make it also more valuable.
What kind of artworks can be included on “Limited Edition Prints”?
Starting with photos but not limited as, basically, any kind of artwork that will be shown/exhibited on a paper, canvas or similar can be printed on “Limited Edition Print”.
Digital photos, digital art & designs are easy to print as Limited Editions as they are already digital. If the original is a painting the process will be a little more complicated as we need to get the digital file first.
As “Limited Editions” are more expensive than “Open Editions”, how can the buyer be sure that the total amount of prints will be the ones that the artist said?
First you need to see carefully the front of the print. Just underneath the artwork you will find:
- The signature of the artists
- The date of the creation of the original work
- And some numbers indicating the number of that copy/print and the number of the total prints the artist made. As an example: 2/40, it means this is the 2nd copy of a total of 40.
Is there any other sign I, as buyer should look for?
Yes, when you buy a “Limited Edition Print” you will expect your artwork to last for a long time. The kind of paper used is very important. Cotton based and acid-free paper will make your artwork last for longer. As a minimum standard, this kind of paper warranty (in combination with the inks used for the prints) the copy of the artwork will last, at least, 30 years or more (depending on the environmental conditions, of course).
A stamp or similar from the printing company will help you to identify the paper. Also you will receive a Limited Edition Print Certificate.
What is a Certificate of Limited Edition Print?
In order to warranty that the “Limited Edition” is really a limited edition, the certificate contains information on the artist, the title of the work, the media used and the number and date of the edition.
It can be supplied by the artist itself but, in order for the buyer to be sure about the authenticity of the limited edition, it should be provided/signed by the printing company too.
A Certificate of Authenticity of the Limited Edition Print is not only a great marketing tool but also a useful benefit for your buyer.
How can I get a Certificate of Authenticity of the Limited Edition?
First you need to decide how many copies of your artwork you want to print. Then you can buy those certificates in order to add them to your copies.
As long as you buy the certificates first, you do not need to actually print the copies of the artwork all together. The information about your “Limited Editions Prints” will be added to the database (that can be seen by the buyer too) along with the digital file, and you can order the prints when you need them. Once you reach the amount of the prints you declare in the certificate, the digital file will be deleted and you will not be able to print more copies.
Certificate of the Limited Edition are available only for Archival Quality Prints
You can order your certificates here: