Who Are We?
Our main activities are digital photographic printing, handmade framing and the assembly of contemporary artwork. With over 20 years' experience of printing and handmade framing, we have helped artists, illustrators and photographers from all over the UK and abroad to reproduce and frame their artwork. We specialise in Epson Digigraphie printing which allows reproductions of work printed to a high quality specification. And as members of the Fine Art Trade Guild , you know that we are working to the Guild's very high standards, giving buyers extra confidence in both the quality of the artwork and the framing.
Fine Art Guild Code of Ethics
- Observe the highest standards of integrity in all transactions.
- Protect the interests of their customers.
- Avoid the use of false, confusing, inaccurate or misleading terms, descriptions and claims.
- Make every effort to reach an amicable and speedy solution in the event of a dispute with a customer.
- Maintain adequate insurance protection to suit their business and customers' needs.
- Represent itself as a member of the Guild only whilst a current member.
- Maintain and enhance the reputation, standing and good name of the Guild and its membership.
- Contribute to the advancements of the profession through development and support of Guild standards, the education of fellow members and consumers.
- Recognise the authority of the Guild in all matters relating to the interpretation of this code of ethics.
- Fine Art Trade Guild member
- Epson Digigraphie Approved Photographic Laboratory
- Mirage Digigraphie Sofware
- FUJI HUNT OASIS QC Control Software. Quality is the defining attribute of any business for the final product, levels of service and delivery, and as such we use the Fuji Process Control software
- FSC and PEFC Chain of custody which guarantees responsible and sustainable forest management for the moulding and mountboard we use.
Premier Image is committed to protecting the environment. We are continually looking for new ways to improve the environmental performance of our business activities.
Perfect Prints Everytime
Our Production Process
All prints undergo an inspection process checking for colour consistency, manipulation errors and any faults within the print media. Images are also checked for poor resolution and sharpness to ensure the highest quality print is produced.
If you have chosen to have your prints framed then they will be passed to board mounting. Using a Press your prints will be fixed to strong adhesive card which will prolong the life of your prints and stop the prints warping or rippling inside the frame.
Our framing department will cut and assemble your ordered frame which is hand made and inspected to the highest quality checks. We first check the moulding for defects to ensure consistency. The frame moulding is cut using precision machinery to ensure mitre joins align smoothly. The frame is then glued and pinned, this process ensures the frame has strong corner joints and stays sturdy through the years.
Once assembled, your frame is then passed on to our frame finishers who file any slight overhangs the frame may have before finishing the frame corners using purpose made finishing pastes, these pastes are purposely produced to match our frame colours as closely as possible resulting in a professionally finished frame.
We have cutting edge machinery developed with the sole purpose of creating mount cards, this machinery is able to cut both bevelled or straight cuts. It is also capable of cutting multiple mounts with many custom apertures. The possibilities are endless.
Once your prints reach our assembly department, they are matched with your mounts and frames by our experienced assembly staff. Our assembly team then begin to mount your images onto your chosen mount cards using framing tape.
Your mounted image is then placed under glass, the assembly operater ensures no dust is between the glass and mounted image before sealing the glass and mount card to ensure no dust ever gets inside your product.
The mounted and glassed print is then placed within the frame and an mdf back board is fixed to the rear of the product and pinned in place. This ensures the print is secure and further strengthens the product.
Once pinned the product has a final check for dust or faults before being sealed. The rear of the product is sealed with high quality framing tape, giving the products rear a quality finish.
The final step in the assembly process is attaching the hanging string. The string is attached using quality d-rings and once tied off any loose ends are taped up to give the string a professional finish.
Before moving on to dispatch the product is packaged using a protective film bag and protective foam corners, this ensures your product stays safe during the delivery process.
All box packaging is now produced in-house using cutting edge CAD machinery, this ensures that every product, even our bespoke frames come with perfectly sized packaging.