Do I have to offer a Certificate of Authenticity?
There is no hard and fast rule that Certificates of Authenticity have to be offered to your print buyers, but both limited and open edition print runs are more often than not supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. Many print companies will offer this service with giclée editions, or you may wish to design and print your own, or design your own and then pass the file on to you print partner so that the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) can be made along with the print.
There are certain pieces of information that should always be included on your COA's and they are as follows: Name of the Artist/Photographer, Title of the image, Image Size, Print Medium, Print Media, Date of Issue, Edition Size (if limited), Edition Number (if limited).
Most COA's will also include a thumbnail image of the print in question and a statement to confirm that the print is an authentic giclée print. The certificate will, in the case of a limited edition print COA, be signed by both the artist and the printer to confirm it's validity.
With many years experience of image handling gained in the traditional photographic darkrooms behind them, Gary and Bob have transferred their knowledge and skills to the digital arena. photoArt GB prides itself in the level of personal friendly service provided, and we're always happy to talk through your specific requirements with you, tailoring our services to each individual clients needs.