|What is giclee?|
|Giclee is a technology and giclee is a product of the giclee technology. |
As a technology, it is a process of reproduction of fine art pieces using a special high-end museum quality inkjet printer to make individual copies that have a longevity of more than 100 years.
As a product of that technology, it is a museum quality print either on canvas or on watercolor paper that is normally hand signed and numbered by an artist.
Giclee process is popular among fine artists and photographers who specialise in fine art photography.
|How to care for your giclee print on canvas?|
|Giclee print on canvas manufactured at LIGiclee.com is very durable. The colors are guarantied to have a longevity of more than 100 years under normal lighting conditions. This guarantee comes from the manufacturers of inks (Canon and Epson) as well as from manufacturers of our canvasses, papers and varnish mediums that are carefully selected by us to insure the top quality of the final giclee print. |
Your varnished canvas giclee print should be displayed in a dry environment under normal (electric) lighting conditions. The canvas is very similar to the regular artists canvas and may expand and contract due to changes in humidity. Should it expand to the point that it shows soft waves on the surface (similar to what you see on some paintings in museums), you can tighten it up by spraying water on the back of it and letting it dry.
|Do you do giclee prints of drawings? (pencil, face portrait) It`s about 14`x 13`. Printed on a board? acid free paper?|
|Yes, we reproduce all kinds of artworks, including drawings on fine art water color paper.|
|I`m particularly interested in your hand embellishing capabilities, both varnish and applied acrylic paint. Are samples available?|
|Yes, you can make an appointment with us to come in and review the samples.|
|Do you ship stretched canvases and if you do how much does it cost?|
|Yes, we do ship stretched (as well as framed) canvases nationwide and internationally. The cost mostly depends on the size of the artwork and the address of the recipient. For international shipments there are additional costs involved that have to do with customs.|
|If I wanted to do a limited edition of 100 prints .......but can`t afford that, can I do them by, say, 5 or 10 at a time? Is that ethical and is it okay for me to number them _ /100 even if I don`t yet have 100?|
|Yes, absolutely. It's perfectly normal in giclee world. Your edition becomes virtual (as opposed to physical). You order prints as needed in your sales venture. This approach makes your art publishing venture more efficient budget wise.|
|How do you achieve the top quality of a giclee print?|
|It starts with a HIGHEST QUALITY FILE. We offer direct scanning of an artwork - the most precise method of scanning. Next is the HIGHEST QUALITY CANVAS or PAPER - we carefully select our papers and canvasses, working with top manufacturers.|
|How Giclee is different from other printmaking techniques?|
|• Archival technology. The best longevity (100, up to 200 years).|
• Giclée printers use pigment based archival inks instead of fast fading dyes.
• Our canvases and papers are archival museum quality made best giclee quality.
• 'On-demand' printing. Order one print at a time or as many as you want.
• Latest computer and printing technology. Ever improving archival materials. Highest quality prints possible.
• Creative finishing touch. Flat or 3-D textured varnishes with UV protective mediums that can imitate brush stroke in order to give your print the hand made feel like a real painting.
|How long will my prints last?|
|Under normal lighting conditions, the colors on our giclee prints will not noticeably fade for over 100 years. Prints should not be exposed to direct sunlight the same like any original artwork. The pigmented inks we use are the best on the market in longevity.|
|Can you reproduce from 35mm slides or negatives?|
|Yes. But it is not recommended to make prints larger than about 20"x16" from 35mm slides or negatives. The prints will not be as crisp. Although there are ways of digital enhancing the image to allow crisp larger output. Contact us for details. Any larger size slide or transparency will ensure good quality. The better and the bigger the transparency is, the better quality can be achieved.|
|Are the prints smudge-proof, waterproof?|
|Yes. Canvas prints are absolutely smudge-proof and waterproof even without any top coating. UV protective varnishes that we use for canvases add even more durability. Watercolor paper prints are already smudge-proof. Concerning water sensitivity they are similar to watercolor painting and should be handled the same way. They can be lightly spray coated for durability but still framing behind glass is necessary.|
|Will the print colors be exact to what I see on my computer screen?|
|No, the picture you see on your computer screen is made up of RGB colors and your screen is in effect by a big light bulb so what you see is called additive color. Paper is not back lit , the ink colors do not have the benefit of light enhancing them and making them brighter., This is commonly called subtractive color. We calibrate our printers so we get the best color range possible.|
|How large of an image can you print?|
|We can print up to 44" x 83" on canvas and 34" x 46" on watercolor paper.|
|If I want to re-order a print, what steps do I have to take?|
|It's easier then you think to re-order. Contact us by telephone or e-mail. Since we will have your image on file all we have to do is open it up and print it.|
|What type of file format would work best and what level of resolution?|
|Your digital file needs to be at least 200 dpi with a 1:1 ratio on image size. Example: you want your image size to be 40" x 30" when it is printed, digital file must be 40" x 30" at 200 dpi or 6000 x 8000 pixels which is approximately 137 Mb file in TIFF format. TIFF is best for us. Although we can also work with many other formats when necessary.|
|What is the advantage of Giclée compared to other fine art reproduction techniques?|
|The major advantage of the Giclee printing technique is ON DEMAND printing capability. It means that one doesn't have to raise a lot of money to start reproducing. The days of manufacturing a huge edition of prints at once are over. Offset lithography and silk-screen techniques can not compete with Giclee. Most of Giclée printers use high end archival inks which makes the archival properties of Giclée's much higher than offset lithography prints. Our pigmented inks have a light fastness rating up to 200 years. The resolution achieved using this technology is much better than lithography. Museum quality Giclée reproductions are quite difficult to distinct from the original.|
|If I wanted a copy of my files on CD or DVD can you do that for me?|
|Yes of course, we will burn any image file at your request.|
|Will I be able to upload the images directly to you?|
|Yes. Just follow these instructions File Upload|
|What printers are you using?|
|We print on Epson Stylus Pro10600 Ultra Chrome and Cannon IPF8300 with 12-color LUCIA pigment ink system|
|Can you wrap my print on stretcher bars or do gallery wraps?|
|Yes, we can. Check out our FRAMING/STRETCHING/GALLERY WRAP page|
|Can you get me started with business cards and a web site?|
|Yes we can provide a whole package deal for you. For more information go to|
|Do you do graphic design work, if I wanted to advertise in a newspaper or magazine?|
|Yes. We also design Artist's brochures, catalogues, business cards. For more information go to|
|If you have an image (photo) printed onto an archival watercolor paper, can you then draw and watercolor / paint on top of the giclee print without the ink bleeding or moving?|
|Yes, our watercolor papers are very similar to the ones artists pain on. You can embellish your watercolor print with watercolors. The ink will not run. It also adds value to your print.|
The same goes for canvasses. Artists embellish their canvas prints with acrylic or oil paints, as well as with other creative mediums, like glitter, metallic paints, crystals, etc.
|I`d like to make a giclee of a 9 by 12 oval oil on canvas. Do you do ovals? Can you gallery wrap an oval?|
|Can you provide a Certificate of Authenticity with each print. What is the cost?|
|Yes, we have offer FREE standard Certificates of Authenticity. You can also ask us to design and print custom Certificates of Authenticity (call us for quote)|
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