word 'Giclée' is
associated with 1) fine art reproduction PROCESS
and 2) the product of the process which is PRINT. Giclee PROCESS
is based on digital technology. 'Giclée' is a French word
meaning "to squirt or spurt." The Giclée printer
squirts over 4 million microscopic droplets of ink per second onto
canvas or paper.
PRINT is a superior
quality reproduction which became most popular in the past decade.
Also read History of Giclee
What is the advantage of Giclée Prints comparing to other
fine art reproduction techniques?
printers use archival inks which make the archival properties of
giclées much higher than lithography or silkscreen prints.
Pigmented inks we use in our printers have a light fastness rating
up to 200 years. Not only Giclees are going to last longer then
we live their visual quality is also undeniably greater which makes
it hard sometimes to distinct giclees the originals.
How long are my prints are going to last?
must not be exposed to direct sunlight just as any original artwork.
Under normal lighting conditions, our inks will not show noticeable
fading for at least 200 years.
What distinguishes Giclée from other printmaking methods?
Consistency with museum archival standards.
- The use of pigment based archival inks (no dyes).
- All our papers and canvases are archival specifically designed
by the finest manufacturers.
- Giclée is 'on-demand' printing, you have a choice between
or many prints at a time.
- Giclée is fast developing and constantly improving technology.
year we upgrading our computers, scanners and other equipment, testing
the latest archival materials, perfecting our production
- Giclee prints can be individually varnished and
embellished with UV protective mediums that can imitate brush stroke
or palette knife 3-dimentional
texture to give a print the feel of a real painting.
Where does the statement of 200 year longevity comes from?
This number is given to us by scientists
who developed the inks and coatings for papers and canvases. Skeptics
say that the technology has only been around for a little over 10
years. 'How can we test the 200 years longevity statement'?
I would say that if we trust scientists about age of stars and size
of nucleons, then why shouldn't we trust them about inks longevity
which was scientifically tested in labs (much easier task then measuring
the size of elementary particles).
How can we achieve the ultimate quality of a print?
scanning of an artwork
ensures precise detail reproduction. 8"x10" transparencies
also help to produce outstanding results.
How large can my Print be?
We print up to 44"x83" on canvas and 34"x46"
on watercolor paper.
Are the all the prints smudge-proof, waterproof?
Yes, they are even without any coating. UV protective
varnishes add more durability. They also make colors appear richer.
Watercolor paper prints are smudge-proof. Concerning water sensitivity
they are similar to watercolor painting and should be handled as
ones. They can be lightly spray coated for durability but still
framing behind glass is necessary.
Do you varnish paper prints?
upon client's request. Although in 90% of cases the paper prints
are meant to be framed under glass therefore varnishing is unnecessary.
Can you reproduce from 35mm slides or negatives?
What is Direct Scanning?
is the best way to achieve the TOP quality in fine art reproduction.
Direct scanning is flatbed scanning
of your original versa scanning transparency or photograph.
What printers are you working on?
print on Epson Stylus Pro10000 Archival Ink and
Epson Stylus Pro10600 Ultra Chrome Inks.
What type of file format would work best,and what level of resolution?
digital file needs to be at least 200 dpi with a desired 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. We also work with other file formats.
Will the print colors match exactly what I see on my computer screen?
Unfortunately No. The way a picture appears on your screen depends
on your screen settings like contrast, brightness, color profile.
The same picture may appear different on different screens. The
same picture printed on different media or on different printer
will appear different as well. This is why we make small proofs
How do I re-order a print?
It is easy. Contact us
or e-mail. We keep your files ready to be printed at all
What is a certificate of
It is a certificate, traditionally
supplied with each sold giclee print, that provides information
about Copyright ownership, print title, size, media, number in the
limited edition, edition size, release date, printer name, etc.
The certificate gives your buyer a guaranty of museum quality standards
and fine art value. SEE
OURCERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Can you stretch my print or do a gallery wrap?
Can you get me started with business cards and a web site?
Yes, we can provide a whole
package deal for you.
Do you do graphic design work if I wanted to advertise in
newspaper or magazine?
Do you offer a quantity discount?
please call us for an estimate.
If I wanted a copy of my files can you do that for me?
Yes of course we will burn
any image file you request
What are the terms of payment?
you are a first time customer we require payment in full when the
order is placed. We accept checks, money orders, major credit cards
and PayPal payments.
What is Limited Edition?
editions have an assigned number of prints that will be produced
ranging from 25 to 300 prints. This limitation on quantity makes
each print special and valuable therefore desired by art collectors.
Limited edition prints are hand signed and numbered by artists.
How does the Copyright Law work for artists?|
Read about it on our Copyright
for Visual Artists page.