Process


Premium Color Matching Service

The original work of art is digitally scanned and color matched by mapping out the individual colors within the scan. Once the colors are mapped and layered, manual adjustments are made to match the proof print with the original. Depending on the complexity of the colors within the painting (and my work load), this process can take up to two weeks.

Once the digital file is perfect, on site and off site backups are made, the artist is given a proof of the painting on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Upon request, the file can be burned to disk or emailed to the artist. The digital file is kept on record for future various size printing orders and notecard creation.


Digital File Printing (Fine Art and Photography)

A digital file of a painting or photograph can be printed without the premium color matching process. For original artwork, it will be made to look as good as possible.  It will not be color matched as described in the premium color matching section above. For photography, basic adjustments for hue, brightness and contrast will be made.


Fine Art Notecards

Note cards are setup and printed after one of the two above processes.  Outside text is included as desired, inside text is extra. All cards come flat scored with envelopes.


About Giclée

The Definition: Giclee (zhee-klay) – The French word “giclée” is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”.

The Term: The term “giclee print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process: Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.

The Advantages: Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

The Quality: The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

The Market: Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company).

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