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ARCHIVAL GICLEE PRINTS

Giclee prints are quickly becoming the new standard in the field of art. They are widely praised for their exceptional quality by major artists, photographers, galleries, and museums.

Giclee prints are without question the closest replication of original artwork that is currently possible. We work directly with artists and galleries to produce the best quality limited edition archival giclees available. We specialize in colour accuracy and attention to detail, because colour matters!
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Giclees are perfect for a limited edition print series or open edition prints. No longer is it necessary to print your full edition all at once as it was with Lithography or Offset printing. Print what you need, and expect precise consistent colour matching every time. The visual quality of a paper giclee print is extremely high, and the colour saturation and definition stunning, rivaling traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes.

What is Giclee?

Giclee Fine Art Prints (pronounced “gee-clay”) are extremely high quality, archival grade, digital prints that use an ultra fine inkjet printing process to produce images of intense colour and vibrancy. Giclee printing is widely regarded as one of the very best fine art printing methods currently available and has become extremely popular with artists and photographers displaying their images in art galleries, museums, and exhibitions. This sophisticated digital reproduction technology utilizes light-fast and UV-resistant pigment-based inks with more colours than regular printing, to produce beautiful digital reproductions that last much longer than those produced using traditional commercial fine art printing techniques. Giclee inks are lightfast to an extremely high standard, and are designed to be printed onto specially developed archival quality papers. The results are superb quality prints with unparalleled vibrancy and detail that should literally last well over a lifetime.

Besides the brilliant colour, sharp definition, and eye-catching visual quality of our Giclee Prints, their digital nature means that they can be reproduced exactly the same, time after time, even years apart. This makes our Giclee Fine Art Prints perfectly suited to limited edition prints and art gallery sales.

Although originally devised in America, the word “giclée” comes from the French verb “to spray” and refers to the ink being sprayed onto the paper. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.

For non-archival printing please see the digital printing section of the website.

Giclee Process

  • Scanning/Capture of Images
    Options:
    A. Scanning:  Watercolours and matte art works are best scanned for exceptional detail and colour precision.
    B. Capture:  Glossy, textured, and varnished paintings are best shot with a digital camera as the lighting can be polarized to reduce reflection.
    C. Provided digital file:  You can provide your own digital files. Images should be provided at 100% at 300-400 dpi in RGB (tiff is best). Best to include a colour/grayscale reference in your image to adjust for colour cast and reduce calibration time.
  • Calibration
    Once your paintings are scanned we need to get them ready to print. Images are cropped, cleaned, and optimized in Photoshop to begin the calibration process. Working from the original painting, we adjust the hues and densities of the colours to closely match the palette of your work of art. Test strips are printed on the actual archival paper you have chosen, until we create the final match. Actual calibration time depends on the size of the painting, complexity of the palette, and quality of the digital file.
  • Printers Proofs
    The final step before printing your giclees is the creation of printers proofs. These are signed, dated, and filed along with your archived digital files to make sure that all future print editions match the original painting (our specialty). Calibrations and impositions are a one time cost.
  • Print Runs & Media Type
    We offer a number of archival papers and canvases to suit your needs. Special order papers and canvases are also available upon request (please be aware that shipping requires extra time). We are extremely fussy about colour and cleanliness, and pay close attention to image quality and colour consistency for every order. Not only can we get the colour right, we can reproduce it time and time again.
  • Coatings
    Canvas giclees require a UV protective coating to ensure long life and protect the surface from UV light, scratches, and dirt. Available in a variety of finishes, these non-yellowing coatings seal the surface and  and make future cleaning easy. We offer an in-house service, or we can provide you with the details and recommendations to do your own coatings.
  • Cutting & Packing
    All giclee prints are individually hand cut to exact measurements. We inspect each and every print to ensure quality control. All prints are stored and packed flat with slip sheets in cardboard portfolios. We love it when you return your portfolios for re-use!
  • Accessories
    We carry a number of presentation products, such as backings for prints and resealable crystal clear sleeves, which can be added when filling out our online order form.
  • Stretching
    We offer canvas stretching onto 3/4″ or 1 1/2″ bars for your canvas giclees, or choose to have your canvas shipped to you rolled to save shipping costs.
  • Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Giclee reproductions represent the highest quality and most accurate depictions in today’s reproduction art world. With care and prudence they can last for a long time, bringing you much pleasure and satisfaction!
  • General Care:  As with any valued fine art piece, it is recommended that your print be displayed in indirect lighting conditions and away from any contact with moisture. Using archival materials for mats, backings, and spacers, and museum quality framing and UV protected glass/plexiglass will add to the life of the print. The artwork should never directly touch the glass/plexiglass.
  • Environment:  Displayed and/or stored giclees require a stable environment. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can negatively affect the print. In the case of a giclee on paper with glass, condensation may form on the inside of the glass, creating conditions for mold or deterioration of the paper. For canvas giclees such fluctuations may ill affect the stretched canvas, making it loose and floppy. Cracking may also occur under extremely dry conditions. It is advisable to maintain a reasonable constant in temperature and humidity.
  • Sunlight:  Unlike original art, giclees contain UV treatments in the archival inks as well as the varnish or clear coat. Numerous tests have been conducted that indicate that giclees can withstand fading and deterioration due to direct and indirect sunlight. Some experts estimate that giclees can last up to 75 years without signs of decline. However, when selecting that perfect spot for displaying your artwork, it is best to keep them out of direct sunlight for the sake of longevity.
  • Handling:  It is always wise to handle any artwork with care. Damage to frames, canvases, glass, etc. can occur when moving art pieces. Additionally, touching the surface of the giclee may deposit natural oils from your skin that may have an adverse affect on the longevity of the surface of the painting.
  • Cleaning:  Much care should be taken in the cleaning of giclee artwork. Dust particles can be removed periodically with a light brush. If further cleaning is required, use a damp cloth (water only) and lightly brush the surface of the giclee. Never use household cleaning products to clean art! And never scrub the surface of a canvas giclee. For extensive cleaning and/or repair consult an art restoration professional.

FINE ART PAPERS (MATTE)

All of our papers are archival and acid free for your patrons to collect and enjoy for years to come. We print with vivid pigment inks on wide format inkjet giclee printers. They offer the best colour gamut and consistent colour printing in the art reproduction industry. Our print technology represents a defining moment in the history of ink jet printing. We offer competitive pricing and a wide selection of acid-free archival art papers for giclees in many weights and finishes. Each print is hand-cut and hand-packaged to ensure quality control. We have both natural and white giclee art papers available in a smooth or textured finish, so that you can closely match your original piece of artwork.

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 Bright White Hot Press (Smooth)

Hot Press Bright White is an acid-free 100% cotton rag inkjet paper with a bright smooth finish. This 17 mil, 330gsm paper has an extremely high colour gamut and black density, perfect for artists looking for a smooth fine art finish.