Do you do giclée printing?
We often get asked if we do giclée printing and the short answer is yes, however we don’t call it that, we simply call what we do “Archival Fine Art Printing”. The slang word giclée refers to a process in which a reproduction is made from a digital source using lightfast ink on acid free paper through a high quality inkjet printer, that’s us with an emphasis on high quality!
For over 20 years we have been perfecting the art of recreating and archiving artwork for artists, illustrators, estates, municipal government and museums.
Creating The Digital File
With our large format fine art scanner we are able to directly scan any 2 dimensional image. For images larger than the scanning surface this can be accomplished through multiple scanning passes that are then orchestrated into one seamless digital image. The final result is a pristine high resolution file with every nuance and intent of your original artwork.
We have beautifully reproduced artwork over 6 feet in length!
Achieving the final colour match perfectly is where we shine. We print 2 inch test samples of cross sections of the image making minute adjustments to each colour channel until we reach that “ah-ha” moment where the sample and the print become one.
“Which is my original?” exclaimed artist Brian Dalton when picking up one of his numerous digitizing projects.
Check out Brian’s work.
Here you can see the colour swatch atop the original artwork by Suzanne Schwab as we worked on digitizing a collection of her amazing paintings.
One Time Cost
This process only ever needs to be done once and the digital file belongs to you to use in any way. We can keep the image on file here so that you can request print-on-demand from any of or our fine art print, photo and dye sublimation products.
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Please note this chart is for quick reference and your image could fall into any custom size not listed. This pricing includes our basic colour adjustments. More intense adjustments at the direction of the client are extra as every artists needs are as unique as their work. We work closely with you to create the desired outcome. The cost of printing is separate.
For the best results please ensure that your painting is as matte as possible. You can always re-varnish it back to glossy when my work here is done.
Imagine your art on a soft and cozy art pillow such as these whimsical wonders that we make for Cindy McKenna at Wild Goose Studio. They can be purchased directly from her in Blyth Ontario.
According to paper and online sources, the French word giclée was first applied to ink-jet prints in 1991 by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working for Nash Editions in Manhattan Beach, California. A relatively early account of the origin can be found in “Paper Trail,” the editorial column of On Paper: The Journal of Prints, Drawing and Photography, vol. 1, no. 5 (May-June, 1997), p. 5: “When, in the mid-1980’s [recte, 1990-91], Nash Editions became the first press extensively involved in computer printmaking (with an Iris printer, in this case), it dubbed the works digital ink jet prints. This reflected, in a matter-of-fact manner, the process that takes an image scanned or generated on a computer, and then sends that image to be printed on a machine that spits out ink in minuscule jets … . ‘We had a man named Jack Duganne working with us at the time, who recognized there was no way to talk about this,’ says Nash Editions’s Mac Holbert. ‘He felt that if we just called it “digital ink jet print,” it would have absolutely no impact on the art world. So he went home to his French dictionary and found the word “gicler,” which means “to spray” or “to jet.”’ (Later, the printers discovered that the term in French was slang for ‘to ejaculate,’ which pleased them even more.) The term ‘giclée’ is still occasionally used. But even Nash Editions abandoned it as a ‘euphemism,’ and the more cumbersome ‘digital ink jet print’ prevails.” www.merriam-webster.com
We are especially thrilled to be a part of creating a new generation of prints of the Peter Etril Snyder collection through Cynthia Weber, niece of the artist and copyright owner of his paintings. Working with these originals is breathtaking and we are constantly amazed by the skill of every brush stroke. The collection is enormous and we will be gradually digitizing the archive of wide format transparencies the artist had created in his time. Art prints can be purchased directly from the Snyder Gallery.
Looking for more information drop us a note below or feel free to call with any questions you have. We have been blessed to work with many illustrators and artists over the years and we are very proud to be a part of their process.