Expertly-printed Giclée fine art archival prints from your original art, photos or digital files on premium museum-quality Stretchable Canvas and 100% Cotton Rag Fine Art Papers!
All our Giclee prints are produced on Archival Certified, OBA-FREE, Lignin and Acid-Free substrates using the highest quality pigment inksets.
• No Hidden Setup Fees • Proofing Included • Volume Discounts
Museum-Quality Archival Canvas & Fine Art Papers
In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Giclee (pronounced zhee’klay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is of a much higher caliber.
Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality pigment inks onto various museum-quality substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. 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, Canon & 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 printing can be 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.
Do Giclee printers use ordinary printer inks?
No. They use special light-fast pigmented inks, which will remain true for up to 125 years.
What's the best way to digitally capture original artwork so that prints can be made?
The best method is to scan the original directly on our drum scanner which can scan flexible images up to 20 in x 26 in. If the image is larger, cannot be taken off the stretcher frames or is just not flexible enough to wrap around the drum, then a large format transparency can be taken of the piece, and this is then scanned.
Alternatively, we have a large format flatbed scanner which also yields excellent results. Please contact us if you would like to go over the different scanning options we offer.
What kind of fine art paper is used for Giclee printing?
The Color Group produces Giclee prints on a wide variety of museum-quality, acid-free fine art papers and artist's canvas. We have many to choose from including Matte and Gloss Hi-Textured Cotton Canvas, Arches® Smooth and Textured Watercolor Fine Art paper and Premium Lustre Photo papers. Our color experts will ensure that your Giclee prints match the original artwork as close possible, not only in color, but also in texture.
Do you offer Acrylic Photo Mounting Services?
Yes. We call them PlexiPrints®. We use a PH Neutral optically clear adhesive and "Facemount" archival photobase, metallic photo papers and high-quality display films directly to 3/16" Acrylic. Our metallic photo paper makes images glow with an otherworldly pearlescent shimmer while the acrylic brings depth to the image. The result is an unbelievably rich and vibrant look with an incredible amount of saturation. The great thing about this process is the incredible Dmax that can be achieved while maintaing shadow detail. This photo mounting technique is an excellent choice for photographers and artists looking for a unique way to display their images. For a brief overview of some of the wall mounting options we offer, please download this PDF. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call to go over pricing & options.
How much do Giclee prints cost?
One of the advantages of Giclee printing is that you can order as many or as few as you wish. We do not have any hidden setup fees. Please click here for pricing.
How do I place an order?
For a competitive quote please email email@example.com or visit our Online Quote Request page. To place an order for Giclee Fine Art Prints, please upload your image files via our Job Upload page and enter your project information in the job description area. Image file formats such as Tiff, JPG, PSD and PDF are all perfectly acceptable. For best results we recommend your image resolution be in the neighborhood of 300 dpi/ppi and not below 150 dpi/ppi.
Do you offer Fine Art Reproduction services to artists outside the greater Seattle area?
Yes. We work with many artists from around the country as well as local extended areas such as Bellevue, Tacoma and Everett.
To place an order for Giclee Fine Art Prints, please upload your files via our Job Upload page and simply enter your project information in the job description area. We'll contact you right away with any questions. All standard file formats such as Tiff, JPG, PSD, PDF, etc. are perfectly acceptable. For best results we recommend your image resolution be in the neighborhood of 300 dpi/ppi and not below 150 dpi/ppi.
With our new Canon 60”, 12-ink system, we are delivering unprecedented quality. Color matching RIP technology coupled with unbelievably fine detail gives us the ability to match your originals like nothing you have ever seen. Newly developed,
12-color pigment ink system designed to expand the color reproduction range by providing an extremely wide CMYK / RGB color gamut for vivid accurate colors and fine precise details. This RGB expanded 7 color space utilizes red, green & blue ink cartridges in addition to the standard process inks to produce brilliant colors to more accurately match a broader spectrum of colors. Additionally, two levels of gray provide a perfectly neutral monotone output that surpasses expectations. The combinations of these 12 inks produce exquisite results.
(Maximum printable width is 59.75 ”)
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