Giclee Print Service, Canvas Stretching Service, Picture Framing, High Resolution Scanning, serving the greater Central Pennsylvania area for over 50 years.
“Imagine the art world without Giclée Print Services!”
Jim Davis here……
I’ll get straight to the point.
If you are NOT creating Giclee Prints from your original art and photographs, then you are doing something WRONG. If I sound HARSH, but it is true.
Pure and simple!
One of the biggest problems with artists today is they think it is not worth their effort to have prints made from their originals. If you don’t at least have your original digitally captured you are treading on very thin ice.
When you sell or give your original art away any future income you could get from that piece of art is gone forever. What if by some cruel act of nature that original gets destroyed and your client wants a replacement? If you had the forethought to have a digital scan made you could have a Giclee Print made to replace the piece of art that was destroyed.
So What Must You Do?
No matter where you live in the U.S. there is someone offering scanning and printing services. It is just a matter of doing some research. That being said, not all companies offering printing services are qualified to be Giclee Print Producers. Just because you own an inkjet printer does not mean you are a art printer.
When you are ready to start the process you need to ask a lot of questions. You have to educate yourself in the processes of producing Archival Fine Art Prints.
First you need to know how they capture the image from which they will produce your Giclee Prints. There are photographers you will capture your art with their 35mm digital camera all the way to $70,000.00+ scan systems that will capture the threads of the paper you painted your art on. The 35mm digital camera will be ok for note cards and small prints, but don’t expect to make large wall display art. On the other hand you are going to pay several hundred dollars for a scan created from the $70,000.00 scanner.
When the digital file is captured the fun begins. Most of the high end printers today have 8, 10, or 12 colors. By mixing they can create a lot of different colors and shades, but they cannot create or print every color. You as the artist can create any color you want. That is where the problems come in.
The inkjet printers that produce Giclee Prints use either dye inks or pigment inks. Dye inks give bright colors but fade quickly. Pigment inks are much duller but are archival and are tested to last for over 100 years. Pigment inks also have a much more narrow color spread.
More to come…………