Our Printing Process
New to Giclée printing?
We will work with you and help you understand every step of the digital printing process. If you have any questions or suggestions for our topics, please let us know. We are real people, working with real artists, for real results.
Step 1 - Scanning
The first step is to setup the image files and get your artwork into the computer. This is done with either a digital camera setup or a flatbed scanner. We use a flatbed scanner capable of 2400 x 4800 dpi, and 48-bit color. There is no size limit on what we can scan.
Step 2 - Editing
After the image has been scanned, the next step is to color correct the digital file. We calibrate our system regularly using measurements from a spectrophotometer, and we color correct our files. Most other printers will skip one or both of these steps. We print several test patches before presenting you with an 8" x 10" sample, called a "proof," on your media of choice (paper or canvas). If you, as the artist, are not happy with the colors as a whole or in any particular area, we will color correct again and print a new proof. If your original has been discolored, scratched, or contains other blemishes, we can correct those in this process. With any setup we do, we provide the very large, high-quality TIFF image files on CD. We also include a smaller JPEG file so that you can easily view and upload the image onto the internet for email or website use.
Step 3 - Printing
After you approve your proof, prints can be made in almost any size you wish. Please be aware of aspect ratios (i.e., a 16x20 may become a 4x5, but not a 4x6). We can crop or distort your image to achieve out-of-aspect ratio sizes, but please be advised that you may achieve unexpected results. We can print to the edge of your prints, but most artists choose to have a white margin of 0.5" around the image, and some have a larger margin for style or signing. Most artists prefer to have a "copyright text" at the bottom of the artwork stating the title, their name, and copyright year, such as:
"Beautiful Painting" © 2010 Jane Doe. All rights reserved.
Giclée prints on canvas should be stretched onto wooden stretcher bars to be properly framed. Our standard stretching uses 3/4" thick stretcher bars.
Gallery Wrap Stretching
We also offer 1 1/2" thick stretcher bars. It is also popular to hang the unframed canvas on the wall, so that the wrapped sides of the canvas are visible.
Solid Color - A solid color of your choice (usually black or white)
Mirrored - The edge of the image is mirrored, creating a visual effect on the edges of a stretched canvas.
Blurred - The edge of the image is stretched, creating a blur of colors from the image to wrap around the edges.
We also offer mounting for canvas giclée prints. This is done using archival foamcore board and acid-free adhesive. This is a great option for those looking to put their prints in standard frames - the mounted giclées simply pop in the frame!
Brush Stroke Finish
We can also use an acrylic medium to create the look of brush strokes on your final stretched giclée. This enhances the look of the print and creates the illusion of an original painting - a great selling point!
We offer high quality, 100lb cardstock for greeting cards. Let us create a custom design featuring your logo on the back of the card or use one of our standard set-ups. Greeting cards are a popular way to increase sales per work and promote your art.
Depending on your budget and image size, laser prints may be a more affordable option. We can print up to 11" x 17" images on 12" x 18" 100 lb cardstock. Many artists use laser prints as advertisements of their work.