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Giclee Printing FAQ

Giclee Printmaking and " digital printing " ...Some Frequently Asked Questions.

Why use Giclees and digital printing instead of other printing processes to publish limited edition art prints.?

The benefits of using our printing process are numerous and varied. Two of these benefits are the the ability to have maximum versatility in subject matter, different mediums and the ability to experiment readily. Because the initial investment in setting up an edition published by the Giclee printing process is minimal, the artist can take more risks to find out what is acceptable in the market place and will sell to his buying public. This flexibility allows the artist more creative freedom and helps prevent costly mistakes. Additionally it is becoming more and more widely acknowledged that fine art prints produced by Giclee offer richness, detail and depth that set them apart from traditional offset lithography.

Limited Edition Art  Prints produced by Large Format Digital  printing ( Giclee )
"Navajo's Driving Sheep t0 Water"

Are there any limits to the size of my order?

No order is too small or to large for us to handle. You may order one printed sheet at a time if you wish. We have 6 wide format printing systems so we can accommodate large print runs as well.

What about copyright considerations?

We keep your images strictly confidential. does not allow any images to be printed without the artist’s or copyright holder's explicit authorization. We will keep an archived copy of your image exclusively for the production of your edition. All digital files of an artist’s images can be recovered by the artists and/or copyright holder as their personal property at his/her written request.

What is the expected life of a Giclee print?

The most important fact to remember is that all color fades. As far as fine art prints produced by Giclee are concerned, some original watercolors & most lithographs will fade faster than a well-made Giclee. Unlike lithographs and serigraphs, Giclees have undergone extensive, third-party fade-testing.

While the predicted display life depends on many variables, under typical home or office lighting , and depending on the papers used, giclees made with wide-gamut pigmented inks are estimated to last 35-100 years without noticeable fade. These estimates are based on laboratory simulations of aging. All of our testing information comes from independent testing labs and the manufacturers of the materials we use. shall not be responsible for any damage to our prints from improper handling or from exposure to extreme environmental conditions.

Do Giclee prints require special care?

We recommend that you treat your art prints produced by Giclee the same as other original limited edition prints. It should be protected from water and should not be place in direct sunlight. Giclees printed on paper should be frame mounted behind glass or, if on Arches paper, may be mounted on a panel and varnished. Giclees printed on canvas are treated with an acrylic varnish to aid in their protection, however careful treatment is still desirable.

we produce fine art prints  using Giclle Technoplogies

Vermeer's " Girl with a Pearl Earring"
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for our print archives

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before and after comparisons

What happens during the proofing process?

Sometimes the original photography of a subject comes to us in less than perfect condition. We can edit and manipulate images in photo shop and other imaging programs to eliminate flaws and upgrade color balance to reflect the condition of the original art.

After the image is corrected of flaws and balanced for color the initial proof will generally be on an 8” x 10” sheet regardless of the final size print you have ordered. This will be on the media choice you have made, however this is not a hard and fast rule, we have generated proofs of up 42" in width to satisfy a customer that the print run will be exactly what they want.

What about the different types of coatings?

Art prints produced by Giclee on canvas are treated with a specially formulated fine art coating. This fine art product eliminates the problems typically associated with other coatings such as cracking, yellowing & inconsistent texture. Art prints on canvas are available with a gloss, satin, or low luster finish. We do not normally coat the surface of Giclees on watercolor paper.

How accurate is the color?

The resolution and color can be brilliant and is superior to other methods of art reproduction. However, you must be aware that due to the limitations of process inks, some colors fall outside of the printable color spectrum. During the proofing process we work closely with you to achieve the look and feel in the print that is most appealing and closest to the original as possible.

I wish to order reprints, what steps are involved?

It's as easy as this to have us produce your art prints. Contact us by e-mail, standard mail or telephone. Since we will have your image on file no further set up fee will be required. To reorder call 928-204-5555 or Contact: For services Giclee Prints services

What materials do I need to send to get started?

You need to send us one of the following.......Your Original Artwork, or send a 4"x5" or 8"x10" "production quality transparency "of your image, a CD or ZIP (PC or MAC) disc containing a professional scan of your image, your digital file via our FTP site (E-mail us for FTP site instructions). Most professional photography studios have 4"x5" format cameras and equipment necessary to produce transparencies. (Note: 35mm slides may not provide acceptable quality for fine art reproduction) If sending a digital file, a reference print or photo to accompany it is recommended.

When sending transparencies of your artwork it is very important to remember that we will color match to the transparency and if it does not look like the original, your fine art prints will not look like the art either. Examine each transparency carefully before sending them to us.

On subsequent orders your image is stored via digital file and is ready for printing.

What are terms of payment?

We request payment in full with your order. You can send a check or money order.

What distinguishes a digital printing processes for Giclee from other printmaking methods? art prints produced by Giclee conform to archival standards consistent with collectible fine art prints. Giclees are produced exclusively using “pigment” based archival inks. No dyes.

All additional materials & substrates used in the Giclee process are of archival quality and produced by reputable manufacturers. Giclees are produced one-at-a-time, combining state of the art technology with traditional craftsmanship. uses giclee digital printing processes to publish limited edition fine art prints. art prints produced by Giclee and limited edition art prints are produced using a state-of-the-art color management system developed for our Giclee printer.

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