FINE ART PRINTING

 

· What is Fine Art Printing?

Today Fine Art Printing commonly refers to the use of specialized large format inkjet printers that are capable of printing high resolutions using special archival inks that have a wide color gamut (range of colors) and ultra high quality museum or archival paper or canvas. The resulting print will normally equal and often-times far exceed a traditional photographic print in both quality and longevity. Fine Art Prints are now commonly found in museums and galleries, alongside traditional photographic prints.

We provide Fine Art Imaging using the new Canon IPF 8300 wide format Fine Art Printer. It features an ouput resolution of 2400 x 1200 DPI using a newly reformulated 12 color Lucia archival pigment ink system that produces the purest and most saturated colors, as well as striking black and white images. The Fine Art Prints from the Canon 8300 are world class in terms of color fidelity, saturation, gloss-level, and scratch resistance. Output size from the Canon 8300 is up to 44”x 100’.

 

· What is a “Giclee” Print?

First of all, it is pronounced, “Zhee-Clay.” It comes from the French word,“Gicler,” meaning to spray or squirt. Basically, any Fine Art Print made with a Fine Art Inkjet Printer using archival inks and high quality archival or museum paper or canvas can be described as a “Giclee.” Typically, a new Giclee owner is often surprised to see how thick the ink pigments are applied on the Fine Art Paper or Canvas and the over-all brilliance of the Giclee work of art. The reason for this is that the inks used in a Fine Art Inkjet are not the same as the common inks found in a household inkjet printer or even a typical photo inkjet printer. Basically, the inks used in a Fine Art Inkjet are suspended in microencapsulated chemicals and they contain archival and extremely pure color and tonal characteristics. All of these things, plus the media on which the Giclee is printed help to set it apart from a standard photo print.

 A Canvas Giclee is printed on a high quality water resistant canvas material. The Canvas can either be stretched on wooden stretcher bars, (the most common is known as a “Gallery Wrap”), or mounted on a solid surface, such as archival mount board, and then framed in a traditional frame. All of our Canvas Giclee Prints are sprayed with a clear finish after printing to help protect the print from UV (sunlight) exposure, dust and dirt, and to make the print easier to clean (most Canvas Giclee Prints are not mounted under glass). You have a choice of having your Canvas Giclee Print finished in a “Gallery Wrap” ready to hang or display, or printed flat on canvas. If you choose a Gallery Wrap for your Canvas Giclee, your Wrapped Print will be delivered to you in a special Fine Art Box shipping box. If you choose to have your Canvas Giclee printed flat, it will be delivered to you rolled in a tube with the print surface covered in acid-free paper so that the print can be  mounted/framed by you.

A Giclee can also be printed on Fine Art Paper. Typically the best Fine Art Papers are archival certified, are at least 250 gsm, (grams per square meter), in thickness, are acid-free and pH neutral, and are made from 100% cotton rag. The finish of the Fine Art Papers can be smooth or velum (slightly textured). If you choose a Fine Art Paper we recommend that your Giclee Print be mounted and framed under glass for maximum protection and longevity. Our Fine Art Paper Giclee Prints are delivered to you rolled in a tube with the print surface covered in acid-free paper so that the print can be mounted/framed by you.

For our Canvas Giclee Prints we exclusively use Breathing Color “Lyve™ Canvas.” It features an eye-popping color range, archival certification, and the ability to capture every nuance in your image. The Lyve™ Canvas is 19 mil in thickness. It is a bright white, consistent poly-cotton blend textured matte canvas that contains an acid-free, neutral pH coating.

For our Fine Art Paper Giclee Prints we exclusively use Breathing Color “Optica One.” It is a 300 gsm, bright white Fine Art Paper that is made from 100% cotton rag. It is also archival certified and has a luxuriously smooth matte surface that is ideal for high resolution photographic imagery, with an ability to reproduce crisp and accurate detail.

 

· What is the difference between a Fine Art Giclee Print and a traditional photographic print? And, can I get a Photo Print from you?

To answer the first question: Basically, the differences are related to the paper, inks and the type of printer. Typically, photo papers (whether glossy or matte) are made for non-archival use and are less expensive than the Fine Art Paper and Canvas used for Giclee Prints. Photo papers are usually not acid-free, and over time images/colors are more susceptible to fading or deterioration. This is also true for prints made in standard photo printers that use non-archival inks. The ability to use thicker archival quality papers and canvas, the depth and range of colors, the quality and thickness of the inks, and the number of inkjet nozzles are normally far superior with Fine Art Printers, all of which contribute to the reproduction of an image that is not only more visually pleasing, but also more long-lasting.

However, with that said, Yes, you can order a Photo Print from us as well. We use the same Canon 8300 Fine Art Printer and the same archival inks for both our Giclee Prints and our Photo Prints. All of our Photo Prints are printed on LexJet “Sunset Photo Metallic Paper.” The Photo Paper is not as thick as the Fine Art Paper used for our Giclee Prints, and it does not have an archival certification. However, it does have a distinctive metallic, high-gloss surface and it is ideal for customers who want a sharp, vibrant, rich-looking image, with enhanced dynamic range, and who do not want or need a work of Fine Art. If you choose to have your image printed on Photo Paper, it will be delivered to you rolled in a tube with the print surface covered in acid-free paper so that the print can be mounted/framed by you.

Our Photo Prints are less expensive than our Giclee Prints, and chances are that if your Photo Print is properly mounted/framed under glass and kept away from direct sunlight (UV) and heat, the image will outlast its owner by many years, while giving you a great deal of enjoyment at a very cost effective price.