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Giclée Printing - Your finest choice for art reproductions.

We print using a large format Epson nine color printer to obtain the best quality reproduction. It will print up to 44" x 90" on watercolor paper, matte paper or canvas.

What is Giclée Printing?

The word "giclèe" (pronounced zhee-clay) is a French word which means "to squirt or spurt." A giclèe reproduction print refers to both a category of collectible fine art similar to lithographs and serigraphs, as well as, a type of digitally printed fine art reproduction. Not any digital print is considered a giclèe however. Only digital prints created on state-of-the-art high resolution printers utilizing archival inks and acid free media can qualify as a true giclèe print. These prints provide rich color and painterly details and are often hard to distinguish from original artwork. They are available on fine art papers and canvas. Giclèes are laboratory rated to provide several decades, if not a century or more of lasting print quality.

Giclèe fine art reproductions are recognized world wide as "the next best thing to owning original artwork" and they can be found on display in the finest museums and art galleries. When you offer a quality giclèe fine art reproduction you can be assured your art will give your buyers years of enjoyment.

Advantages of Giclèe Prints

High quality imaging - hard to discern from the original artwork

 

Colorfastness - when the prints are protected under glass or sprayed with a protective coating, testing has found that colors will stay vibrant for close to a century before significant fading occurs.

 

No minimums - Print on Demand - You don't have to purchase a large quantity of prints to start with. Only order what you think you can sell in the immediate future. No need to store hundreds of unsold prints. You save money and storage space and get a faster return on your investment. Reprints can be ordered at any time and in any quantity.

 

Working Capital - The cost to bring an edition to the marketplace is less expensive than to produce lithographs or serigraphs. You can better afford to test your market or do several editions at once instead of just one.

Pricing

• Costs for printing are figured on an individual basis depending on each piece's specifications.

• Prices include the initial setup fee based on the original art size, plus a per print cost based on the finished size and the substrate to be printed on.

• Pieces where the background substrate shows through such as with pencil or pastels, that need smudges or stray marks cleaned up, may incur an additional charge depending on the condition of the original piece.

• Initial setup charges include scanning and basic color correcting. Pieces that need extra cleanup or color work due to texture, large dark solids etc. may incur an additional charge.

• Reorder setup charges are minimal ($11) and cover the time involved to un-archive, setup, print and trim out an existing piece on file.

Scanning Services

   We can scan in-house up to 33" x 51" using multiple scans and can print up to 43" x 90".

 

Substrates for fine art & photography

• We use professional quality acid free papers and canvas.

• We feature Heavyweight Matt, Somerset Velvet Watercolor Paper and Premier Water Resistant Canvas for both paintings & photography. We also offer Premium Luster for photography applications.

 

Minimum Quantities

• No minimum print quantities are required. You can order as few as one.

 • Note, there is an $11 reorder setup charge with each additional reprint order.

File Storage

   After your art is printed your files are backed up in two places, one being off site. We will keep them indefinitely as long as the business exists.

    You may request a CD or DVD of your files at any time. These are your files and you hold ownership to the reproduction rights.

 

Reprints

   You can call to reorder prints:   (814) 337-8600

Notes & Tips

• Heavy textures create shadows when scanning artwork.

 

• Jet Blacks will reproduce as dark grays on watercolor paper. They come out better on canvas.

 

• Glossy artwork will create reflections in the scanning. Each bump of the paint will have an undesirable highlight. If the paint is not glossy but you'll want to put a gloss on the original, it is best to wait until after getting the painting reproduced before adding a gloss finish.

 

• The manufacturer if our canvas recommends that each canvas print be coated with a clear coating. We use a roll on gloss liquid acrylic coating. We sell "Krylon UV" acrylic coating for those who would rather spray their own prints. We can not spray the prints due to our space restrictions.

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