A giclée print is an individually produced, high-resolution print made using a new sophisticated wide format inkjet printer technology. A state-of-the-art digital printer sprays millions of drops of ink per square inch onto specially treated canvas or paper, producing a large archival quality image with brilliant velvety colors, crisp contrasts and razor-sharp details.

Giclée prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclée printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Giclée ("zhee-clay"), a French word meaning "that which is sprayed or squirted" is a highly advanced method of computer-controlled, fine-art reproduction using archival dye-based inks. A sophisticated ink-jet printer designed specifically for this process creates a near-continuous-tone image on fine-art media such as watercolor paper and canvas with greater permanence than previous processes used to print lithographic art reproductions

Giclée process

The first step is to aquire the art work to be reproduced.
  • Original art work
  • 8"x10" or 4"x5" transparency
  • High-resolution digital file
1. The original or the transparency are photographed or scanned and converted to a digital file. Determining the size of the image to be printed is another one of the first considerations as it may affect your scan settings. Most images should be scanned at 300dpi to final out put size. Other considerations are; print media (paper or canvas) and edition size.

2. Once the digital file is received an expert needs to go over the file, inspecting it for dust, scratches, or other flaws that should not be reproduced. If found, they are touched up and removed. The edges are squared off and aligned if necessary. The "cleaned up" file is sent to production.

3. Now the first proofs are created. They allow the digital technician to adjust the colors in the print and check for any other problems that may have escaped notice in the previous steps.Then we produce a test print on the same paper or canvas that will be used for the final print. The print is then compared to the original piece of artwork and additional adjustments are made until the client is satisfied with the result.

4. Once a final proof is approved and signed by the artist we will create the final prints.

We offer prints of up to 60" along the shortest dimension on Canvas and Up to 54" on Paper.

To place your order,
call (905) 479-0046
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