Giclee Printing

Giclee Fine Art Printing

Giclee printing is the term used to describe a high quality reproduction of an original piece of art or a photograph using archival media and a twelve colour pigment ink system.
Contrary to what you may have heard, Giclee is a word derived from the French language as a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. Others believe its origins lie in "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" the verb meaning "to spurt, squirt, or spray".
Either way the term was coined by Jack Duganne in the early 1990's who pioneered the work started by Graham Nash and Jon Cone who combined industrial high quality Iris Ink jet printers with what we call today "archival inks". As computer, and large format print technology developed modern printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.

So how do we get a Giclee print from your original art work?

Artist Giclee print workflow

Giclee-printing workflow

So, what do the steps actually mean?

Original art work to be digitised

Digitise original artwork.
There are two methods we use to create a digital file of your work, these are a fine art scan or using a high resolution camera. Utilising a fine art scanner we are able to create a high resolution digital file of your art work. This can be upto 1200DPI and depending n the size of the original will can be made up of a number of high resolution images stitched together. This will leave us with a complete image of your art work in tiff format which we can then process through our workflow.
If we choose to use the photography method again we take a number of stills of your art work under a controlled studio lit environment and stitch all the stills together to again create the template of your digital file.

Colour Diagnostic
The colour space is controlled through the workflow process but it is at this stage that the corrections to the master file's tonality and hues are edited to directly match the original. This process is completed and the file is ready for a test print.Fine Art Trade Guild Member

Image Proofing
The test print is then assessed by the client. As we all see colour differently the next stage can be dependant on working  with the client to find the correct balances within the colour and tonal ranges of the master file if the first test print needs any additional alteration. A further test print will be done and signed off by the client.

Giclee Print
Now that the master file has been agreed the giclee prints can be produced. These can either be a run of a number for pints or the artist can print on demand to reduce stock handling and costs.

We have a over 40 fine art papers and canvases for you to choose form to give you the best Giclee print possible

Sending FIles

There are preferable file types and seizes depending on the print job. If you require standard printing for Microsoft programmes we are able to print these from the saved files you are working on. If you use Pages for the Mac please save you file as a PDF as we occasionally have problems opening pages files.
Photographic and fine art images need to be sent in the largest file format possible. Ideally the images need to be 300DPI and either tif,pdf,psd or as a last resort jpg. Please use a large file transfer system such as We Transfer or Mailbig File, links below; It save clogging up your and our email programs trying to send and download large image files.
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