Creating a colour accurate Giclée reproduction is a three stage process: image capture, colour correction and final printing. The first and and last stages are straightforward tasks. But changing the digital file to provide prints accurately matched to your original is a time consuming pain-staking process. It involves soft proofing using a highly accurate calibrated monitor and printing a number of test proofs until a perfect match is obtained. The resulting file is then permanetly archived to multiple backup sources.
Giclée printers who do not make a set-up charge will not be spending much if any time matching colours to your original, relying instead on push-button automatic solutions.
Only top quality acid fee substrates are used. Heavyweight cotton rag papers by St Cuthberts Mill and Hahnemühle are always in stock. Somerset Velvet paper by St Cuthberts Mill is particularly versatile. It's a beautiful water colour paper with a slight texture. It's excellent colour rendition owes much to it's uncompromising requirement for archival inks only.
We use Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented inks. When used with approved papers they have a fade resistance in excess of 75 years.
Yes, a print-ready file can be created and achived ready for use at a later date. Alternatively digital files for website use or postcard printing can be supplied.
Almost any size and type of painting can be copied provided you are the originating artist or copyright owner. Purchase and ownership of an original does NOT include copyright. Please see About Copyright.
Usually between one and two weeks depending on how many originals are to be copied. If prints are required for a forthcoming exhibition please contact us to check lead times.
There is no minimum quantity, you can order just one print if you wish. However, if you order three or more copies at set up time your first print will be half price. Three copies can be a useful amount for testing the market with a new image.