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How do I get my image to Museum Quality?
Bring us your file on disk, or simply click on "Upload Image" located on this page. Your file will be saved in a secure location and will be ready for review upon your next visit to Museum Quality.
Which papers and canvas do we use for Giclee prints?
We presently use mostly the Breathing Color Elegance Textured and the Brilliance 100% cotton canvas. The Elegance Textured is very popular because it offers a nice texture with good shadow detail and a nice feel. The Brilliance canvas has a natural texture and weave and it is made from 100% cotton fabric. We also offer epson glossy canvas.
Professionally Photographed Images
If your art piece is going to be photographed by a professional photographer ask them to include the GretagMcBeth color chart in their images or shoot the chart separately and under an identical light setting. We refer local artists to Z-Studios of ventura for reasonable quality scans, we also recommend Art Scans in Los Angeles. Feel free to call the gallery to discuss your scanning options.
If your artwork has already been photographed:
If your artwork has been already photographed and if you are familiar with color profiles, we recommend that you apply the Adobe RGB 1998 color profile to your images before you send them to us. Applying that profile to your file will help us have better control over the color range of your image files and produce predictable results. If you are not familiar with color profiles just leave your files as they are and we will print your images using our default settings. If we see any potential problems with your files prior to printing we will contact you, discuss your options and offer possible solutions.
Sizing your images:
Size your files for their intended final printed size and at 300 DPI. If you need white border around your artwork you need to make it part of your image. White space is billable as it is part of the image. If your images do not match the sizes you requested when you placed the order, we will size them for you. If their proportions don't match we will call you.
We accept files in all standard image formats except RAW camera files.
Turn your photos into works of art and preserve them for generations! Even simply printing a photo enlargement on canvas or watercolor paper can give it an artistic feel and an impression of quality that cannot be achieved by printing on paper alone. Also, a typical photograph or photo transfer to canvas will only last about 15 years before fading. Our process will yield a work of art that will last for over a century. Plus, we can also digitally manipulate your photo to create a watercolor or oil painting effect, turning your photo into a truly unique work of art. And, this process costs less than you might imagine.
What are Giclee Fine Art Prints?
The Giclee printing (pronounced "ghee-clay") process was born in the early 1990's as rock musician Graham Nash & and his associate Mac Holbert uncovered a new capability of the Iris inkjet printer called the 3047. These early machines had been developed for digital graphic proofing but it had not occurred to the manufacturer that its equipment would be adopted by artists as a digital method of fine art printing. In 1991, thanks to Mr. Nash's vision, the world's first digital fine art atelier opened its doors. Since this early beginning, the technology in equipment, media, inks and craftsmanship have advanced immeasurably.
Advantages of Giclee Printing
Giclee printing has many advantages over other printmaking methods. For example, each piece is individually produced allowing you to order one reproduction at a time if desired, so the artist is not obligated to finish an edition. You can order prints as needed without large up-front costs and storage problems associated with offset lithography. This allows you to test market a new idea or image. Giclee printing affords you more control of your career by giving you the ability to start self-publishing fine art reproductions in modest quantities. Artists can build inventory slowly over time in response to the market. We have three wide format printing systems so we can accommodate large orders with the same flexibility as a single sheet order.
Why Artists Prefer Giclees
Giclee reproductions are the perfect medium for established and emerging artists, allowing you much better control of your cash flow. You can order just one reproduction to matte and frame as a display piece. Then order more as orders come in. The technology provides incredible detail and brilliant color. The resolution (DPI or dots per inch) is actually higher than traditional lithography which results in crisp contrast with rich, intense color. With the proper surface treatment, you can even paint on top of the image (retouch the image) to produce another individual "mixed media" piece. Digital artists and photographers find giclee ideal for printing their originals.