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A Giclée (gee-clay) is a fine art inkjet print produced to exacting standards on archival media substrates. The process was pioneered in the early 1990’s by rock legend Graham Nash and his business associate Mac Holbert. Their team formulated pigment inks to replace the existing dye based technology of the Iris 3047 printer and in doing so, ushered in a new era of fine art print making. They coined the term “Giclée” to distinguish the new archival process from the non-archival inkjet and photographic prints available at that time. The word “Giclée”, was derived from the two French words “le gicleur” meaning “nozzle” and “gicler” meaning to spray or squirt a liquid, which described the function of the print head used in the Iris 3047 printer. Today, the term Giclée suggests a superior elevation in the fine art printmaking craft. Images are produced on certified inkjet printers that utilize special pigment based inks. Printing is available on a variety of archival fine art papers or Canvas that will provide fade resistance of at least 50 – 120 years or more under average indoor display conditions.

Giclée prints represent the ultimate in Fine Art printing and are considered to be one of the highest quality reproduction methods currently available. These prints offer outstanding color reproduction and long term image stability. A Giclée print can provide the closest possible reproduction of artwork, even down to the texture of the original media. It’s no wonder that world wide, so many museums and collectors proudly exhibit Giclée prints.

Our “Studio” line of Giclée prints are produced exclusively using high tech pigment based archival inks, on Giclée certified printers using carefully selected archival media from premium manufacturers. Our state of the art equipment coupled with our extensive experience allow us to produce these one-at-a-time creations at a reasonable cost, while maintaining our high standards of quality.

Prices listed do not include the cost of file setup, manipulation, retouching, photography or scans of original art, which are all available at additional charge. File setup, image manipulation and retouching is billed at $20 per quarter hour. We strongly encourage artist participation in this process. When figuring cost, round up to the next larger print size to include borders. Special order media is available at additional cost.

Prices listed are for single copies. Duplicate prints are available with the following discounts: 2-10 additional, less 25%; 11-24 additional, less 30%; 25-49 additional, less 35% and 50 or more prints, less 40%.

Premium Archival Matte is a heavy weight 230gsm bright white paper that’s ideal for images not requiring a gloss finish. It yields highly saturated images, while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail. The flat matte surface produces brilliant prints with no glare or reflection in direct lighting situations. Excellent archival life and rich blacks make this paper an great economical choice for fine art and B&W photography.

Sunset Cotton Etching Rag is a 285gsm paper with a smooth surface. It is a bright white paper made of 25% Cotton liners and 75% Alpha Cellulose. This economical  hybrid paper meets the Fine Art Trade Guild Standards for Limited Edition Prints.

Hahnemuhle German Etching Rag is a 310gsm acid free mould-made water color paper with a smooth, lightly textured surface. It’s ideal for images that are highly detailed and require photographic quality. Also, as the name suggests, it has a surface similar to an etching paper, which provides for excellent reproduction of traditional prints.

Hahnemuhle Museum Rag is a smooth, mould-made 350gsm 100% Cotton Rag paper with a bright white surface making it ideal for fine art use, and is especially well suited for reproducing charcoal drawings and pastel work. It is also ideal for printing black and white photographic images because of it’s outstanding wide dynamic range. The ideal choice for museum and gallery fine art printing.

Artist Matte Canvas is a poly/cotton blend with a bright-white textured finish that can be used in a variety of fine art, photographic and commercial graphics applications including gallery and museum wraps, fine art photography reproductions. Although it  is water resistant, we strongly recommend finishing this canvas with our acrylic coating to seal and protect your Giclée.

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