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You can sell your originals only one time and we know that, for many of you, the time to complete a piece can be staggering. Leverage the time you've already invested in making your art, by investing in archival giclée fine art reproductions and photographs, that your clients will love and be proud to display. Offer your clients open editions and/or limited editions prints.
Giclée (pronounced zhee-klay) is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. It is based on the French word gicleur, which basically means "nozzle/spray." The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980's but has since come to mean any inkjet print. It is often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to denote high quality printing but since it is an unregulated word it has no associated warranty of quality. Here at AFI, we use the term giclée but prefer the description "Archival Fine Art Print" given the process and materials we use.
Artists generally use inkjet printing to make reproductions of their original two-dimensional artwork, photographs or digital art. The artist is in total control of the production of their images, including custom sizing, cropping, printing media and the final color correction with inkjet printing. With inkjet printing the artist does not have to pay for the expensive printing plate setup or the inventory and storage needed for large four-color offset print runs. This allows the artist to follow a print on demand business model in which inkjet printing can be an economical option, since art can be printed and sold individually in accordance with demand.
In addition to using the highest grade giclée printers, archival inks and papers, we also have trained, skilled professionals overseeing the quality of each individual print throughout every aspect of our art reproduction services. Your images are custom printed to meet your size requirements and on the medium of your choice. There is no automatic photo processing with us. So we can ensure that your printed images will meet your expectations and be amazingly beautiful.
AFI stocks a range of Epson premium signature worthy photo and fine art papers, as well as canvas. Only the highest quality Epson papers receive the designation of Signature Worthy. In combination with our printing process and Epson Stylus Pro printers, these Signature Worthy fine art papers deliver the industry with reproductions that are the closest thing to an original piece of art. Your images are printed with Epson archival Ultrachrome HDR inks on a 10 color Epson Stylus Pro printer. In combination with color correction and our quality control, the result is a stunning giclée archival fine art piece.
Supply us with a digital file or deliver us the original for us to do the image capture. With the original in hand, we determine the best possible method for the digital image capture to create an impeccable life-like reproduction of your art with all of the subtle details of the original. We'll need to know what the largest printed image you'll ever want is. This will determine how high the resoution needs to be.
Scanning affords you the greatest detail and highest quality capture. Most of our artists prefer this method. Artwork larger than 30"x45" and/or art that is too fragile to lie face down on a scanner is captured by a digital camera. Scan capture pricing listed below, includes three printed proofs on our ultra smooth fine art paper. One proof is the raw image capture. The other two are with adjustments to get as close as possible to the orginal. You are emailed the final image saved in a .tiff file format at your art's original size and dpi ordered, as well as a .jpeg optimized for the web.
Pictured is a 1" detail of a painting.
Whether we are printing from one of our captures or one of yours without adjustments, the print will rarely have the pop and crisp, rich details you would expect it to have. The objective may be to create a very close reproduction of your original art or to alter it in some way. The image file needs to be adjusted on a computer then proofed and critically analyzed. This process is repeated as many times as necessary to achieve your desired results. To match your piece, we must have your original on hand.
We do not need the original when doing enhancements. Enhancements are considered as any one thing or a combination of things that digitally alters the forming elements from the original. It could include manipulating all aspects of the colors, image sharpness, removal of unwanted marks, squaring, cropping, etc. You're welcome to make an appointment to work with our printing specialists as they make adjustments and proof your image.
Color matching is as much an art as it is technology. When you want to accurately match your artwork, we must have the original to compare to in-house as your image is proofed and adjustments made. You'll receive all the printed proofs required to get a close representation of your original.Your charged $29 minium for 3 proofs.
Many artists and photographers like us to enhance images, rather than proof and adjust for color accuracy. This is often less costly and could result in better sales for you. Enhancements are based upon the uniqueness of the art piece. They range from color, saturation, contrast, value range, image sharpness, removal of unwanted marks, etc.
To get a quote, message us all your concerns when you upload your image. Once you've agreed to the cost and terms, we'll begin the hands-on work. You'll receive two email proofs. One that reads more accurately to the original and one with the enhancements. For printed proofs upload your image and select the media and finishes you would desire.
Recommended for the professional photographer or serious hobbyist that will ensure your satisfaction with all your future print orders with us. The image on your monitor most likely will not look like your print. It will be darker or lighter and warmer or cooler than the printed image when the monitor is not calibrated to our printer.