Many photographers, artists, and even hobbyists have learned the advantages of reproducing their artwork by printing onto canvas. Known as giclée printing, this process lends an ultra-professional look to the print while being easy to reproduce one-by-one or in bulk.
What is Giclée Printing?
Giclée (pronounced “gee-clay”) is a French word that means “to spray” and refers to the professional printing process where digital prints are reproduced using ink-jet printing. When printing on canvas, the biggest distinction between giclée printing and using any old ink jet printer is that giclée prints are created using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers.
The technology of a professional printer sprays incredibly small pixels of rich, vibrant archival light-fast inks onto the canvas at a very high rate of speed. This produces amazingly smooth and brilliant images with such precision that no dots, blurs or lines are discernible to the eye. And the hues are true to the colors of the original artwork.
How We Reproduce Art on Canvas
There is a multi-step process that goes into ArtisanHD giclée printing or art reproduction on canvas. First, the artwork is digitized, either by a scan or a high-resolution photo capture. Then the image file is analyzed for color balance, contrast, and brightness, and any scratches or dust specks are removed using imaging software, like Adobe Photoshop. Next, the image is proofed. And before printing the final product, test strips are run through the printer to ensure color accuracy and to see if any additional corrections need to be made.
When we are satisfied with the proof, the final giclée art prints are sized – you can select just about any custom size print – and printed. The final print is coated with a liquid UV protective laminate and finished by hand-stretching the canvas around a wooden frame. This helps give the print the appearance of an original painting.
Cost-Effective and Durable
Giclée art reproductions are a cost-effective option for artists and photographers who would like to mass produce their work, but only as needed, or on-demand. Once our Artisans digitally archive an image, an infinite number of additional giclée printing reproductions can be made with minimal effort and will appear the same as the beautiful original masterpiece. Giclée prints on canvas are also very durable and can last quite a long time.
Get started on your own giclée on canvas work of art today! Just upload your digital print to the ArtisanHD configurator and choose your finishing options, such as the wrap style and frame size. Canvas prints can be made in almost any size, so the customization options are endless!
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Updated November 2020