Many artists have learned the advantages of reproducing their art by printing on to canvas, commonly called giclée printing. What is giclée printing? Giclée (pronounced “zhee-klay”) is a French word that means “to spray or spurt liquid.” One distinction between giclée printing and using any old ink-jet printer to print on to canvas 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 inks onto the canvas at a very high rate of speed. This system produces amazingly smooth and vibrant images true to the colors of the original painting with such precision that no dots, blurs or lines are discernible to the eye.

There is a multi-stepped process that goes in to creating a quality giclée print or art reproduction on canvas. First, the image is digitized, either by a scan or a high resolution photo capture. The image file is analyzed for color balance, contrast, brightness, and any scratches or dust specks are removed using imaging software, like Photoshop. Before printing the final product, the image is proofed. Test strips are run to ensure color accuracy and see if any additional corrections need to be made. When satisfied with the proof, the final giclee art prints are sized and printed. The final print is coated with a liquid UV protective laminate and often finished by stretching around a wooden frame to give the appearance of an original painting.

Giclée art reproductions are a great option for artists and photographers who would like to mass produce their work, but print only as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, an infinite number of additional giclée reproductions can be made with minimal effort and will appear the same as the original giclée produced.

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