One of the primary advantages to artists and publishers creating giclee art prints is the control available by manipulation of the digital file. Artists and publishers can use software like photoshop to alter their original images to improve the size, color, tone, clarity and definition. Also, artists can design or create their own print image completely on a computer using these special designer software programs, thus producing effects that could not be created otherwise. However, the costs per giclée print can be quite high because the paper, ink machinery and specialist time involved are expensive. The machines are very slow often taking an hour to print one print sheet. However, it should be noted that one of most impressive features of giclee fine art prints is not only the quality, but also the quantity that is able to be produced.
In order to understand giclee,
it is important to recognize the work that goes into creating the
perfect reproduced giclee fine art image. There are generally four
steps that go into perfecting an image before it is ready to be
converted into a giclee canvasfine art print. First, the image is digitized. Then the image is
corrected using image-modifying software. The image file is analyzed
for color balance, contrast, brightness and many other criteria. If
scratches or dust specks are found, they are removed at this stage.
Next, the image can be enlarged or scaled down if necessary. Finally,
the image is proofed. This is a simple way of running test strips of
the giclee art print to determine if the setup phase needs tweaking.
It's important the Color Master have a good eye for color and value
(levels of gray). When satisfied with the proof, the final giclee art
prints are sized and printed. It's important to note that the giclée
can be reprinted an infinite number of times at different sizes and
will always appear the same as the original giclee print.
Read more on giclee printing and other subjects such as photos on canvas and giclee canvas art prints and printing on canvas by visiting industry blogs.