What Exactly Is “Giclée,” Anyway?
If you are looking for giclée prints in the Nashville area, you probably already know what they are. But just in case, giclée is a French word which loosely translates to “sprayed.” It is a fitting name because it refers to the method of production. We use the latest inkjet printing technology. The ink is actually sprayed onto various print media types.
We provide the absolute finest giclée printing services you can get. Hands down. We scan everything from paintings and watercolors to photo negatives and slides. Older methods of print reproduction involved expensive photographic prints or high quantity lithographs. These required the artist or photographer to print hundreds or even thousands of prints at a time.
But those days are gone! As technology has become more and more sophisticated in the digital age, it has also become smaller. This enables us to reproduce digital images with space age detail. That also means we can provide you with a more affordable and creative method of reproduction for many sorts of digital images.
Since the print head actually uses ink jet, it is able to print on a range of print materials. These include canvas, heavy art paper, watercolor paper, and vinyl.
Delivering Print-Ready Digital Files
The giclée process does require any original piece (painting or photograph) to be in digital format. Artwork, photos, and transparencies must be scanned or photographed with high resolution equipment. We prefer that you send these to us through an online file transferring platform, such as Dropbox. Please do so in the form of a JPG, TIFF, or PSD. Make sure to save the files at the final print size and at least 300 dpi. We can also accept a flash drive, CD, etc. delivered to our location. If you are unsure how to save your files, please call us at 615-815-6015. We will gladly walk you through the process and remove any confusion.
Benefits of Using the Giclée Process
Using giclée prints allows artists and photographers at every level to archive their work in a way that emulates the original. You have the ability to produce as many or as few as you would like. Giclée is great for photographers of all levels, from amateur shooting with a simple point-and-click device to a seasoned photographer shooting with the most sophisticated equipment. Giclée prints also give artists the ability to provide new looking reproductions of their drawings, paintings, and more. Even 3-D and digital artists can get in on the fun! You can have your work photographed and reproduce prints of that work for many applications, such as portfolio presentation and resale!
How We Do It
Our equipment is literally the best on the planet. We use the latest 44″ wide format aqueous-based printers by Epson, which uses cutting-edge technology. Our print heads are capable of producing a droplet on the microscopic scale giving us the widest range of color, clarity, and detail. Additionally, we are using only Epson manufactured inks which ensure the highest quality when it comes to color, UV resistance, and archivability. Our printers are designed for quality and that is truly what sets us apart as a producer of giclée service.