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FAQ about our Giclée Fine Art Reproduction Services

What is Giclée?

Giclée (Ghee-clay) is an art reproduction process involving high-resolution digital photographs or scans of an original work of art, a series of test prints and image corrections that result in a final proof print that closely matches the original, followed by the creation of final Giclée art reproductions on archival fine art paper or canvas, that are printed with long-lasting pigment inks.
Giclée offers several advantages over traditional lithographic printing, with the main differences being excellent reproduction quality, print longevity, and the ability to run a smaller number of prints.
Traditional lithography printing is a four-color process. This studio uses Gicleé printers with an inkset of 11 different colors. This makes it possible to render details and subtle tones that are simply not possible with the older process.
The pigments in giclée inks are the same as those found in traditional oil paints. Under ideal conditions and displayed out of direct sunlight, our Giclée prints should last for more than 200 years.

Why This Studio?

This is a custom studio dedicated to creating the best art reproductions possible. Since I know how important art is to my clients, and because I consider fine art printing and photography my art, I can not imagine delivering anything less than excellent work.
Painting vary wildly in size, color, texture and contrast. Some use highly reflective paints, or very light and/or subtle tones. Photographing paintings for reproduction isn't actually that easy. It takes a great deal of experience and a good eye.
Over the past thirty five years I've photographed artworks of every imaginable kind for more than five hundred different artists. This is why I can confidently say that any work brought to this studio for reproduction won't be a problem.
For great digital captures needed for excellent reproduction prints, I use a proprietary digital capture system that creates enormous files of astonishingly high quality. Large files are necessary for high-resolution printing of large art reproductions. I never take small files and size them up using software. This degrades an image and results in less than optimal final prints.
My spacious, air-conditioned studio is conveniently located just a few miles north of Boston inside Rte 128. The Oak Grove T station is just up the street. Call from the station and I'll pick you up. There is free parking and a freight elevator. The studio has a security system, and a locked storage closed for art.
If your work can not be brought here, I frequently travel to other locations to shoot. Additional fees would apply. Please inquire.
This is a small studio dedicated to personal service and uncompromising quality. I'm here to work with you to get exactly the results you want, or better.

Can my artwork be legally reproduced?

• Yes, if you created the artwork
• Yes, if you have written permission from the artist
• Yes, if the work was created before copyright laws were created
• No, if the work is copyright protected
If it is legal to do so, what can be reproduced?
• Oil, acrylic and oil paintings of any size
• Photographs and prints in any condition
• Very glossy paintings
• Art with heavy brushstrokes or textures
• Very light pencil drawings
• Art with intricate detail
• Diptychs and triptychs
• Architectural drawings
• Framed paintings
• Works under glass
• Very light, dark or contrasty art
• Digital art and photographs
• Old negatives, transparencies or prints
  


What kinds of artworks present problems?

Artworks that have reflective metals or mirrors are problematic because our printers can’t apply gold, silver or other metals to your prints. Reflective surfaces need to be specially lit so that the metals or mirrors look like what they are.
Can you capture and reproduce brushstrokes and other surface details?
Yes. Brushstrokes and other fine details in your artwork can be brought to life through custom lighting. I sometimes shoot certain textured artworks many times, using different lighting adjustments, to get just the right effect. This takes time, but the final result is often breathtakingly realistic. So much so that one wants to touch these prints to see if they are "real" or not.

What do you do for works that are professionally framed and under glass?

Artworks under glass should be removed from their frames for the finest possible reproductions. Sometimes this is easy to do, and sometimes doing so requires the services of a professional framer. I work closely with a frame shop here in Melrose. They can remove your artwork from its frame so it can be photographed, then reassemble the frame.
This being said, removing a work of art from its frames is often too inconvenient for some clients. In those cases, I photograph the art with the glass and frame in place. To totally eliminate reflections on the glass, special filters are used. This does alter the contrast slightly, but this can be corrected later. Other techniques can also be used to eliminate reflections without filtering. If proper care is taken, it can be extremely difficult to tell that glass is present in the final capture images.
In November of 2014, I shot a collection of 102 artworks of various sizes for a client. Most were framed prints under glass. The frames were not removed. However the resulting images were so good that they are being used for a book on the collection.

Do you photograph artworks on location?

Yes. If your artwork is too big or valuable to transport to my studio, or if you have too many pieces, I can travel to your studio, home or any other location with my equipment. I do this frequently for families, galleries, museums, businesses, schools and those involved in art book publication. Please call 781-665-1122 for a quote.

My work has been sold or is not available. Can you make giclée prints from slides or 4x5 transparencies?

Yes, however the quality of your prints will depend on the quality of your slides or transparencies.
These items would be scanned to get a digital file. Test prints would be made from this file. These would be approved by the client. Final prints are then made from this digital image file.

How many prints can I order? Is there a minimum order? What about reprints?

The beauty of giclée printing is that you can order any number of prints. As would be expected, the cost-per-print goes down the more you order. If you need larger quantities than those listed, please ask. Reprints are available for the cost of printing only – capture and proof prices would not be added to your order.

Can prints be made from my digital files?

Yes. There is an upload page here. Since there may be difference between your computer and mine, test prints would be required. I charge $20 for each 15 minutes needed for testing and printing. A final test print needs to be approved by the client before final printing. This service is frequently provided to illustrators and graphic designers I work with.

Should I get fine art paper or canvas prints?

It depends on your original work of art. Watercolor paintings should be reproduced on watercolor paper. Works on paper with lots of pencil, ink or other fine detail look better on a smooth fine art paper. If your original painting is on canvas, then canvas prints will look the best, especially if the original painting has a glossy surface and fine surface details.

How long does it take to have my work reproduced?

Digital capture and proofing typically takes a week. Printing generally takes another week or less. These times may be longer or shorter depending on how much work I have at the studio. Rush service is available depending on my schedule. Rush fees would apply.

How are the prints delivered?

Paper prints are delivered in clear archival sleeves with acid-neutral, white backing boards and a certificate of authenticity. I can leave the sleeves open so you can add any information you want about the print to the sleeve before sealing - just let me know. Large prints are rolled, or can delivered flat in a foam core portfolio. There is a fee for the portfolio. Please let me know if want one.

I need help with graphic design for a book, a website or brochure. Can you help with this?

Yes, I work with several excellent graphic designers who can assist with print and web projects of any kind. We have worked together on numerous art books, art catalogs, websites and family histories. Let me know what you'd like to do and I'll make it happen.

Do you frame?

Yes, we now offer custom framing in house and carry the full line of Larson Juhl frames and matts. 

Do you guarantee the quality of your work?

The quality of all work I do is unconditionally guaranteed. I want you to be completely happy so you'll keep coming back.

Do you have certificates of Authenticity?

Yes, every paper or canvas print now comes with a certificate of authenticity. This states that the print was made using archival materials and long-lasting pigment inks. It states that all prints have recieved a protective ultraviolet and water-resistant finish. It also gives information about proper framing and display out of direct sunlight. The artist would sign and number this certificate, and include it with each print or canvas.

How long do your prints last?

Unfortunately, longevity depends a great deal on how a print is framed and displayed. If you want your prints to last, it is very important to frame them with archival matting and UV glass. Your prints should also not be displayed in direct sunlight, or under bright lights that produce high levels of ultraviolet light.
The papers and canvas I use are all acid-free and archival. For additional protection, every print is sprayed with a uv and water-resistant finish. I use pigment inks for all prints. These are the same long-lasting pigments found in oil paints.
Under ideal conditions, my pigment-ink Giclée art reproduction prints should last for more than 100 years.

More Questions?

I'm happy to answer any other questions you have or clarify the process for you. My studio number is 781-665-1122. Please give a call so I can help you out. Thanks!

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