Q. What Is A Giclée?
Giclée ( pronounced "Zhee-Clay") is from the French language word
"le gicleur" meaning "nozzle" or more specifically "gicler"
meaning "to squirt, spurt , or spray." It is an invented
name used to
describe the process of making fine art reproductions
from a digital
source, using high quality ink jet printers. The digital
be from original art, photographs, or even computer
Although it is ink jet technology, Do not mistake it for
printer at home. The process is far more sophisticated
than that. And
even though the process is digital, keep in mind... Not
prints are Giclées. Giclée printers have to adhere to
printmaking standards to be able to call their prints Giclées. All in
all, Giclée printing provides a luminosity and brilliance that
represent the artist's original work better than any reproduction
technique available today. It is recognized as "the next best thing
to owning the original".
How does Artpix Studio’s Limited Edition Giclée Printing
compare in quality to that of commercial printing?
A. There are
many commercial printing companies and the quality of printing varies
tremendously. The low-to-medium-end commercial printers use a modest
four color range and lightweight (80 lb. or less) wood paper. Customers
have very little choice but to accept the color as is once the separations
are made. There are a handful of high-end commercial printers who
do excellent work. They will use a heavy rag paper and spend considerably
more time on creating the separations and working with the artists.
This results in an excellent product. The high-end commercial printers
are very expensive, however, since customers have to purchase a
large quantity of prints all at once; this typically costs several
thousand dollars and is not a cost effective option for most. Artpix
Studio produces high quality prints, in small, more easily handled
quantities. This ability provides customers with the best opportunity
to see their limited edition succeed.
How many prints should I plan my edition to be?
A. There is
a trend toward smaller edition sizes. It is difficult to determine
how many prints will sell, but you should plan the number of prints
in your edition to be a realistic number. Customers have set edition
sizes to be anywhere from fifteen to five hundred. The general public
relies on the integrity of the artist not to produce any more prints
than the stated number of his/her edition. Certificates
of Authenticity are often used to reassure customers.
If you plan an edition of one hundred, but in the end less than
one hundred prints are made, that is fine. People want to make sure
that the number of prints actually produced does not exceed the
stated edition size, thus making the edition less exclusive or limited.
Will my limited edition fade over time?
and external factors will determine how well your edition holds
up to the test of time. Internal factors include the materials used
to make the print. Artpix Studio uses fade
resistant inks, and archival
rag papers and canvas. This is an excellent starting
point, but external factors play a role as well. The chief culprits
among external factors are too much light (particularly sunlight),
too much moisture, wide temperature fluctuations, air pollution
and insect damage. Here’s where the artist and collector can
take some common sense precautions to improve how well the print
withstands the aging process. Artpix Studio recommends that you
educate customers who purchase your work (originals and limited
editions) how proper framing and simple precautions can conserve
their investment. Our Certificates
provide information about preserving artwork.
Can you remove my signature from appearing in my limited edition
A. Many artists
request that we remove their signature from the edition. This is
a smart decision as every print should be hand signed and numbered
by the artist. If your signature is removed from the print then
the only signature appearing will be your hand signed one. This
presents a more upscale, polished limited edition. Please indicate
on the order form if you would like us to provide this service.
Are there any extra charges involved?
A. Artpix Studio
does everything possible to avoid extra charges. We depend on you
to supply us with the transparency and/or other material to help
us make your limited edition. Experience has taught us that not
everyone supplies accurate, quality material. If we have to spend
considerable extra time cleaning up a transparency with an unusual
number of scratches, imperfections, etc. then there could be an
extra charge involved. Our policy is to notify customers before
any additional work beyond the normal scope is performed and to
explain exactly what needs to be done and inform them of the associated
cost. Extra charges are reasonable, but are also avoidable.
The transparency of my painting also includes the frame. Can you
crop the frame so it will not appear in my edition?
A. Artpix Studio
can crop a frame or matte from a transparency, straighten a slightly
crooked picture, etc. These are basic, normal tasks and it is obvious
when we receive a transparency what needs to be done. Important:
Artpix Studio’s normal cropping procedure is to crop the image
for a clean edge, removing frames, mattes, ragged edges, etc. If
you would like any of these left in, please make us aware of this
at the time you place your order.
Can the size of my prints be an exact size in order to fit pre-cut
A. The actual
size of your prints can be any size you wish. However, if you need
your prints to be an exact size, you need to let us know this at
the time you place your order. Artpix Studio’s normal procedure
on sizing is to size the image to the largest dimension (H or W)
and let the other dimension fall proportionately. Example: If a
customer wants an image to be 16”H x 20”W and does not
state “exactly”, we will size the width to 20”
and let the height fall in proportion. If the 16”H x 20”W
needs to be exact, we may have to crop part of the image if it does
not fall in proportion to your original. In this case, we will notify
the customer to discuss the cropping, unless indicated on the transparency.
In addition, you will be notified of the exact image size when you
receive your proof.
Can my Limited Edition Prints be different in size than my original
A. Artpix Studio
can make your print a variety of sizes in proportion to the original.
If your original is quite large, it does not mean the print has
to be as large as possible as well. Some works of art are meant
to be larger, but you should remember that the limited edition is
a separate product than the original. We have seen many customers
do quite well with smaller sized prints. If you are fairly inexperienced,
the most conservative way to start is most likely with a smaller
What advice do you have for customers so they can get the most out
of Artpix Studio’s service?
who have done very well have all started out on the right foot by
supplying us with good, accurate material and clearly conveying
what they want. Please make sure you read all of our information
and call if you have any questions. We are here to help you and
want you to get as much out of our service as possible.