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Printing Methods & Papers

Choosing a printer is a daunting task for most artists.  The printer we are fortunate enough to partner with has been printing Fine Art since 1979 and their prints have hung in the Smithsonian.  

We have carefully chosen a variety of printing methods to satisfy a mix of price and quality ranges.  These printing methods include Giclée printing on Pigment Watercolor and Archival Matte paper as well as LightJet printing on Matte/Metallic Archival professional photo paper.  

To learn more about these printing options, read the information below.

Giclée printing

What is a “Pigment Giclée?”
You probably already know that the word “Giclée“ is French, with a loose English translation of “to spray”.  A Giclée print is not a photo print per-se, but rather an expensive high-end ink-jet pigment based print with higher resolution heads and the ability to work with archival fine art pigments.

Our printer’s Giclée printing method is an ultra-high apparent resolution of 1800 dpi, with a twelve color printing process using a Canon Pigment printer.  This provides a larger color gamut than the four and six color versions on the market today.  For extended print longevity, our printer uses Canon Lucia Pigmented Inks, according to Wilhelm Imaging Research reports, consistently outlast Epson Ultrachrome.

Pigment Watercolor Papers

We have chosen the best papers to bring out the colors and depth of the artwork, they include:

  • Fine Art Hahnemühle Velvet Photo Rag (Matte) : The fine, smooth surface, heavy weight (308 g, 21-mil thick), and feel of Photo Rag® make this paper versatile with impressive pictorial depth and detail. Photo Rag® is a white, 100% cotton paper and with its premium matte coating Photo Rag® meets the highest industry standards regarding density, color gamut, color graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.
  • Baryta (Semi-Gloss) : A smooth surface, heavy weight (320 g, 18-mil thick) gallery grade glossy, bright white paper made from 100% α-Cellulose.   The improved coating formulation guarantees a homogeneous surface and top printing quality with high density and a large color gamut.
  • Hot Press (Matte) : A high quality smooth art paper and heavy weight (300 g, 19.5-mil thick) make it ideal for fine art reproductions.  This eco-friendly, OBA-free fine art paper is 100% pure cotton meeting some of the highest archival standards. 
  • Archival Matte : featuring a smooth surface, heavy weight (230 g, 9.5-mil thick), neutral white, matte paper engineered for accurate color reproduction that provides high contrast and high-resolution output.
These papers give the “wow” factor and sets the benchmark for high color depth, large color gamut and image definition.  

    (Fine art papers are offered as a limited number, artwork will be signed and numbered) 

    LightJet printing 

    Images are printed using high-end LightJet printers, ensuring that your valued artwork will be around for generations to enjoy.  Sharpness and color are a result of the three (red, green and blue) solid-state lasers. Providing excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, a wide color gamut, and fantastic gamma (contrast).  Our printer uses the same Canon Lucia Pigmented Inks as the Giclée printing method for extended print longevity.

    Matte, Lustre/Satin and Metallic Archival Paper

    We have chosen the best papers to bring out the colors and vibrancy of the artwork, they include:

    • Kodak Endura Archive (Lustre/Satin, Metallic/High-Gloss)
    • Fuji Crystal Archive (Matte, Metallic/High-Gloss)

    These papers also provide the "wow" factor but with more economical pricing. They have excellent ink retention characteristics and a color gamut that is second to none. The paper maintains a traditional E surface finish, providing an elegant texture consistent to that of a traditional dark room print.  Resulting in prints that are sharp, vibrant, and exceptionally rich-looking that deliver an enhanced look of brighter colors while maintaining accurate flesh tones.  With an extended print life (100+ years) you will be able to enjoy your artwork well into the future.

    (Photo papers are offered as an open number, artwork will be digitally signed) 

    Artwork is printed on-demand, please allow up to 7 business days for printing in addition to shipping time.