SPECIAL NOTE WITH MY CANVAS PRINTS:
I need to emphasize and make it abundantly clear that I use only the highest quality matte Canvas (from Breathing Color-Lyve Canvas) It ensures incredible detail and resolution. It enables longevity and lasting ability from fading and it is also water-proof-when also sealed with their archival print varnish (Glamour 2). I use the best wood for making my own stretcher bars, so that the best care is taken in avoiding ‘warping’ of the frame throughout it’s lifetime. I have mastered my own distinct techniques and styles in achieving the ultimate beautiful Giclée print. These are done with my photographs that you will not see anywhere else. That is why I number the canvas pieces. They are truly unique! You will also get the highest ‘standard’ in the overall quality and excellence since I’m the printer (using a Canon iPF 8400) as well as the Photographer/Photoshop-editor. I also print my own Giclée paper prints (I use Premium Enhanced Matte Paper). My work exceeds most industries (like Costco, and other professional labs) in terms of materials, knowledge, experience, quality control, and in my techniques. You are buying not only my beautiful and enhanced photographs, but you are buying into my 30 years of proven dedication, passion, and my attention to producing High Quality Wall Art with the best materials for a reasonable price. My prices are therefore set to reflect these sentiments. I’m hoping that this ‘special note’ gives you the confidence and appreciation for you to buy my work. The metal prints also reflect my standard in quality even though I do not print them myself. It still incorporates all of my principals and expectations, but unfortunately the cost is just more expensive per square inch, the framing, and the shipping of the heavier material. I guarantee all of my work!
Dye sublimation printers (also known as “Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer Printers”) are known for their high quality photographic output. As the technology continues to be improved, dye sublimation printers are bringing cost-effective high quality digital printing into the mainstream. Consumers can even purchase a desktop dye sublimation printer for under $900.
Dye sublimation printing starts with films that contain dyes. This will either be a single 4-layered film with cyan, magenta, yellow, and gray pigments or 4 separate films for each color. Because the films contain the pigments, they will appear red, blue, green, and gray.
During the printing process, the films are placed on the paper and heated up by the print head. This will cause the pigments to leave the film and enter into the paper where it cools re-solidifies. This is the “sublimation” part. Sublimation means to heat something and turn it into a vapor, then to form it back into a solid. Because the pigments go from solid, to gas, and back to solid, there is little mess compared to ink.
There are two factors that contribute to the quality of dye sub printers. The first is continuous tone, and the other is un-dithered color.
The color produced by a dye-sub is the result of the mixing of pigments to get the actual color. This is in contrast to most other printing methods which use a tight group of colored dots which, when seen by the human eye from a distance, appear to be a color (a process known as “dithering”). Under magnification, the dots are clearly different colors, and when seen close up with the naked eye the picture appears grainy. Because only one color needs to be printed (instead of up to four), a dye sub can place more dots on a paper. It takes a 1200 dpi printer to get the resolution a 300 dpi dye-sub printer is capable of.
Another difference that helps is that because the color sublimes on the paper instead of being laid down as little dots, the edges of each pixel are blurred. This gives the impression of blending for a more natural appearance. Dots from an inkjet leave large white gaps in between pixels, giving the impression of a grain.
Since longevity is something we all want from our photographs, it’s also comforting to know that because dyes sublimate into the paper instead of just being painted onto its surface, dye sub prints tend to resist fading and are often colorfast. Using special dyes and papers allow them to last even longer.
Giclée, commonly pronounced “zhee-clay,” is an invented term for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using inkjet printing. The word Giclée is from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt, to spray”, was created by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial “Iris proofs” from the type of fine art prints artists were producing on those same types of printers. The term, originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality inkjet print.
Giclées can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, to transparent acetates. Giclées are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually ‘continuous tone’, rather than tiny dots. The range, or “gamut” of color for Giclées is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper. Since Giclée printers can use media in rolls, large print sizes are available, limited only by the length and width of the roll.
Lithography uses tiny dots of four colors–cyan, magenta, yellow and black–to fool the eye into seeing various hues and shades. Colors are “created” by printing different size dots of these four colors. Giclées use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer. The process employs six colors–light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and black–of lightfast (fade resistant,) pigmented inks and finer, more numerous, replaceable printheads resulting in a wider color gamut, and the ability to use various media to print on. The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.
Giclée prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client. The quality of the Giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.