What is a Giclee print?
A giclee print is a professionally produced print using wide format inkjet printers, archival quality canvas or fine art paper and archival grade inks.
Why do you add a 1 inch border around paper prints?
I ask our printers to add an extra 1″ border around the printed artwork for two reasons:
- to protect the corners and sides of the artwork itself from getting bent AND
- to provide an edge to mount to the frame or mat without having to cover up the artwork itself.
This border adds to the final paper size dimensions of the print.
Are prints or canvases coated or sealed?
Prints are generally not sprayed or coated. Artworks that have large expanses of dark colors (like a solid black background) may be spray coated to alleviate potential scuff marks visible within the print if not looking at it behind glass or a clear plastic sleeve. This is left to the discretion of the printer.
Will my print or canvas fade?
The inks used by our printers are archival grade and are promoted as being resistant to fading over time.
How should I care for my artwork?
To extend the life-span of your artwork, store or hang your prints out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme temperature changes or exposure to humidity. We recommend hanging paper prints behind glass or acrylic glazing when displayed. If storing prints, you should keep the prints in sealed clear, acid free bags such as the one the print is shipped in.
My print is curled? What do I do?
Paper prints are printed from large rolls and may have a tendency to curl. While this does not effect the quality of the print in any way, it can be aggravating.
I have our printers ship prints up to a certain size in flat mailers so they have an opportunity to lose their curl, but this is not always a guarantee. This is especially true during colder months.
The best way of dealing with a curled paper print is to allow it to sit flat for a few days and let it uncurl on its own.