The Giclée process begins with an image capture. The resulting print will only be as good as the digital file from which it was created. At Giclée of New England, Inc., we strive for the best possible print and begin by making the best possible image capture. We scan the original artwork and make as close a match as possible.
We can work with your digital files but will not guarantee results. If your files require extensive color correction or Photoshop manipulation in order to produce an acceptable print, the results may not be entirely satisfactory. If you are not working on a calibrated monitor, it is unlikely that colors will match exactly. For the highest quality Giclée, one must start with the highest quality image capture.
At Giclée of New England, Inc., your satisfaction is our goal. If our image capture does not meet your expectations, we do not charge you. We expect the artists we work with to be a part of the proofing process. After we make the initial color corrections, we invite the artist to specify any further corrections he or she would find necessary. Often the artist brings to the proofing process an artistic eye that sees a slight variation or color shift that results in imaging perfection.
The scans we make are 300ppi at 100%. Often the resulting files can be a gigabyte in size. We color correct to match the original art as closely as possible.
The sample above, shown at actual pixels or at the screen resolution of 72 ppi, is a small section of an image with print resolution of 300 ppi at 100% size of the original artwork captured by Giclée of New England, Inc. The original artwork was 36 x 48 inches. The texture of the canvas is visible, as are all the subtle color variations the artist created.
The second image is the image at print size. Detail and color gradations are visible. Brush strokes are visible as are the canvas texture and gradations in color as applied by the artist.
The last image is the image as captured by a professional photographer who did not specialize in art reproduction. The file is 72ppi (as large as it can be made) and is still smaller than the original painting. The colors do not match the original, the highlights are “blasted” and the shadow areas are filled in. The subtle gradations are lost, as are the texture and brush strokes. In an attempt to sharpen the image, there is a halo effect around the elements of the image and the digital noise is enhanced.
Image Capture Prices
8 x 10 or under $50.00
Up to 11 x 14 $75.00
Up to 16 x 20 $125.00
Over 20 x 24 $150.00
Thank you to Sabrina Garison for use of her artwork, Elements of Parish Life.
If one looks closely enough, one can see angels in every piece of art. ~Adeline Cullen Ray