Frequently Asked Questions: things you need and want to know!
What is Giclée?
Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") is the highest quality fine art reproduction available. The printing process involves the use of advanced computer technology, professional grade large format printers, archival inks, and acid free watercolor papers and canvas.
What is Limited Edition?
A limited edition is a series of similar or identical looking prints, sculptures, or other fine art reproductions normally hand signed and numbered by the artist. Limited editions have an assigned number of prints that will be produced.
What is Open Edition?
An open edition is a series of identical prints, sculptures, or other fine art reproductions that can be hand signed by the artist and created in unlimited numbers.
What is the advantage of Giclee Prints compared to other fine art reproduction techniques?
Giclée prints are created with specially formulated archival inks which provide greater longevity than those used in lithography or silkscreen prints.
Are these prints smudge-proof and waterproof?
Yes. They also may be additionally coated with UV coatings/varnishes which increase durability. Giclee prints of pastels and watercolors which are printed on paper should be framed behind glass. Like original oil paintings on canvas, giclee prints on canvas do not require framing behind glass, especially if varnished.
How long are the prints going to last?
Under normal lighting conditions, our inks will not show noticeable fading for at least 200 years. Although, it is not recommended by ink and media manufacturers that prints be exposed to direct sunlight, especially for long periods of time. If you handle your giclee just as you would with an original - with care and caution - than it will last even longer than the original.
What is a certificate of authenticity?
It is a certificate supplied with each sold giclee print, that provides information about Copyright ownership, print title, size, media, number in the limited edition, edition size, release date, printer name, etc. The certificate gives you a guaranty of museum quality standards and fine art value.
What are the terms of payment?
We require payment in full when the order is placed. We accept major credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, & American Express
Will a print match exactly what it looks like on my computer screen?
It may, only if you are lucky! The way a picture appears on your screen depends on your screen settings like contrast, brightness, color profile, etc. The same picture may appear different on different screens. The same picture printed on different media or on a different printer will appear different as well. What you can count on is that the print will look beautiful and very close to the original artwork.