The Giclée Process
With the introduction of Giclée Archival Pigment Printing with
the new Epson 9600 Pro printer,
Call-Tech Graphics is blending the sensibilities of traditional fine art printmaking with the exacting
world of digital imaging.
The Epson 9600 Pro printer is among the best piezo inkjet printers available. With the ability
to print variable droplet sizes down to an incredibly small four picoliters at a resolution of
2880x1440 dots per inch, this printer can produce museum-quality prints. The seven color inkset
(cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, and light black) has a broad tonal range, and
excellent color saturation, to produce prints with smooth color blends and excellent shadow and
Inks and Longevity
The new Ultrachrome inks are made from pigments, not dyes, and
rated for archival life of up to
100 years, depending on the substrate. This new seven-color inkset from Epson is designed to
have a large color gamut, to accurately reproduce saturated colors and has a specially formulated
black ink to produce deep blacks on the matte surfaces of most fine-art papers. The combination
of long-lived pigment inks with 100% acid-free papers yields an archival-quality print which will
retain its brilliance for generations.
Call-Tech Graphics uses many different fine-art substrates,
including watercolor papers and
cotton canvas. These substrates are special ordered. Prices and turnaround times on
special order papers may vary. The following are four of the best rated substrates:
Somerset Velvet Enhanced:One of the most popular papers for giclée printing, Somerset
Epson Fine Art Smooth:This acid free 100% cotton rag paper is produced exclusively for
Epson Fine Art Textured:This acid free 100% cotton rag paper is produced exclusively for
Canvas:Made from the highest quality 100% cotton duck fabric, this unique heavyweight (18.8
Custom Giclée Printing
Call-Tech Graphics can translate your photograph, painting,
drawing or other original into a museum quality
giclée archival pigment print. The exact procedure for doing this will depend on the nature
of your original and the amount of digital color or image adjustment that you desire.
The first step in the giclée process is the creation of a
digital file to print. This is the most important
step, and the time spent on preparing the file will determine how your finished print will look.
For photographic images, image acquisition involves scanning your negative or slide and color balancing
the image to produce color that is pleasing and natural. 35mm, 120, 4x5 or 8x10 film will
be professionally drum scanned and the color and density will be adjusted as needed. For old or
damaged photographs, this step may also involve digital restoration.
For reproduction of fine art originals, such as paintings or drawings on canvas or paper, the process
begins with shooting a 4x5 or 8x10 copy of the original and adjusting the color of the file until it is an
accurate representation of the original, which usually involves making several proofs to check the color.
Once the digital file is created, it is archived to in-house CD
or DVD, so that re-ordering prints is
as easy as calling or sending us an e-mail. This allows artists to have open editions which can be
printed on demand, in small runs, and at multiple sizes.