Fine Art Papers
A giclee prints is a way to classify a professionally produced print using inkjet technology, primarily printed on canvas or a fine art paper with archival grade inks. While the process is only several decades old, it has quickly become the method of choice for both artists and photographers. Read more…
The following type of prints come ready to hang: framed prints, wood prints, acrylic prints, metal prints (with the exception of some styles), stretched and mounted canvas prints and metal prints will arrive ready-to-hang. Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.
Choosing the paper that best compliments your artwork or photography is how you should gauge which paper is best. While our staff will be happy to offer suggestions sometimes the best choice won’t be obvious until you view the image printed on the paper. There are four characteristics that affect how an image will appear on any of our varied fine art papers: ink absorption, brightness, texture and gloss levels (if any). We recommend a good start is to test printing small prints on different papers as well as to order one of our starter kits so that you can see and feel the different papers.
To extend the life-span, store you giclee fine art paper print out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme temperature changes or exposure to humidity. It is recommended that paper prints be framed behind glass or acrylic glazing when ultimately on display. If kept in a retail environment unframed you should keep the prints sealed in clear bags which are acid free like what we offer for sale on our website.
Some papers have more difficulty in flattening our then others. This is especially true during the cooler months but can happen during any time of the year. The papers the prints are produced on are originally in rolls and the prints are printed to these rolls. I most cases we will ship prints up to a certain size flat so that they have had time to loose their curl and flatten out however this is not a guarantee. Thicker or heavier weight papers may still need more time to flatten out. We have a blog posting on our site which discusses this in more detail as well as some solutions.
In most cases your prints will not be coated and definitely not laminated. In some instances we may need to coat prints which have large expanses of dark colors in them such as solid black backgrounds. This is to help alleviate potential scuff marks that are visible within the print if not looking at it behind glass or a clear plastic sleeve.
Yes. The fine art paper prints are printed with a method we refer to as giclee printing. This is a technology that has evolved since the late 20th century to use primarily aqueous wide format printers with archival inks on archival media.
More and more fine art photographers are turning to giclee prints since in many cases photos look better and have a wider color gamut then you might normally experience with traditional photo prints. This was not always the case but advancements in inkjet technology over the past 10 years have allowed the right image with the right paper to offer a superior color gamut and better contrast and depth.
We do not recommend this. We cannot guarantee any paper print that has been embellished or had paint applied to it. Unlike canvas many of the papers will wilt and warp like most papers when saturated with any sort of liquid base. While some customers have reported success with both acrylic and oil paints when embellishing their fine art paper prints others have reported negative results. If you think you want to try doing this you should consider ordering smaller prints to test and practice the technique that works best for you before attempting with a larger print. Most artists that attempt this will pre-coat their print with either a spray fixative or pray lacquer based coating to seal the print first.