Giclee & Fine Art Printing
Pronounced "jhee-clay", Giclee is a sophisticated inkjet printing method. A French term which means, "to spray". It was actually coined by a U.S. company to distinguish the printing process (using a highly refined inkjet printer that sprays micro-droplets) from that of a standard offset printing process.
Giclee merges the use of professional grade large format printers with archival pigment inks, acid free watercolor papers and canvas. By using custom profiles, precise color correction and expert scanning, pigment printing can render subtle gradations and many colors that would be out of range with other technologies. HPI utilizes the latest imaging equipment and profiling technology. All art substrates used are archival and acid free.
Every file sent to us is opened and tested for color, resolution and shadow/highlight information. We do not retouch, color correct or resize any image provided for Giclee printing unless requested by the client. Ordered proofs are printed on the final output substrate (i.e. canvas or watercolor), not generic proofing paper. When supplied with original art, we will scan, correct and proof to be as close as possible to the original.
Speak directly with a Giclee printmaker, not a receptionist.
Tired of talking to salespeople or receptionists who do not have any in depth knowledge of fine art printing? Your technical questions and concerns are always addressed by the printmaker before, during and after the order is processed. We do not (and will never) outsource any Giclee printing. All printing is produced on site and all original art never leaves the premises.
Giclee prints offer the ability to reproduce artwork on a variety of specially treated substrates including canvas, fine art papers and photo papers. They also make reproducing artwork more cost effective than offset printing -- especially when produced in limited runs.