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The Process and Origins of Limited Editions on Canvas

What is a Giclee fine art limited edition on canvas?

It is the most popular and currently the best and preferred way to make reproductions of an original painting that the artist then signs and numbers. Typically, a select amount of these high quality archival limited editions on canvas are made.

The term: “Giclee” is a French word meaning loosely “to spray”, as part of the process is to spray archival dyes or real pigmented inks directly onto a canvas.

Currently, this is the best way to achieve near perfect reproductions of an original painting. The country’s top fine art print makers use this giclee process almost exclusively today.

The Process:

1. First the original painting is SCANNED. In the old days they would call this a photograph. However, to achieve the quality in the fine art print making you see today, a high tech digital camera and lighting system is used, costing in excess of $80,000. These revolutionary digital cameras and lighting systems are able to capture pretty much every aspect of an artist’s original painting.

2. Next, this mega digital file is then modified and massaged for many hours by an expert in digital files and large format archival quality ink-jet fine art printers.

3. After several hours of modifications and adjustments with this digital file and many color proofs, the outcome (sprayed archival inks directly on canvas) closely matches the colors and values of the original painting. A UV varnish is coated on the print afterwards to allow for handling and protection.