Frequently Asked Questions

In this section you will find the answers to the questions that we have had about the giclee process.

If you have a question that is not listed below, please contact us for an answer to your specific questions.

Questions

1- WHAT IS A GICLEE?

The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".

The Term : The term  "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans or files and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.

The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

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2- What resolution do I need?

There is no hard, fast rule to determine the minimum file resolution for printing, there are many programs and techniques to increase you file size. The ideal printing resolution is 300dpi at your print size.

3- What colour mode should I use?

Your best option is adobe1998, Srgb1966 is also a preferred colour space.

4- What file format should I use?

The best file format is TIFF with no compression, we can also accept jpges, bitmaps, and PDF.

5- How can I send you my files?

We have a dedicated FTP server for clients with large files.

6- What is our turn around time?

Typically our turn around time is 24 hours.

7- What printer and inks do we use?

Epson Stylus PRO 9900 (44 inch) with Epson Ultrachrome HDR ink technology, please see our Service section for further information about out products.

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8- What do we mean with “colour controlled environment”?

When printing digitally it is vitally important to work within a colour controlled environment; this means using specialized tools to calibrate your computer monitor, and to create ICC profiles for your printer. Here at QSQ we use the X-rite EyeONE system.

The final step in maintaining a colour-controlled environment is to view your final product under “day light” balanced conditions using specialized bulbs.

9- Why is so important to have the monitor calibrated?

A properly calibrated monitor is essential for making prints that match the monitor image; it is an absolute necessity for success in the digital darkroom.

10- How long will my prints last?

All prints done at QSQ are archival quality, please see our Service page for specifics on each or our paper/canvas types.