high quality reproduction starts with a super high quality digitization
of your original. Five different methods of inputting your artwork into
a computer for the purpose of giclée reproduction are discussed
digital capture of originals using 4x5 professional camera,
high resolution Apo lens, indirect lighting
and high resolution scanning camera back such as the Phase
One PowerPhase. The
accuracy of electronic focusing, uniform lighting software, fidelity of
the electronic eye, precision of computerized exposure control and the
balancing of the colors using sophisticated ICC profiling are the reasons
why this method is the best. Please do not confuse this set up with low
cost ordinary digital cameras (just the cost of the lens alone on this
setup exceeds the cost of the consumer digital cameras by several times).
Drum scanning (or high quality flat
bed scanning) of transparency of the original produced using professional
photography of the original on 4x5 or 8x10 transparency captured by
micro focused large format camera, high resolution Apo lens and indirect
lighting. The quality of transparencies varies greatly due to the photographer's
experience, specialty, lighting and camera equipment as well as the
grade and quality of film and its processing.
Direct scanning of originals on flat bed
or drum scanners. This method is not recommended for textured or reflective
surfaces due to the direct lighting of the scanning mechanism. Direct
lighting creates shadows and reflection on the surface of the originals
as they are scanned. These anomalies add unnatural effects to the scanned
image and create reflections that causes loss of detail and color in all
or parts of the scanned image.
Flat bed scanning of 35mm camera output such
as prints or slides. The quality of these captures varies greatly due
to the camera, lens, lighting, focusing, film speed, developing and the
photographer's experience. This method can produce medium quality portraits
and photo-art reproduction where detail and accuracy of colors are not
as significant. We do not recommend enlargements of 35mm photos or prints
beyond 24"x30" due to the film grain magnification. For choice of film,
we recommend the use of 100 ASA film speed or less, as high-speed films
produce noticeable grain.
Direct digital capture using consumer grade
digital cameras. The quality of these captures varies greatly due to
camera manufacturer, resolution and lighting method. These types of
cameras do not produce large enough files for enlargements. As a general
rule file sizes between 50 to 150 megabytes are needed for giclée
reproduction. Ordinary digital cameras produce file sizes between 1
to 10 megabytes. A 10 megabyte digital file can be printed to 16"x20"
size in medium photograph quality, but not fine art quality.
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Method of Capture
We prefer direct digital capture using a
4x5 medium format professional camera with a high resolution Apo lens,
indirect lighting and a high
resolution scanning camera back
to capture and digitize your original
art work under perfect colorimetric and lighting conditions. This method
captures, and assures, the highest level of details and sharpness with
well defined highlights and shadows.
for Giclée Reproduction services:
These rates are for the scanning and capture
processes only. For pricing on output and other services, please go to the
- We can use your original, if you want
us to use the BEST
method as described above ($125.00 capture
fee up to 6'x 8').
- We can scan your professionally captured
4x5 or 8x10 transparencies with embedded color and gray scale ($45.00
- We can scan photograph prints or slides
of anything ($45.00 fee).
- We can use digital files of your artwork
in TIFF (*.tif) format that are 50 to 150 megabytes original size (not
resampled). We also need a color proof in order to match the colors,
as colors may appear differently on your monitor.
- Artist Canvas
- Water Color Paper
- Photo Matte Paper
- Photo Gloss Paper
- See Through Vinyl
- Adhesive Back Vinyl
- Fabrics & More . . .