There are several basic steps in the Giclee printing process. Gamma scans original art on our high-resolution ZBE Satallite flat bed scanner. This scanner is chosen for its ability to record subtleties in shadows and highlights. While many shops take the intermediate step of producing a transparency from the original art and then scanning it, Gamma's approach has always been to work directly from the original. This insures the most faithful rendition of the original. Where the original art is not available, from your supplied transparency or negative, Gamma scans on our Scitex Supreme, the industry's highest resolution scanner available.
Once we have a digital file that meets our criteria, we carefully balance the color to match the original art as closely as possible. The image can be cleaned up, color corrected, or manipulated to achieve the desired results.
The third step is the proofing of the image on either Gamma's Iris Ixia large format printer or the Epson 9800. The Iris, with its dye-based inks, is chosen for production on 100% cotton, acid free paper material. It can print an image up to 34" X 46". The Epson 9800, with its pigmented inks, is most suitable for Parrot's High Performance matte canvas. The Epson can produce prints up to 44" X 96".
In many cases our clients visit with our technicians at the computer station. This collaboration is key, for it is here where, with the artist's direction, we will make any alterations, including adjustments to sharpening and highlighting, color, cropping/sizing, or possibly manipulate selective parts of the image. Our clients appreciate our willingness to experiment and accommodate to obtain the best results.
At this point, a selection of closely related proofs will be given to our clients for approval. At times, a series of proofs may be requested to help fine-tune the image in preparation for the final printing. Once the final proof is signed by the artist, the actual printmaking process is ready to begin.
Gamma recommends treating Giclee prints the same way as any original piece of art. They should never be exposed to prolonged sunlight or other harsh conditions. Use of quality UV glass or plexi in the framing process will provide a meaningful level of protection to water soluble images.
It should be noted that while Gamma uses Lyson ink products, among the most stable manufactured, we do recommend clear coat, which provides additional ultraviolet protection and water and abrasion resistance. This is a fast dry, very elastic coating that will not turn yellow, oxidize, check, crack or peel.