Freed Fine Art
The Giclee printing process requires the acquisition of a digital image produced by high quality digital photography or high resolution scanning of slides, transparencies, negatives or prints. In my case, I provide my printer with a two and one quarter inch transparency for each of my original pieces of artwork. That image is then scanned and digitally archived. To order my prints, I simply specify the image by title and request a print surface, size and quantity. The actual printing process is broken down into two methods: The Iris Giclee printing process generally uses paper for a printing surface. The paper is mounted onto a rotating drum that is precisely sprayed with millions of microscopic specks of archival inks. The second method, commonly referred to as the Roland Giclee printing process, generally uses canvas as a printing surface. Large rolls of canvas are slowly fed into the printing machine while small amounts of ink are methodically and accurately applied inch by inch. The finished product is a durable and lasting canvas print that can be stretched and displayed just like its original counterpart.