Giclée Fine Art Reproduction
With a background in high-end color separation and a passion for art, Reno Type is the best bet for museum-quality reproductions of your original oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, photographs and drawings. We use Reno’s only operational high-end commercial scanner and materials inspected by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
Museum Quality Fine art reproduction
Every reproduction comes with a certificate of authenticity describing the archival chops of our process.
· Up to 60 by 120 inches
· Canvas, 100% cotton rag papers in several finishes and a number of specialty substrates.
· Most materials free of optical brightening additives and certified by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
· High-End “drum” scanning and color correction by experienced color separators with many years of commercial experience.
What's that word mean, anyway?
Giclée is a French word that describes a spray of ink. In other words, any print from an ink-jet printer is “technically” a giclée. If you’re reading this, though, we suspect you’re looking for more than just output from an ink-jet printer. In today’s art world, the word refers not only to the device and technology used to make a print, but also to the materials used and their permanence, and the skill of the craftsperson making the print. Giclées are usually limited-edition prints of artwork or photographs created collaboratively between artist and printer.
Reno Type uses only materials that have been tested and approved by the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG) for their ability to last over time without fading or discoloring.
· All papers and canvas are free of Optical Brightening Agents (OBAs) which are known to decrease the lifespan of a print.
The standard test of lightfastness and permanence is the BlueWool Test. Materials used by Reno Type have been tested to have achieved at least a “6”, the accepted standard for limited edition prints.
· BlueWool six, the accepted standard for limited edition prints, extrapolates a 100-year permanence· In this test, two identical test prints are created. Half of a calibrated blue wool test strip is masked. The strip and one test print are placed under xenon lamps in accordance with the test standards. The other print is stored in the dark as a control. At various times, the test print is compared to the control print.
· When visible fading is evident the wool test strip is examined. The amount of fading is then measured by comparison to the original color and a rating between zero and eight is awarded. Zero denotes extremely poor color fastness while an eight rating is deemed not to have altered from the original and thus credited as being lightfast and permanent.
Reproducing art is an art in itself. Reno Type is uniquely qualified to be a partner in reproducing your art or photography.
· An original must be scanned or photographed, then proofed on the actual material that will be used for the reproduction.
· Adjustments are made to the tone, color and sharpness and more proofs are made. The process is not complete until artist and printmaker both agree that the reproduction is accurate enough.
· If your original is too large to scan directly, we will work with a skilled commercial photographer to ensure the best possible starting place for your reproduction.
· If you wish to provide a digital file rather than the original art for reproduction, we are happy to print proofs or reproductions on a time and materials basis. In this case, we cannot guarantee the quality of the reproduction.
An important note on color matching
The equipment we use for giclées uses eight colors and therefore can reproduce an amazing gamut of colors. Nevertheless, there are shades of some colors that simply cannot be matched on a print. The most difficult colors to reproduce are extremely vibrant blues and greens. If we believe we cannot match the colors in your original, we’ll let you know of these concerns up front.