Giclèe Fine Art Archival Printing
Giclèe prints are used for all of Michel Rain's artwork unless otherwise specified.
Giclèe, commonly pronounced "jee-clay," is an invented term for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using high-end ink-jet printing methods. We print all of our Giclèes in-house to ensure the finest quality can be achieved. The reason we use Giclèes for our artwork is it produces the most accurate and pleasing reproductions of our original artwork that we have found.
About the papers:
• MOAB by Legion Paper, entrada Rag Bright 300# paper: Luxurious weight, texture, and matte finish for a true museum quality appearance. This award-winning 100% cotton smooth fine art paper helps bring your vision to print through superb ink handling and sharpness. Entrada is an archival acid- and lignin-free paper with an expanded color gamut, natural contrast and high ink load. It is compatible with both dye and pigment inks ensuring that when used with archival inks, your prints will last for generations.
• Epson Exhibition Canvas: An acid free, lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend, this elegantly textured canvas features soft-gloss surface with a bright white point, exceptionally high Dmax and wide colour gamut. The canvas base is enhanced with elastic polymers providing high tensile strength and flexibility for gallery wrap stretching without cracking.
• Epson Premium Gloss: High gloss-level paper for the look and feel of traditional glossy photographic paper. A favorite among nature and landscape photograhers who require extreme sharpness and clarity.
About the equipment:
The 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9900 professional wide-format printers utilize a breakthrough new 8-color ink technology (K3 ink). The Epson 9900 offers uncompromised print quality and rivals printers such as Roland, HP, and Canon.
Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink technology utilizes eight new color pigments, including a new three-level black technology, which significantly increases the potential quality output for professional color and black and white prints. According to Epson, these inks offer the widest color gamut of any ink currently available on the marketplace (an increase of approximately .2 Dmax to the Ultrachrome). The addition of the third black ink now allows the Epson 9900 printer to produce true monochrome (black and white) inkjet prints. The new Epson k3 inks also utilize "High Gloss Mircocrystal Encapsulation Technology" which comes built into the Epson 9900 printer and serves to minimize bronzing on glossy papers.
One can utilize the Epson 9900 to produce archival prints with amazing color integrity, gloss-level, and scratch resistance. furthermore, the Epson 9900 produces professional neutral and toned black and white prints with higher density levels and virtually no metamerism or bronzing. Furthermore, the Epson 9900 delivers an astonishing resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. The Epson 9900 is capable of handling almost any media type, in roll or cut sheet, up to 44-inch wide.
Lightfastness Ratings: Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Color: Up to 108 years². B&W: Over 200 years²
* ²Ink lightfastness rating based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under plexi, glass or lamination or properly store them. Visit wilhelm-research.com for the latest information