Giclée prints are created using archival pigment inks, which can use more than eight colours of ink to produce your print and capture any flaws on screen with microscopic dots that will stand out for all time like a proud warrior!
That is why the quality of your digital image file needs to be of a high standard.
Giclée printing is completely different to commercial printing, which uses the standard four colour ink system. Which is why the technical specifications for a Print Ready file for giclée printing are very specific: –
- The digital file should have a minimum resolution of 300dpi. It should also be cropped to the actual finished print size you require.
- We recommend using an embedded Adobe RGB colour space and that you save your digital image file as a Tiff file. JPEGs are also acceptable, but please note these are compressed files.
Using a compressed image file will reduce the gamut information available when it comes to printing, which will reduce the quality of the achievable print.
Aspect Ratios and Cropping
The aspect ratio of your print-ready file needs to match the size you want for a giclée. If choosing an image that is different from these dimensions, then cropping out sections may be necessary in order to produce the desired outcome.
There are many different aspect ratios for scaling your giclée prints. To avoid cropping the digital image, it’s worth understanding how each ratio works to suit your original artwork or photo size.
Is your Digital file not Print Ready – we can advise and help
Here at Kili Arts we can edit your file, however there are limitations which are dependent on the quality of the file you provide. We would of course need to see your file to advise and propose what is achievable. Here are a few editing services available:
- Cropping and sizing image
- Balancing whites, removing colour casts
- Enlarging image and noise reduction
- Removing and editing flaws within the image
As much as we wish we were, we are not magicians, if the image is out of focus, no amount of editing will make it a clear sharp image.
Border or no Border
Some artists and photographers choose to include a border within their digital file. This can be achieved by using editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. However, you don’t have to always do this. When you place your fine art print order with us, you can let us know if you want a border and what size.
If you decide to include a border within your print-ready file, the one thing you must keep in mind, is that if for example you ordered an A4 giclée print, then your actual print image area would be smaller than A4, as your print-ready file has been sized with borders included. You can always edit the file, so it is sized to print your work at A4 plus the border size.
Following the same example size, if you choose not to include borders in your print-ready file and then place an order for an A4 giclée print with 2cm borders. Then the giclée print image area will be A4 in size plus a 2cm border.
Please always specify how you want the border, in addition to the print size or included.