Fine Art Printing Technology – Giclee to Archival Inkjet Printing

Recent advances in fine art and professional photo printing technology have turned the art world on its head, transforming how artists make and sell reproductions of their work. Think about it.

Before the days of digital printing, options were limited and expensive. Printing art required either a costly production run with a volume printer, or a relationship with a publisher who typically acted as a tastemaker and gatekeeper to the public.

printing wall at american frame

Today this is no longer true.  The individual artist and professional photographer are firmly in control with what we call ‘giclee’ or archival inkjet printing. Prints can be made on demand in any quantity, on a wide variety of papers or substrates, quickly and professionally, and then sold directly through art sites and online galleries. This has fueled an explosion of art images available to the everyday collector, and that is good for everyone.

fine art print on paper

So join us as we delve into the world of printing. Tap into our in-house expertise as we discuss the evolution and vocabulary of giclee and give lessons on image preparation, monitor calibration, paper selection and proofing. A few simple accommodations on the front end will give you the best possible output. Are you ready? There is a lot to learn.  Let’s connect on the blogs.

Want to learn more? See our other printing articles:

Want to learn more? See our other printing articles:

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Choosing the Right Paper for Your Project- Part 2
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How Do I Order a Print Only at
What Is the Largest File Size I Can Send You for Art Printing
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How to Set Up Print to Canvas Gallery Wraps with Mirrored or Colored Borders
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The Vocabulary of Giclee- Digital Printing Technology

AubreyK | 5/1/2014 11:02:30 AM | 12 comments
American Frame

Thanks for the kind words! We're so glad you loved your archival inkjet print. Without these technologies it would be difficult to get artwork out to a large variety of people.
6/26/2014 9:41:59 AM

Elizabeth Donkus
I ordered an archival inkjet print of a recent painting I did from you and I couldn't believe the quality. It looked just like the painting. The paper I selected was extremely high quality - it was amazing. This technology has made it affordable for the artist to have quality prints AND for people who want to purchase my art, but may not be able to afford the original to get a high quality print.
Amazing! Thanks!
6/25/2014 3:30:20 PM

American Frame
Thanks Valerie!
6/20/2014 11:47:26 AM

American Frame
saving dollars is the key here!
6/20/2014 11:46:52 AM

American Frame

Glad you hear you were pleased! Thanks for the comment.
6/20/2014 11:45:53 AM

I have ordered several prints from AF and they all turned out great!
6/19/2014 4:49:03 PM

American Frame's website makes it so easy to order too!
6/19/2014 4:21:55 PM

American Frame

Yes! That sounds like a wonderful surprise for your wife. You just upload your image to our website and choose your paper type and size, etc.
6/19/2014 4:11:59 PM

Cheryl Sharp
This technology has created an abundance of art work in the market which is great for art collectors and well as art enthusiasts.
6/19/2014 4:06:54 PM

Can I use your inkjet printing services to make prints of my travel photos? I have a killer photo taken on our vacation in Maui that I would love to surprise my wife with.
6/19/2014 4:00:01 PM

Artist's love this. They can get prints on demand and not have to invest in large printings which ties up important dollars.
6/19/2014 3:49:24 PM

It is great that this technology now exists (and has existed for years). Because of this, artists are now able to produce a larger amount of artwork inexpensively! Such a game changer in the art world.
6/19/2014 3:46:26 PM

About this blog

Laura Jajko

Join in and let’s bond over our love of art and framing. Here, I’ll be sharing design inspiration and decisions, twitter chat summaries, and happenings with the company, among other things. With more than 40 years of practical experience, I bring a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that I hope will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community.

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