Giclée Reproduction

A high quality reproduction starts with a super high quality digitization of your original. Five different methods of inputting your artwork into a computer for the purpose of giclée reproduction are discussed below:

Direct digital capture of originals using 4x5 professional camera, high resolution Apo lens, indirect lighting and high resolution scanning camera back such as the Phase One PowerPhase. The accuracy of electronic focusing, uniform lighting software, fidelity of the electronic eye, precision of computerized exposure control and the balancing of the colors using sophisticated ICC profiling are the reasons why this method is the best. Please do not confuse this set up with low cost ordinary digital cameras (just the cost of the lens alone on this setup exceeds the cost of the consumer digital cameras by several times).

Drum scanning (or high quality flat bed scanning) of transparency of the original produced using professional photography of the original on 4x5 or 8x10 transparency captured by micro focused large format camera, high resolution Apo lens and indirect lighting. The quality of transparencies varies greatly due to the photographer's experience, specialty, lighting and camera equipment as well as the grade and quality of film and its processing.

Direct scanning of originals on flat bed or drum scanners. This method is not recommended for textured or reflective surfaces due to the direct lighting of the scanning mechanism. Direct lighting creates shadows and reflection on the surface of the originals as they are scanned. These anomalies add unnatural effects to the scanned image and create reflections that causes loss of detail and color in all or parts of the scanned image.

Flat bed scanning of 35mm camera output such as prints or slides. The quality of these captures varies greatly due to the camera, lens, lighting, focusing, film speed, developing and the photographer's experience. This method can produce medium quality portraits and photo-art reproduction where detail and accuracy of colors are not as significant. We do not recommend enlargements of 35mm photos or prints beyond 24"x30" due to the film grain magnification. For choice of film, we recommend the use of 100 ASA film speed or less, as high-speed films produce noticeable grain.

Direct digital capture using consumer grade digital cameras. The quality of these captures varies greatly due to camera manufacturer, resolution and lighting method. These types of cameras do not produce large enough files for enlargements. As a general rule file sizes between 50 to 150 megabytes are needed for giclée reproduction. Ordinary digital cameras produce file sizes between 1 to 10 megabytes. A 10 megabyte digital file can be printed to 16"x20" size in medium photograph quality, but not fine art quality.




Art Courtesy of Starcen Ellis

Best Method of Capture
We prefer direct digital capture using a 4x5 medium format professional camera with a high resolution Apo lens, indirect lighting and a high resolution scanning camera back to capture and digitize your original art work under perfect colorimetric and lighting conditions. This method captures, and assures, the highest level of details and sharpness with well defined highlights and shadows.


  Requirements for Giclée Reproduction services:
  1. We can use your original, if you want us to use the BEST method as described above ($125.00 capture fee up to 6'x 8').
  2. We can scan your professionally captured 4x5 or 8x10 transparencies with embedded color and gray scale ($45.00 fee)
  3. We can scan photograph prints or slides of anything ($45.00 fee).
  4. We can use digital files of your artwork in TIFF (*.tif) format that are 50 to 150 megabytes original size (not resampled). We also need a color proof in order to match the colors, as colors may appear differently on your monitor.
These rates are for the scanning and capture processes only. For pricing on output and other services, please go to the Service Studio page.
  Choices of Media
  • Artist Canvas
  • Water Color Paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Photo Matte Paper
  • Photo Gloss Paper
  • See Through Vinyl
  • Adhesive Back Vinyl
  • Fabrics & More . . .