Frequently Asked Questions

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  Q: What is a Giclee Image?

A: Giclée Prints and Our Gallery Images - Giclée reproductions were originally developed in 1989 as a digital method of fine art printing. The word Giclée is French for "a spray or jet of liquid." Hence, Giclée images are digital images properly formatted and aligned and then sent to a super high-resolution inkjet printer(2880dpi x 2880dpi).

Unlike some other production methodologies, each image can be printed individually. This advanced method has numerous advantages for artists and collectors. Since each item is individually printed, costs are controlled and savings are passed on to collectors in the form of better pricing and larger selections.

Since there is no wear-and-tear on plates, screens, or ink rollers, every image produced is identical, from the very first to the very last image in each limited edition series.

Additionally, the prints shipped to you as a collector are fresh and clean, not having suffered long storage periods. Limited Edition quantities specified by the artist are limits, and in many cases, the full edition size may never be produced. This increases the value of the investment made on prints purchased by the collector.

  Why do Printed Images Look Different than on the Computer?

The main reason is the difference in the way computers make the colors compared to the way printers do it.

In a computer, different amounts of Red, Blue, and Green light are displayed to create the range of possible colors for the device. Full intensity Reb, Blue, and Green make white while 0 intensity for the three colors make black.

For printing, we are not starting out with black like we are on the computer. Instead, we are starting with white paper (or some color) and every white paper is a slightly different brightness and shade. Printers apply Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black ink to cover the "white" paper and produce the desired colors. Add to that the fact that there is no standard for the actual color inks used for the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow making the conversion process from the RGB of the computer to the CMYK of the printer complicated at best.

In addition, computer monitors display images at a much lower resolution and often have noticeable color differences from the actual printed work. The images you are viewing are created at 72 dpi (dots per inch) versus 600 to 2880 dpi for the actual print.

This difference means that prints show greater contrast, texture, color depth, and saturation than a screen image. In addition, computer monitors are often calibrated differently and can therefore introduce differences in brightness, contrast and color depth.

While we have made every effort to present images that represent the final print, most of our customers find the printed image dramatically superior.

  How can I take photographs that look like yours?                

When someone asks this question, my stock answer is: "I know how to use all the buttons on the camera that you know never to touch!"

Actually, the photographs on this site are the product of more than 40 years of photographic experience. With the advent of digital cameras, more people than ever are taking pictures and improving their skills as they see instant results. What does it take to improve your photography? Time will help but more important would be some training to answer a few key questions, namely:

How do I make better use of my camera?

What camera settings matter for certain types of photos?

How can I use my camera to it's full potential?

What makes a simple photograph into art?

Sign up for some training classes from jwArtWorks and Joel Weisbrod will answer these and many more questions to help you improve your photograph skills.

  What does "Museum Wrapped" mean?

When an image is museum wrapped, it is printed slightly larger than the finished size and the edges of the wood stretchers are covered by the image. This way, no frame is needed as the sides of the wood are covered in the same way as the front making a decorative looking display.

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