Custom Color Digital Giclee Printing
  
Print Your Photographs
  Giclee makes wonderful quality prints from your photographs!
   

Giclee, or ink jet printing, is not just for making reproductions of paintings. This is a superior color and black and white printing technology for photographs as well.

There really is something to printing photographs that simply does not happen at most color labs...

Skilled labor performing custom adjustments of the image prior to or at the time of printing.

I got certified as a Master Color Printer in the 70’s and as technology has improved so have my skills. If you want a print with award winning quality we can supply that from either your files, negatives or transparencies.

We Photoshop our custom prints to retouch minor imperfections, burn and dodge, perform localized contrast adjustments, correct the color and sharpen the image. This type of work takes many years to learn and can not be performed at all on many commercial printing setups.

We charge more then Bigboxco because this is a premium quality service.

Have us print a photo and you will discover the difference it makes when a master color printer with state of the art gear and 30 years experience works on your image.

We offer prints on canvas, smooth fine art matte paper, luster and glossy paper

Click on the calculator at the upper right side of the banner to calculate a price or see our custom color printing price list. 

  
Custom Color Giclee Printing
  Custom Giclee printing on art paper, watercolor paper and canvas.
   

We use the 12 color Canon iPF8100 printer that can produce prints up to 44" wide and over 20 feet long.

The range of tones and density of the black in B&W and the gamut of available colors from the Canon printer is far superior to wet chemical photographic processes.

We make prints for display and can supply ready to hang laminated panels to 4x8' as well as rollable laminated prints for trade show displays.

Below is a 30x40" canvas print of "Mirror Lake Outlet" rolling off of our older Epson 9600 machine. 


30x40 giclee print
 
  
Decorate Your Business
  Laminated Murals are ideal for your public areas
   

4 x 24 foot mural

Decorate your business with a custom mural installation. Showcase your products or project your brands lifestyle with large format display photography.

Our murals are laminated on 3/8's MDB with a beefy cleat mounting rail on the back. These laminated images may be wiped off with a moist cloth if necessary making them ideal for public displays.

  
Trade Show Displays
  Laminated prints are tough and economical!
   
Tradeshow Display
72" Laminated Display
Tradeshow Display
72" Laminated Display
Tradeshow Display
72" Laminated Display
 

Large format giclee prints are laminated two sides with clear laminate to make colorful trade show displays.

Prints can be supported on whip stands or velcro-ed to booth walls. Laminated prints are tough and dirigible. Numerous prints can be shipped rolled in a tube.

The above illustrations are 72" tall fashion photos that we shot on medium format film and digitized at 6500 DPI to produce tack sharp prints. The prints are supported on whip stands.

  
Reproduce Your Art
  Reproduce your paintings, watercolors and sketches with Giclee printing in Fremont
   

Reproduce your paintings and watercolor images with copywork and large format Giclee printing from Cooksey-Talbott Studio in Fremont CA..

We offer high quality copywork on film or digital to allow reproduction of larger works. We always recommend a 4x5 film copy of any original that is to be sold to allow ultra high res reproductions.

With our match print service we create a color accurate copy of your art from a digital original or a scan made from film.

Art files can be output onto a variety of traditional as well as non-traditional media. We standardly stock canvas, Aquarel cast watercolor paper and smooth fine art paper.


Step 1 – Getting Your Work Photographed…

There are several options here and some are better and naturally more expensive then others.

The premium method is via 4x5 film that is scanned to create a file in the gigabyte+ (> 1000 megs) range.

This provides you with a film master that can be rescanned if necessary in the future as technology improves. Film masters are still much more permanent then digital data.

You can make images up 40x90” using this method.

There are shops that do scanning of paintings with a BetterLight 4x5 scanning back system and while the results are quite good the cost is similar to a 4x5 film copy and scan. If I had a choice I would prefer to have the film because of its greater resolution and permanence.

The materials cost for a 4x5 shot is 25.00 a shot. This can be reduced to as little as 5.00 a shot by using 6x7cm film. We shoot 6x7 film with the same camera and premium Schneider Apochromatic lenses that we use for 4x5 film.

6x7cm film will support crisp enlargements to 72” in length and can be enlarged further with minimal degradation.

I recommend that you have a 4x5” or 6x7cm film on any painting that is sold. This will provide you with an excellent master matrix for future reproductions.

The next option is 10mp digital. This is less expensive and quicker but limited in the final size of the piece to 24”.

10mp digital imaging will provide 300 DPI of resolution for an 8x12 piece and with fractal-based resolution enhancement can be enlarged to 16x24 with minimal degradation.

Any original that has extremely fine line detail will reproduce better from a film scan as the resolution is so much greater.

For instance, a 10 mp camera file is 45 megs while a scan of 6x7cm film is nearly 800 megs. This is a BIG difference.

Most paintings and watercolors don’t have extreme amounts of fine line detail so they can be reproduced by 10 mp digital with out any visible loss of detail.

You can change the size of the work within limits. The limits are dependant on the nature of the piece but 80% to 120% of the original size is a reasonable expectation.

Paintings like to be made smaller as it tightens the quality of the line edges. As a painting is made bigger the lines tend to fall apart due to the media texture that rapidly becomes overwhelming on cast paper or canvas pieces.

Step 2 – The Match Print

Once the work has been photographed it is necessary to create the match print. Match prints are made by comparing test prints to the actual painting.

If the painting and a prior match print are available we can match that print but using the original painting is recommended.

Color is never quite a linear function and it is often necessary to create a mask and alter one color to get a perfect match.

The match print is specific to the printer and media on which it is made so it is necessary to repeat this process for each new media type on which the image is printed.

Successive match prints are generally less expensive because the first try is significantly closer then a file that has not been color and density corrected.

If you do not create a match print the Giclee reproduction will not match the colors of your original print.

It is very possible to take a uncorrected file and make pleasing color but it is necessary to make a match print if you want the Giclee to closely resemble the originals colors.

Step 3 – Output

Giclee prints are made on printers that use rolls or sheets of material. There is a wide variety of material available for fine artists making Giclee reproductions.

Wilhelm Institute or other test labs have archivally rated most of the materials for fine art.

For the printing shop to work with a specific material they need a profile to control the color of the output.

Most print shops have a number of standard materials for which they have good profiles. We offer Smooth Fine Art, Aquarel Watercolor, Somerset Velvet, Cotton Artists Canvas and others.

If you want to print on special materials you should expect to possibly have to gently adjust your originals to match the prior material.

Prints on paper are finished after output. We recommend letting the prints outgas for 24-36 hours prior to framing.

Prints on canvas need to be sprayed with a clear acrylic varnish made for Giclee prints. We use Breathing Color Glamour II Mat Giclee Varnish.

The spray helps to protect the canvas emulsion from UV light, abrasion and micro cracking in the stretching process. I apply 3 coats with an hour drying time in between sprayings.


 
Contents
 
Print Your Photographs

Custom Color Giclee Printing

Decorate Your Business

Trade Show Displays

Reproduce Your Art

 
Links
 
LexJet
  A major supplier of inkjet media and supplies.
   
Breathing Color
  A supplier of fine quality Giclee media and coatings. We use their Glamour II Giclee varnish on all of our canvas prints.
   
 
 
 
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Cooksey-Talbott Studio has been doing commercial photography in the San Francisco Bay area since 1978. We are centrally located in Fremont, CA. We do tabletop, product, portrait, architectural, food and advertising photographs. We have extensive artificial lighting and grip gear and a variety of top of the line digital and film cameras in large, medium and small formats.

High quality color printing, We are digital imaging specialists and produce high quality large color giclee prints in house up the 40x60. These color and black and white prints are ideal for everything from artists reproducing their paintings and watercolors to trade show displays and exhibits. Prints can be laminated for trade show and display usage and panel mounted for permanent displays.

We design and program inexpensive e-commerce web sites as well as producing the necessary product and lifestyle photos. Cooksey-Talbott Studio has been a PayPal developer for over 5 years and has developed a number of database driven online applications for small and large businesses.

Corporate art consulting services are available to provide custom art work for your offices, medical suites, lobbies, hallways and boardrooms as well as supplying the Cooksey-Talbott Collection of limited edition fine art nature photography. We offer corporate art services from consultation through the installation of the finished artworks.

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