- Information about Archival-Prints -
"Archival-Prints" are Museum-quality Fine-Art reproductions. Sometimes called "Giclee Prints", these artworks are made with an ultra-high-resolution fine-art printer, using the very finest archival inks and papers. Independant testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. (a world-leader in image-longevity testing) has established that these "Archival-Prints" will last more than 200 years before any noticable shift in color integrity occurs. They are truly "Museum-quality Fine-Art reproductions".
Archival-Prints are made with 2 different kinds of paper. The satin finish of the "Semi-Gloss" paper is the ideal surface for reproducing oil paintings. There is enough coating to provide the richest and most accurate colors, but not so much coating that reflective gloss makes the image difficult to see. Drawings and watercolor images are reproduced on "Archival-Matte" paper, an uncoated stock which gives the reproduction the look and feel of the original. The "251 gsm" weight of the paper (corresponding approximately to 100 Lb. cover paper) is also ideal. These art prints have not only the look, but also the heavyweight "feel" of fine-art prints: they are both sturdy and tear-resistant.
The dot-pattern of these prints is invisible to the naked eye; they are literally indistinguishable from continuous-tone photographs - very good photographs. Under extreme magnification (15X) the print quality can be seen to be the equivalent of the very finest printing. And the artist responsible for achieving perfect tonal balance and color fidelity in these fine-art reproductions is the same artist who created these delicate qualities in the first place. These are among the most accurate, most archival prints available anywhere. Archival-Prints are beautiful reproductions, that will look as rich and vibrant to your great-great grandchildren as they will to you. I am delighted to offer them to the public at this time!
Please remember that ALL artwork, prints and originals, MUST be kept away from direct sunlight; sunlight will quickly bleach even the very finest oil paintings - which is why they use dim lights in museums.
Of course even the best digital-imaging device is only as good as the scan that goes into it. All my work has been photographed by a professional copy-photographer, who provides me with a large-format 4" x 5" or 8" x 10" color transparency of the artwork. Then the tranparency is sent to a professional color lab for high-resolution "Drum-Scanning"; each file is an 300 dpi TIFF (either 12" x 18" - 65 Meg, or 8.5" x 11" - 25Meg). That's about 1000 times the resolution of the small image files on my web-site! And in addition, a TIFF picture file is not compressed, so there is no degradation of the picture integrity - like what happens with the compressed picture-formats found on the Internet (JPEG and GIF).
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