About Giclée Prints

The French word “giclée” (pronounce: zhee-klay) is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”.

“Giclée print” entails an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas and photobase paper. We use UV-enhanced pigment based inks to ensure the long life of your print; colors will remain vibrant and fade-resistant for 85 years or more.

Giclée prints are created typically using professional 8 to 12 Color ink-jet printers. In our case, we use an Image Prograf 12-color separation commercial ink-jet printer. The giclée printing process rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction; the process results in a higher resolution than lithography (Lithographs) and a wider colour range than a screen print (Serigraph).

Smooth transition of color gives a high-realism and lifelike quality to our images. Customers have told us that when viewing Robin’s work, they feel as if they are actually looking at the physical scene in real life, as opposed to just looking at a photograph.

Another tremendous advantage of giclée printing is that archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Also, our digital images can be reproduced large scale or at smaller sizes, giving us the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Giclée prints are recognized and respected in the world of fine art, and are found in photography galleries, art galleries, and museums.

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Limited Editions

A Limited Edition from RJK Images involves a limited giclée print run* (500) of any single image, regardless of size or medium (paper or canvas).

Each printed image will be personally signed and numbered by the photographer and will be accompanied by an embossed Certificate of Authenticity.

We print to order and with each 100 prints sold, the retail price of the image will increase due to the limited stock available. As an edition fully sells out, the value of the print increases with value.

Exclusive buy-out of any image on the web-site will be considered; please contact RJK Images if you are interested in becoming the worldwide owner of one single print. When a new image is released, you have the opportunity of purchasing a numbered edition of 1/1.

Once a maximum print run has been sold, the digital file will be archived and sealed in a vault, not to be used again as a giclée print.

*Please note that this Limited Edition pertains to giclée prints. Items such as note-cards and calendars may have the same image as seen in a limited edition, but please bear in mind that an entirely different printing process is used. Only giclée prints are part of the Limited Edition.

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Archival Prints

Choosing an image to be printed is an exciting process and whether you go with paper or canvas, either selection yields an impressive pictorial depth. We have carefully selected the best way to show our printed images and are pleased with the very best quality that we can offer you.

All of our fine art photographs are printed on archival quality Hahneműhle Bright Smooth Cotton Rag (matte finish paper), or on archival quality fine textured Epson Exhibition Bright White Canvas (matte finish). Printed images yield unchanging quality due to the high-end paper and ink used.

Black & White images are printed on archival quality Hahneműhle Pearl Cotton Rag (semi-opaque finish paper), or on the same textured Epson Exhibition Bright White Canvas used for all color prints.

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Museum Grade Framing

At RJK Images it is our intention for the image to become the primary focus of the viewer’s gaze, and that the mat and framing are there to complement and ‘hold’ the image. Neither the image nor the framing should overwhelm the other. We work carefully to achieve the necessary integral balance between all components involved, hence every framed image is custom made to order.

For archival paper prints we use Alphamat™ and Artcare™ (100% acid-free) mat boards. We double-mat our prints with emphasis on highlighting specific image hues in order to bring out the fullness and richness of the image created. Sometimes we use a gold or silver fillet in place of an inner mat. The frame selected completes and contains the image. For images that are 16 inches and smaller, we use a 1-inch slightly-brushed aluminum frame. For larger images, a 1-1/2 inch textured aluminum frame is used. The colors of the frame and mat are chosen based on the overall color tone of the print.

For canvas images we stretch the print over solid wood frames using staples as fasteners, not glue. The canvas prints are protected with a coat of varnish, which is applied by hand using a cross-hatched brush stroke. This added personal touch not only gives the canvas an extra layer of protection, it brings to the image a similar look and feel to that of a finished painting. Machine-applied varnish does not give a realistic touch and we are happy to go the extra mile to make each canvas unique.

For 12 inch canvas prints, a black 3/8-inch thick floating frame with gold or silver leaf is used. For larger canvases, a 1 inch gold-tone or silver-tone floater frame is used.

We take all the professional steps necessary to ensure your giclee print will bring you enjoyment for decades to come.

Whether you take care of the framing or would like us to handle the process, paper prints will need to have a mat, frame and either glass or plexi. Canvas prints are best viewed in a finished floater-style frame (without a mat and glass).

If you have a specific mat and frame in mind for this image, other than what we have recommended, please contact us directly and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Worldwide Shipping

We offer UPS ground shipping in the US and also UPS international, as well.

Our prints are individually printed to order and each one is a registered, signed and numbered masterpiece. Every Limited Edition Print has to be inspected and so some delays can occur when working around our busy travel schedule.

Framed prints are delivered approximately 4-6 weeks from the date payment is received. Unframed prints are delivered in approximately 2-3 weeks.

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Every framed print is professionally packaged to prevent damage during transit. In the unlikely event that damage should occur during transit, we aim to resolve any problem quickly and to your complete satisfaction.

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Payment Methods

All online payments are processed via Authorize.net. Authorize.net offers an industry standard secure online payment system. You can use any credit or debit card to pay.

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Color Matching

Viewing an image on a monitor is different from viewing a printed image in front of you. An image on a monitor is backlit while a printed image is front lit. As a result, there are subtle variations in color palettes and exposure ranges. Added to that, the wide variations in monitor settings and computer screens (desktops, tablets and smart phones).

We at RJK Images spend a great deal of time color matching an image seen on a monitor to a printed version of the same image. In point of fact, we produce a number of artist proofs in order to zero in on a final setting that we feel is as close to the image produced from our calibrated monitors.

At times, we actually release some of our artist proofs. The variations in color and exposures are slightly different compared to the final versions released for the limited edition sets. And since very few artist proofs are ever released, their value can exceed the value of a limited edition print. If you are interested in an artist proof, please contact us and we can discuss options.

Please note, however, the images on this website should only be used as a guide. We at RJK Images know that you will be more than satisfied with the printed image. In some cases, depending on the monitor settings you viewed the image on, the actual printed image may even be more saturated in color and texture.

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Living with your Print

The life of a print depends in part on what type of material the image is printed onto and the type of inks used. It also depends on how long the print is exposed to light each day, how bright that light is, and other factors such as humidity and temperature. We have gone to great lengths to ensure you are receiving an archival quality print, now the rest is up to you!

Here are some recommendations, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about where or how to display your work.

  1. You can situate your print in a bright room yet out of the path of direct sunlight
  2. Small, damp, unventilated rooms should be avoided (small shower/bathroom)
  3. Clean areas work best (avoid cooking areas with steaming pots/cooking oil or rooms with hairspray/aerosol paints etc.)

With the correct care your RJK Images Limited Edition Print has the potential to last a lifetime.

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