Giclée Printmaking FAQ
- Light Gray
- Photo Black
- Matte Black
- Light Magenta
- Light Cyan
- Chromatic Red
A twelfth cartridge contains Gloss Enhancer, used for increased gloss uniformity and to minimize bronzing when printing on glossy photo papers. Note that up to five cartridges are used when reproducing black and white photography (four blacks plus Gloss Enhancer), allowing Creekside Digital to provide prints with superb dynamic range: truly neutral grays and rich, deep blacks.
Creekside Digital doesn’t use “OEM,” “reconditioned,” or other used / refilled ink cartridges. We only use genuine, factory-fresh HP ink, as that’s the only way we can guarantee the consistent quality of the prints we deliver to our customers.
Depending on the substrate used, HP Vivera pigment inks can resist fading for over 200 years.
On a recent trip to New Orleans’ French Quarter, we were dismayed to see so many unsealed giclées for sale in gallery windows with horrible cracked edges and corners, and the white substrate glaring through. Perhaps the drunk tourists didn’t notice, but we did!
We require that all canvas prints we deliver are sealed with a transparent, UV-resistant laminate in order to allow them to be stretched without cracking. The ink layer on giclée prints is quite thin and fragile, and when it cracks or rubs off, the bright white canvas underneath is exposed. The corners and edges are especially vulnerable. Smaller jobs are typically rolled on (as in the picture above); we will apply the laminate with a spray gun for large pieces and runs of multiple prints.
Sealer is available in gloss, satin, and matte finishes. We use sealers from Breathing Color and ClearStar.