New Database of Subtrates Used for Giclée Printmaking

In an effort to assist our customers in evaluating the enormous number of fine art papers, photo papers, and canvas used to make giclée prints, we’ve photographed over 70 substrates and built a massive database of these products. You can filter the database by type of substrate, manufacturer, blend, and texture, and then rapidly sort the resulting list by simply clicking the top of any column. A few points of interest:

  • There is a tremendous variation in the weights and thicknesses of available substrates. The lightest paper we carry is Moab’s Japanese Washi Unryu translucent mulberry paper at 55 g/sm, while Hahnemühle’s Photo Rag 500 weighs in at, well, 500 g/sm — pretty much a heavy-duty cotton rag cardstock.
  • The presence of (or lack thereof) of Optical Brightening Agents, or OBAs, is readily visible in each substrate’s swatch. “Natural” papers appear gray in the screen; those with OBAs appear to take on a purplish hue. The more purple the appearance of the swatch, the brighter-white the substrate and the higher the OBA content.

We’ll be continuing to add to and maintain this database, and enhance its capabilities to allow for even more powerful filtering and sorting. In the meantime, your feedback is appreciated.

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

Latest on Facebook

Come visit our full service custom frame shop in beautiful Glen Arm! ... See MoreSee Less

Spring has sprung here in Glen Arm ! Come out to see our shop, browse our Gallery, or have a one on one consultation about something you would like to preserve. We would love to see you !

View on Facebook

Quick snap of our Senior Technician Thomas at a customer site with our BC100 Book Capture System, set up and ready to shoot. This rig is currently shooting at a 4-Star level of performance on *both* cameras -- the highest level of technical image quality achievable under the current #FADGI Still Image Working Group guidelines for the #digitization of cultural heritage materials. Special thanks to our partner Digital Transitions (and Joseph!) for the awesome support. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Get Started