When it comes to wedding and portrait photography albums, printing matters!
Most modern photography album pages are either photographic paper or digital press (toner) printed. At Artisan Craftsman Books we use a third method which is more costly to produce but yields a vastly superior image with color, depth and archival properties photographers seek: advanced pigment printing.
All of our books created on museum quality matte paper. We print in-house exclusively on Hahnemühle and Lexjet premium fine art papers.
The name giclee (pronounced “shee-clay”) originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s. Today it is the medium preferred by artists and galleries to denote the highest quality printing, and giclee prints are commonly found in most museums and galleries.
Our concept, invented over a decade ago, was to incorporate the quality of giclee into a fine art book. The advantages of giclee printing over press-printed books and photographic (lab) books are:
- Better color reproduction, saturation and sharpness.
- Files can be printed in any colorspace, not just sRGB.
- Smoother gradient transitions.
- The most archival printing method available for books.
- The most environmentally friendly method of producing pages for books.
- Matte paper for a more fine art look and feel.
- The ability to create lay flat pages with no gutter.
There are rumors that circulate periodically that photographs make better album pages. Our experience over 18 years is quite the opposite: a quality giclee print is preferable in so many ways over photographs it’s difficult to even make a comparison. There is a reason museums all over the world and major artists use giclee printing for their important display work: it is a superior product. Because of our experienced printing and workmanship, every book we produce has a lifetime guarantee.