Superior Pigment Printing

At Artisan Craftsman Books we use advanced pigment printing for all our fine art books.

All of our books created from museum quality matte paper.  We print in-house on Hahnemühle and Lexjet media, and accept many other types of client-supplied papers.  Some papers work better for binding than others, so it is a good idea to send us some test sheets if it is a paper we are unfamiliar with. Our clients print on Canon, Epson and HP wide format inkjet printers.

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.

Giclee Printing from Artisan Craftsman Books

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