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Will my giclee look exactly like the original? - A reality check....
Will the giclee look exactly like the original (subtleties of tone, etc.)?
That's precisely what we strive for and are known for. Our scanning equipment for original artwork is the best there is, which means the information is far more accurate than scanning transparencies, or from nearly all other high-end scanners. We are known for our accuracy in identifying and executing subtleties that most giclee printers overlook or just can't get due to inaccuracies in the scan.

However, to say it will look exactly like the original is absolutely impossible to say. To even the discerning eye, it will look alike, but to those whose preoccupation is finding differences (like us, for instance), one can find trifling differences.
The three main causes of color divergence have nothing to do with the color master or color balancing.
The first is due to the limitations of working with just three colors (cyan, magenta and yellow) and black. There are light magenta and cyan as well, and they help, but there are still just three colors! In effect, that limits the gamut (range) of printable colors. If you paint with a few colors that you purchased because no combination of colors could be mixed to produce them, that might be a clue that they may not be precisely reproduced by a printing process. In other words, the are "out of gamut." Despite that, we work hard to get much closer to those colors, and are constantly applauded for finding a digital method of hauling them back toward gamut.

The second limitation is due to "metamerism," which is, simply stated, the affect of different light sources producing a slightly different appearance to some colors when switching between daylight, incandescent and other sources of lighting. There's nothing in the world that can be done to eliminate this minor shift, other than selecting materials that reduce the effect, which of course, we do. Metamerism occurs with all printed materials.

The last is a geeky thing, but I'll keep it simple. To photograph or digitize and image, information needs to be optically "imprinted" on film or a scanning system. The information "seen" by the camera, whether film or digital, is different from what humans see. Consequently, some colors are enhanced while others are subdued. For instance, red sensitivity for our eyes is waning when the camera's sensitivity is just getting on a roll. Obviously this leads to imbalances. Calibrated software can reduce the effect, but none can eliminate the problem. To further combat this problem, we use special lens filters and cross polarization on state-of-the-art HID lamps to further reduce the imbalance. The good news is that we know what to look for, and repeatedly haul these colors back in color balance as closely as possible. It's interesting and a little frustrating that not even the best equipment and finest color master can perfectly balance all that the human eye sees as opposed to what the camera or scanner "sees."

So, the answer to the first question "Will the gicl馥 look exactly like the original?, is, no. We can't reproduce the work exactly, but we can reproduce it exceptionally well.

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