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Technical Information
Client submitted scans. Please, read.
1. Some clients send a slide or negative that has been photographed non-professionally. This doesn't necessarily mean there will be problems, but we believe you should be informed as to what could limit the size of the final print. If there was camera jiggle, the use of a grainy high-speed film, scratches, spots, poor exposure or any number of vagaries, together, we would have to make a decision as to whether or not to use this film or create a new resource.

2. A client may send a digital file either self-created or or by a service bureau. Invariably, these images do not include enough digital information to be able to print much larger than 11"x14." Also, most film processor scanners "clip" the highlights and shadows, losing information on both ends. If you use a service that returns your film with a CD, you should know that the file size is fairly small (15mb or so) and may not allow us to print as large as you would like. Our 35mm scans are usually recording about 80 to 450mb files, so this gives you some idea of relative size. This is meant not to alarm you, but to inform you. We want you to succeed with your project.

3. Scans performed by another giclee service may or may not meet our standards. We've encountered many scans that, at best, are marginal if not useless, whereas some are superb. Just owning the equipment, doesn't always mean the folks know how to use it, we say with a smile. We'll assess the resource, and if there's a problem we'll show you and let you make a decision. However, if we deem the resource incapable of rendering a decent giclee, and you still want a print, we'll return your resource at no charge.
Scanning Equipment employed by Giclee By The Bay:
The most important pieces of equipment in our studios are the "Better Light" system for recording original art and the Creo iQsmart3 for digitizing film and smaller reflective art. Nothing we can find compares to the quality and versatility of these systems. They're absolutely uncompromising and the results are astonishing!

The Equipment:
Better Light Super6K-2 digital camera system
  • Cambo Legend 4x5 view camera with micro-adjustments
  • Schneider 180mm Apo-Symmar lens
  • Zig-Align ZP-2 & ZV-1 alignment systems
  • 4 Buhl SC150-4K SoftCube 4200K lamps
  • 2 North Light 900watt HID 4200K lamps
  • Cross polarization system that virtually eliminates glare
  • 12'x8' scanning area that includes a 4'x6' magnetic board
  • No need to take canvas off stretcher bars
  • Murals can be hung in place
  • Paper artwork is held along the edges by magnetic tape that can hold artwork within 1/8th of an inch along its border
Creo iQsmart3 with oXYgen scanning
The world leader in film scanning is Creo. We use the acclaimed Creo iQsmart3 to scan our large format tranparencies such as 4x5s, 8x10s and 11x14s. With a never before achieved dynamic range, this scanner "sees" everything. Its imaging resolution and oXYgen software achieves astounding results. If you can't send your original but have transparencies, the Creo iQsmart3 is one of two worldwide scanners available that can deliver the highest possible quality. By using oil mounting, we can scan to exceptionally high levels. Even a 35mm slide can render more than 200mb of information!

What makes this scanner unique is its scanning dynamics that runs and XY path, thus eliminating any hot spots. Its as pure scanner as a scanner can be and easily surpasses the output of drum scanners from the past few decades.
Scaling a file to suit the dpi.
First of all, you should know that if your scan doesn't contain enough data in its raw form to satisfy the dpi requirements, you can't manufacture more.

To determine your file size, use the following example as your guide. We'll determine the file size needed to print a 16"x20" giclee at 300dpi (dots per inch).

16"x300dpi = 4800
20"x300dpi = 6000
4800x6000 = 28,800,000
28,800.000 x 3 = 86,400,000
86,400,000 / 1,048,576 (1MB) = 82.4MB

300 to 360 dpi is our standard sizing and will produce a superb giclee providing the photo resource is sharp. 230 dpi is pushing it to the downside, but is marginally acceptable. 360 and above is excellent.
Topcoat sealant for canvas giclees.
We offer two methods: The first is a laminate that's extraordinarily thin, yet protects the artwork by using an inert coating that provides reasonable scratch resistance. The AccuShield process currently is available only in matte and gloss finishes and costs no more than picture varnish. Its UV filtering protection is excellent. (This is only available for runs of ten or more giclees and more appropriate for commercial work)

The second method (more often used for fine art giclees) uses an acrylic varnish with UV Absorber, and is available in a semi-gloss finish. The laminator we use is a StarLam, manufactured by ClearStar Corp.

Our Printers:
Canon ipf9000:
Our premiere printer is a Canon ipf9000, which is a 60" super-wide printer, using 12 inks including Red, Green and Blue. This extraordinary printer can print color that heretofore was impossible one standard six to nine ink machines. Cadmium colors of red, yellow and orange snap from the paper or canvas, and Ultramarine and Cobalt Blues along with Deep greens and aquas are as convincing as an original. What also makes this a marvel is the virtually perfect gradation that supports the color palette.
Mimaki JV-4-160:
Our workhorse 60" printer is a Mimaki JV-4 160 using 2 sets of six inks for speed and economy. This extraordinary printer uses Epson print head technology described below in the Epson features.


  • 63" wide-format printer
  • 12 ink capacity using Ultrachrome pigmented inks
  • Incredibly fast printing at high resolution
  • Uses Epson print heads for same results described below
Epson 10600:
For printing most wide-format, Giclee By The Bay uses five Epson 10600s with 6-color UltraChrome pigmented inks. These fine art workhorses are extremely reliable and can accurately reproduce precisely the same giclee of an edition year after year.

Epson created the MicroPeizo DX3 print head for the 10600 that sports 96 nozzles in each of its heads. They're capable of producing an astonishing high resolution prints at 1440dpi and above.

Designed specifically to handle six color printing, Epson's most advanced print head ensures a level of precision and quality that must be seen to be believed. It's difficult to distinguish an original piece of art from the giclee!


  • 44" wide-format printer
  • Maximum resolution: 2880 x 1440 dpi
  • 6 Color Epson UltraChrome Inks
  • Exceptionally wide color gamut
  • Produces long lasting giclees
  • Preliminary lightfastness ratings 100 years
  • Dramatically improves midtone and highlights for smoother, more precise transitions
  • UltraChrome Inks reduce the metamerism effect of pigmented ink chemistry
  • Proprietary DX3 ASIC technology controls the printing process. This results in consistent image quality as well as consistent color output from print to print
  • Most advanced print head ever produced by Epson
  • 4 picoliter droplet size! You'll need a 100 power microscope to see the dots.
Epson 9800:
The latest in technology comes from Epson again with their K-3 inks delivered in updated printers. While they may not be as robust as the 10600s, their ink features have a home in our stable of printers.


  • New K-3 encapsulated pigmented inks
  • Essentially all the features found on the 10600 except for an eight ink supply that sports 3 blacks (matte black, light black and light, light black). Coupled with ImagePrint's RIP software, we can produce B&W fine art prints with extraordinary gradation. (We have a strong B&W foundation stemming from Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Superior scuff resistance makes the K-3 inks a must for B&Ws.
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