Beautiful Fine Art Giclee Reproduction Prints: How Modern Scanners Have Changed The Art World

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The impact of today's evolution in technology has redefined the way we view art especially in the market of Giclee's (reproductions/prints of original art pieces). From simplifying our ability to search for materials to generate art to how we record art, the power of technology helps make how art is presented to the marketplace easier, more affordable, and most importantly, more available to an average person who wishes to decorate their home with enjoyable art. This article will focus its energies around the amazing advancements within our ability to record digital images with scanners and the resulting impact on how these improvements have helped develop a mushrooming market for all artists who want to share or sell their creations.

A spectacular fine art Giclée (art reproduction/print) will start from a good digital copy. To generate that ideal digital image, either a digital camera or scanner copies an original work of art. If ones artwork is computer generated, there is no reason to scan or photograph the art. The fact that most art is painted, drawn, or etched, makes the use of a scanner or digital camera essential.

Scanning is the most desired digital way of recording original artwork for a variety of reasons. To understand why, let's take a quick look at the evolution of scanners. The first image scanner was created in 1957 under the leadership of Russell Kirsch. Fascinatingly, the very first image ever scanned was of Kirsch's 3-month-old son Walden. Progressing from the first drum scanners that used Photomultiplier Tubes to present day flatbed and handheld scanners that use CCD (Charged Coupled Device) or CIS (Contact Image Sensor), images today are recorded in a pixel (dot) file format. With each pixel containing the three primary colors red, blue, and yellow, the digital recording of color is as real as the colors of nature. The real file size (number of pixels) in the image scanned determines the picture quality. Correspondingly, because of the ongoing development in functionality of digital sensors, file sizes continue to increase resulting in the ability to capture 3D images.

The advantages of using a scanner are many. Firstly, there will not be difficulties with glare, highlights, or shadows brought on by technical elements of the artwork like brushstroke. The scanning sensors work with a light which is always pointing directly on the item of artwork being recorded, eliminating these complaints. Secondly, the distortion of colors and edges are removed because the digital sensors which record every aspect of each piece of art use an operating program which functions using close, consistent, and repetitive movements. Finally, the capability to recreate these images to almost any size is now possible because of the continued improvements in file size (number of pixels).

The marvels of today's fine art scanners to copy artwork have opened the doors to art appreciation by every person across the globe. Today's artists can now effectively exhibit images their artwork over the internet - a genuine global fine art gallery. The true beneficiaries of these stunning technological breakthroughs in art reproduction are those who yearn to see and experience the artistic creations of those who are bold enough to express them.


Author Janet Karabin, an art lover and member of a family of extraordinary contemporary American artists, investigates how new art scanners make ownership of affordable quality fine art giclee reproduction prints possible for the everyday consumers. The dream of owning a beautiful seascape painting from a master or modern artist is now a reality.

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