How difficult is it to get good giclee prints of your work? Especially in the flesh tones?
I'm very frustrated with the difficulty of getting good images of my paintings and also of paintings in general. It seems that between the camera, the monitors and the various types of print technology, it is impossible to get an image in any medium that matches the original painting!
I just finished a portrait that I will be delivering this week and have made the best photos I could of it using my Canon DSLR camera. I'm very pleased with the portrait, however, and wanted the very best giclee print of it I could get so I took it to a local printer here in Atlanta who has a national reputationf or producing top quality giclees and had him do a scan and make a full size giclee print for me. He took four weeks to do the scan and print. I now have his scan and my photos to compare.
The print he made looks nice, but when I compare it side by side to the original, the original looks much better! Compared to the original, the print looks slightly "washed out". It looks like the print needs a touch more magenta in it because the flesh tones seems a bit pale.
They use a 4"x5" large-format camera with a BetterLight Super8K scanback, the shutter is open for 12 to 15 minutes and the images are up to 384 megapixels, so I assume the equipment isn't the problem. The service includes color matching.
It it common for giclees to be off a bit in color? Are flesh tones that difficult to match?