Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Custom Sports Art website

Fequently asked questions

What are fine art giclee reproductions ?

A giclee (zhee-CLAY) is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech reproduction utilizing a special large format printer. Giclees are generally produced from digital scans of existing artwork. Today, since many artists now paint on a digital palette there is no "original" that can be hung on a wall. Giclees solve that problem, while creating a whole new vibrant medium for art.

Giclees can be printed on any number of media from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, even transparent acetates. Giclees are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer and are so high-resolution that the prints are virtually "continuous tone". The color range, or gamut for giclees is far beyond lithography with the paint edges noticeably crisper in detail.  Lithography uses tiny dots of four colors--cyan, magenta, yellow and black--to fool the eye into seeing various hues and shades. Colors are "created" by printing different size dots of these four colors. 

Giclees use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer. The process employs eight colors--light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and three black shades-- of lightfast (i.e. fade resistant) pigmented inks utilizing finer, more numerous print heads.  This results in a wider color gamut and the ability to use various media to print on. The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the media to create truer shades and hues. Since giclee printers can use media in rolls large print sizes are available, limited only by the length and width of the roll. Billboard sizes are even possible.

Giclees are typically sold by the square inch or even square foot.  They are priced midway between original art and regular limited edition lithographs. Limited edition litho prints are usually produced in editions of 500-1000 or more, all at once; but giclees rarely exceed 50-100 high-quality reproductions, one at a time.

Giclees were originally developed as a proofing system for traditional lithographic printing presses, but it soon became apparent that the presses were having a hard time delivering the quality and brilliant color of the giclee proofs. Giclees evolved into the new darlings of the art world. They are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality.  Furthermore, giclees are desired by galleries and artists alike because they do not have to be produced in huge quantities with a large layout of capital and storage requirements. In addition, Giclees are produced directly from a digital file thereby saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates used with traditional litho printing.


What are the framing options?

There are two frame options that are available.

  1.  Gallery Wrap- The canvas is wrapped and stapled to a wooden 1.5" depth frame.  The sides are painted either a complementary color from the painting or black.  Foam board seals the back and a wire is strung on the back for hanging.  The look is modern with the painting hanging off the wall.  See pictures further below.

2.  "Floater" Frame- The frame in the gallery wrap is inserted into a smooth black wood frame for a professional and striking presentation.  The canvas appears to float within the frame with a 1/2" gap separation to the frame.  A wire is strung on the back for hanging.  This option is quoted separately; send an email so we can understand your requirements.  See pictures further below.



Very solid 1 1/2" depth frame.




New: +2" depth all wood floater frame to further standout from the wall.


How long until delivery of the artwork?

I can provide a rough estimate of delivery within 3-5 days per piece.  Canvas turnaround includes any enhanced application of texture glazing and painted highlights I may add for vibrancy to the finished work.  To the extent I have inventory on-hand, shipment can occur within days.  I will promptly notify you if a delay is expected.


How can I review detail close-ups?

Reviewing an on-line image of a painting will give you a very good representation of the finished piece when viewed several feet away.  However, the character of art is often revealed in the texture and brush strokes when seen closer.  If you wish to see this level of detail, I can e-mail to you a section of the painting at 100% resolution.  The images on-line are too small if you attempt to do this.


What is meant by image size?

If you visit the Gallery/Catalogue links, you will see the typical image sizes for each painting.  The image size refers to the size of the actual painted image or said differently, the image size excludes any surrounding border added for mat or framing convenience.  For canvas, an minimum additional 3 inch border is added for stretching over a frame. 


Can I order different sizes from the catalog/gallery offers?

In general, I try to be flexible within reason.  I can get prints produced for any image size, including larger if desired.  However, I cannot change the horizontal and vertical proportionality of the image size to meet some standard framing size.  Standard frame sizes can often be achieved with the surrounding matting process done at a quality frame shop. 


What can I expect from my giclee print ?

Your Giclee print is reproduced with the finest, economical materials to ensure quality to an original painting.  A minimum 3" canvas border is added to the image size for stretching over a frame.   All canvas prints include a limited edition Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist and count toward the series of fifty or less unless noted.  Each canvas is coated with a gloss acrylic protective finish.  Canvas prints have a stated indoor longevity, based on the ink dyes and lamination, of over 75 years.


What is an artist embellished or enhanced canvas giclee ?

An embellished giclee is the closest resemblance possible to an original painting.  The fidelity and vibrancy of these prints is further enhanced with the artist's addition of simulated brushstrokes in the finishing coat and hand-painted highlights.  These details emphasize light and add pure color to the drama of the artwork. 

I typically will use acrylic paints to give the painting the "pop-and-wow" factor.  In many ways, these individual details make each piece unique and an original piece in themselves. (Note: This enhancement is at the discretion of the artist based upon his assessment of the value-add to the final canvas presentation)


What is your satisfaction and return policy?

Purchasing art on-line offers many advantages to the purchaser, most notably a favorable price relative to a gallery.  However, not seeing the finished piece in person to see the detail quality can cause some level of hesitation in committing to a purchase.  Complicating the quality issue is that computer monitors are not necessarily accurately calibrated to present color exactly the same as in printed form. 

My policy is to make sure you are 100% completely satisfied.  Simply stated, I will refund your money within 5 business days of delivery if the painting does not meet your expectations.