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Art reproductins are often referred to as prints. However, there are a number of popular methods used to get those amazing reproductions. In fact, some are so realistic that it is hard to tell the difference between a reproduction and the original. Understanding the popular methods utilized in creating prints allow connoisseurs to choose a preferred method, giving the impression and price desired.


Giclee prints are a beautiful and realistic method of representing the real thing on another medium. Giclees are created by transferring a digital image of the original onto a copy, using a high-quality ink jet printer. However, the beauty of the Giclee method is that Photoshop or another photo editor can correct colorations that may be imperfect. Even the contrast can be changed in order to ensure realism. Also, the right ink must be used in order to capture an authentic transfer.


With the help of polymer and a high quality metal plate, lithograph prints provide a wonderful addition to the art reproduction world. Lithographs have been around for centuries, and originally, the metal plate was nothing more than a large chunk of limestone. Once the plate is in place, colors or greases are properly placed. Next, the plate is pressed firmly onto a medium, such as a piece of paper or canvas. A single lithograph can create thousands of reproductions. However, as the lithograph is used, degradation in the metal plate eventually occurs, meaning the original piece of artwork is going to be found to be best represented within the lower the number of the lithograph.


Artagraph is a recent development when it comes to getting truer reproductions or prints. In this method, the piece of artwork is scanned with a laser scanner. Then, once the scan has been completed, the real work begins. A polymer sheet combines with oil based inks to create a type of mold of the original piece of artwork by implementing a type of silicon gel. This mold is going to replicate every stroke, and even the texture, of the artist’s original creation. Those printed sheets are placed on canvases that have been laminated. Once this process is completed, nitrogen is used to instantly cool the artwork, creating a wonderfully true reproduction.


Serigraphs use a type of stenciling to create the reproduction. Each color has its own stencil screen that represents the pigment intensity of the original. Then, the pieces are cut into thin strips of material, often incorporating nylon or even silk. Once completed, the colors are pressed or pulled across a medium such as paper or canvas, creating a perfect reproduction.

Deciding which method produces the best reproductions is debatable, and each method of producing realistic prints of the original have a differing price tag, depending on how realistic and intense it is to design the perfect reproduction. While most people choose to have one favorite or preferred method, the true beauty is having a variety of techniques, because most original masterpieces are best fit to a specific type of reproduction process.

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