Artist Process, Printmaking & Finishing

Artist Process

Richard uses Canon professional digital cameras. He typically shoots each subject using a variety of angles, focal lengths, and compositions. Richard processes the images with Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC on a Macintosh platform. Each RAW format image, in the range of 24-50 megapixels, is processed at 16 bit/300 megabytes to preserve all detail.


Each fine-art open edition photographic print in the Richard James Collection is custom fabricated utilizing a Giclee (zhee-clay) printing process that employs a 10-color ink jet printer and pigment based archival inks. Our print substrates include: satin photographic paper, watercolor paper, and canvas.

Photosatin Paper
PhotoSatin Premium RC Paper by Canon, offers a smooth satin finish.

Watercolor Paper
Hahnemühle watercolor paper offers a fine smooth surface and textured look of a Photo Rag paper.

Epson Canvas is a poly/cotton material that features a satin finish and can be stretched. Canvas prints are rolled, bagged, and placed in a shipping tube. Please contact us for a quote on our canvas stretching services.

Finishing - Mats, Frame, Glazing

Framed images are printed on satin photo paper, or fine-art watercolor paper. Our finishing process includes the application of 4 ply conservation mat board. The artwork is framed using Larsen-Juhl frames. A picture framing grade acrylic glazing is applied to the front. A backing paper (dust cover) is applied to the rear of the frame, and a picture wire is attached.

Canvas prints are rolled, bagged, and placed in a shipping tube. Please contact us for canvas stretching.

Print Life

The typical lifetime of a giclée color print is approaching 100 years. We strongly suggest that the placement of the artwork, like any artwork, not be in the path of direct sunlight.