I hope I'm in the correct forum to ask this question
I am a painter, and I would like to print copies of my artwork, (from photos) but I'm very confused regarding the best/correct way to do it. I will clarify what I've learned so far from asking around and research, I'd appreciate it if you can give your ideas and if not refer me to a better channel or site for more info .
Prints on paper: I've heard conflicting opinions regarding which printing method is better to use: inkjet or laser print. I have a plain Dell inkjet printer, maybe there's a certain ink that can be ordered for artwork prints? (archival?). I know an artist who orders her prints on cardstock from Kinko's, but a conflicting opinion I was given is that actually inkjet produces a better color variety and subtleties than laser. Another opinion was to simply order from a photo developing shop - a chemical print will produce best quality (that advice came from a photographer).
Using my own home printer will be practical for smaller prints, but if I want to produce larger ones of course I would need a commercial place to do it, question is where to go.
Another question is regarding giclee prints. I've found a local print shop which will print large prints on canvas quite inexpensively, but they don't specialize in art printing, and I don't have any idea what I should look for to verify they are using the correct methods and materials, apart from simply trying their service. Should there be special (archival, again) materials used? I also heard somewhere inkjet is better for giclee prints. Is it possible to produce a good quality prints on small canvas using the home printer? will that be called giclee or simply print on canvas?
I live in Brooklyn, NY, so if anyone can recommend local places that'd be great!
Thank you !!