Giclee Printing Explained

Perfect for painting, photographic or illustration reproductions that require maximum detail and longevity. Compared to most high street printers, giclee printing is set to a higher dpi, using a colour pigment ink system profiled for accurate colour reproduction and printed on the finest archival papers.

A brief history of giclée printing

giclée (zhee-clay) n. 1. a type of digital fine-art print. 2. Most often associated with reproductions; a giclée is a multiple print or exact copy of an original work of art that was created by conventional means (painting, drawing, etc.) and then reproduced digitally, typically via inkjet printing. First use in this context by Jack Duganne in 1991, Los Angeles, California

The print process involves squirting microscopic dots of pigment ink onto high quality fine art or photographic papers using sophisticated high-end inkjet printers with exceptional accuracy, wide tonal range and colour.

Studies have shown that Giclee Prints colour vividness can last in excess of 200 years, this gives assurance to collectors and art buyers of this type of printing method.

Giclee Prints have a number of advantages over other print methods, such as Lithography, including:

1. They provide a perfect solution for artists and photographers who do not wish to go to the expense of mass-producing their work but prefer to print on demand.

2. Print on demand means a single artwork can be made available in a number of papers and finishes.

3. The latest digital printers provide greater accuracy and depth of colour, ensuring faithful reproductions of originals.

4. Better longevity; a giclee print will outlast a lithographic print by up to six times.

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