WHAT IS GICLEE?
What is Giclee?
A giclee (pronounced jee-clay) is a type of very high quality print. Giclee comes from the French word "gicler" meaning "to spray," referring to how an inkjet printer works and how giclee prints are produced. Giclee prints use inkjet technology and are far more sophisticated than your normal desktop printer.
These large format inkjet printers use small spraying devices that can both match colour and apply ink precisely, giving artists a high quality print of their original art.
Lightfast inks that are acid free and lightfast are sprayed onto the paper or canvas. It is believed that this process achieves the closest match technically possible to the original piece of artwork. Giclees are known for their longevity.
The Fine Art Trade Guild has set minimum standards for a Giclee print, including the criteria that it should be printed onto a surface of a minimum weight of 250grams and that the printing paper or canvas should be designated as "archival." Our fine art soft textured paper exceeds this weight, being 310 grams and our cotton canvas is 330 grams.
Another criterion for the print to qualify as a Giclee is that it is the original image must be captured in a high resolution level with a minimum of 300 DPI, that's "dots per inch." We achieve this with our sophisticated flatbed scanner, which more than exceeds this. A really good quality scanner really is an artist's best friend. I remember the time when I would pay a professional photographer to capture my images. None of those captures were a patch on what our scanner can do, so effortlessly.
To achieve a very high standard of colour reproduction, our giclee printer uses a colour pigment based ink set comprising of cyan, light cyan, vivid magenta, vivid light magenta, orange, green, yellow, light black, black and matte black.
A Giclee print using pigment inks can be lightfast for in excess one hundred years. However, the longevity of any giclee print will depend upon factors such as storage conditions.
Reliable equipment and technical skill are a must but once this is mastered, watching your printer pop out copies of all your hard work is a joy.
Giclee prints are the choice of art galleries, museums and collectors.