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Fine ArtWhat is Giclée?

Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is the term used for the process of making fine art printed artwork or photograph with a high quality digital inkjet printer using fade-resistant “archival” inks.

How are Giclée prints made?

A very high quality scan is made to accurately capture the colour and detail of the original artwork. This is checked on a calibrated screen before the artwork is printed.

The inks used are specially formulated to work with a printer head that sprays tiny jets of ink at a resolution of 1440dpi or more.

Why are Giclée prints better?

The Giclée printing method creates a print that will remain true for up to 25 years if stored out of direct sunlight or framed using UV filter glass. But the latest test results as reported by The Fine Art Trade Guild, show life expectancy rates of 100 to 200 years for some Giclée prints. The finished Giclée image has the colour saturation, tones and hues of the original painting.

Traditionally, artists have used offset lithography and screen-printing to reproduce runs of prints. This meant a large batch was necessary, and there was often inconsistencies in the batch.

Giclée in use

Giclée prints, which are a relatively new phenomenon (the process has only been in place since the 1980’s) are often used for limited edition prints because they can be produced in small batches. Giclée prints are often exhibited in art galleries alongside sculptures and original art.

The prints are available in a variety of paper or canvas formats, and more recently we have seen ‘hand embellished’ Giclée prints, which have been finished with a textured coating, sometimes with the texture applied to mirror the detail in the print.

Giclée prints in store

We have a varied supply of Giclée prints, Giclée on canvas and hand embellished Giclée’s, so it’s often best to visit the store to see what we have in at the time.

Framing Giclée prints

If you have invested in a fine Giclée print, then you probably want to protect it. Have it framed behind glass, preferably UV filter glass, to get even more life out of the fade resistant inks used in the artwork.

You should also make sure that you keep the Giclée print away from the surface of the glass, because if it touches the glass and there is moisture in the air, your image may stick to the glass.  To do this, we recommend adding an acid free mount, a spacer or a slip frame.