What is a Giclée

The Giclée is a very high resolution printing technique. It was developed in the United States in the nineties. It was the Americans who gave the process a French name. The Giclée process now produces the highest quality of fine art printing. The top museums such as the Louvre, The Met, The Chicago Art Institute and the British Museum have adopted the Giclée.

The Giclée process is unequaled in the quality of reproduction of original works, and in archival long term image stability. The detail is such that no screening or dots can be seen, even with a magnifying glass. The saturation and range of colour is unbelievably extensive. As a result of the special archival inks and media used in Giclée printing, the longevity without fading is greatly improved (25 to 200 times) over that of lithograph prints. The pigmented inks and archival media used have been evaluated by the Wilhem Imaging Research Institute to resist fading and discoloration for 150 years, and 200 years when canvas is coated with Premier Art Print Shield or watercolour prints are framed under UV filtering glass.

Despite the cost of Giclée production being up to 25 times greater than offset lithography, there has been a phenomenal increase in market share. This results from the technique bringing a long awaited solution to artists and the artistic community that have been frustrated by the limits of photolithography and serigraphy. The extremely high quality archival Giclée prints may be made one at a time on canvas, textured and plain watercolour paper, photo paper, plastic film for exterior signage, etc.

The process uses a very sophisticated printer with jets much smaller in diameter than a human hair which spray millions of micro-droplets per second on to the medium. All of this is controlled using electronically calibrated digital equipment to ensure image quality. As each image is sent to the printer one at a time, once the image has been prepared for printing, there is little difference in cost per print between a few prints and hundreds of prints. Gifted artists can now make their work available to be enjoyed by the public at a very reasonable cost.

Although the Giclée image can take up to an hour to complete a 30”x30” sheet, the Giclée has become the new high quality standard in the art world. Its status will remain for the decades to come as Giclée art reproduction has reached the ultimate peak of quality and longevity.

We use the highest quality archival media and pigmented inks for giclée printing. Our printer produces prints at the highest giclée resolution that is available. The archival ratings established by the manufacturers indicate a resistance to fading and deterioration for up to 200 years. To achieve this extended permanence all our canvas prints are coated to protect them against mechanical abrasion and UV light. To achieve the same permanence, it is recommended that watercolour prints be framed under glass.

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