What is Giclee printing?
Below is an article we put together to briefly expalain the Giclee printing process:

Giclee (zhee-klay)
Giclee (pronounced zhee’klay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting.

Giclee prints are produced on a wide variety of museum-quality, acid-free fine art papers and canvas, including Matte and Gloss Hi-Textured Canvas, Smooth and Textured Watercolor paper, Lustre Photo papers and transparent acetates. Giclee prints are produced with archival quality inks and are superior to traditional lithography in several ways. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually continuous tone, rather than tiny dots. The range, or "gamut" of color for giclees is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper. One of the advantages of Giclee printing is that once the scan is made, you can order as many or as few as you wish.

Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various museum-quality substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. They are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by artist and galleries because giclee prints do not have to be produced in huge quantities. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, Canon & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.

Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.


For special wholesale giclee printing prices, please contact info@thecolorgroup.com




article index



Your One-Source Printing Company

Seattle digital printing

Website Article/about.com

~ 1741 4th Ave S • Seattle, WA 98134 • Ph: 206.281.1630 ~ info@thecolorgroup.com
thecolorgroup.com ©2015

digital printing company
Need A
Fast Quote?

digital printing company Learn
the Lingo:

printing terms

Preparing Files

Map & Directions

Helpful Articles
Industry News