Giclee Q & A

What is a Giclee print?

A Giclee art print is a very high quality print, (e.g., a reproduction of the original painting), created utilizing state of the art printmaking technology. Simply put, a Giclee provides an image closer in color, texture, and clarity than any other type of print on the market. Giclee prints look so much like the original painting, very few individuals can tell them apart.

How do you pronounce Giclee?

Giclee is pronounced (zhee-klay) or (ghee-clay).

How is a Giclee print produced?

Original images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival (fade free) quality inks onto various surface substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color high tech ink-jet printers. Each Giclee uses individual color profiling for each paper type, ensuring the paper does not influence the color captured from the original image. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints. The B&O prints use an acid free German etching paper along with 12-color ink.

What makes Giclee printing a superior method of reproduction?

Giclee combines the beauty and brilliance of this printing technology with the use of pigments and the variety in paper types from canvas to watercolor or satin papers. A Giclee print on canvas, watercolor or other fine art paper will make paintings jump out with deep blacks, incredible color saturation and value gradations hard to achieve with other printing methods.

What makes Giclees better than some other art prints?

The quality. These are not 4 color lithographs (i.e., poster prints). The quality of the Giclee prints rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries. Giclee prints offer a range of colors superior to anything available, mostly due to the use of special inks and up to 12 colors. In comparison, traditional printing utilizes 4 colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The use of this expanded range of colors is the main reason why Giclee printing is the only method that can render accurate tonality and can achieve the contrast and brilliance of originals.

Will these prints fade?

The ink and paper used is the best in the industry. Properly cared for, these prints should last a lifetime.

Will these prints fit in standard sized frames?

Yes. The smaller prints will fit nicely into any 16”x 20” standard frame, which are available at many retail stores. (Sears, JC Penny, Wal-Mart, Target, Michael’s, etc). This can save you the costs normally associated with professional framing.

How do I care for these prints?

Always handle with care. The fine art paper should always be supported. Do not fold or bend the prints. Keep them covered. It’s best to put them in a frame as soon as possible.

Do other artists offer Giclee prints?

Selected artists, realizing the consumer value of Giclees, are now making the transition from standard lithographs to Giclee prints.
Chris Nelson

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