What is It? The word Giclee (zhee-klay) is a French noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”.
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An Overview: “Giclee print” is an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various types of medium including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
How It’s Made: We have two printers. Our Giclee prints are created using either an 8 or 9-color ink-jet printer. These high-end modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for the fine art markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.
What’s Good About It? : 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. We also print many of our Eifert paintings by the traditional off-set methods, creating thousands of puzzles, posters or cards, but for our high-end prints, the quality of a giclee print cannot be underestimated.
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.
The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.