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Giclee Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Giclee?

Travis Sylvester Art Giclee

Paper Giclée Prints: "Giclée" is defined as a printmaking method using an ink-jet printer for photographic images of paintings to produce high-quality reproductions. In giclée, the ink is sprayed on to your choice of media in millions of colors utilizing continuous tone technology, retaining all the fine detail of the original. Etymology: French 'sprayed ink'

The Definition: Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".

The Term: The term “giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process: Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.

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.

Giclee refers to prints that are made with 100% archival materials, which ensures these prints to last over 150 years. They are the finest prints available on the market.

These giclee prints are being printed on demand which means that over the course of the edition some variations in the prints may occur due to alterations in the technology available and in media formulations that may be beyond the control of the artist. Any such variations will be minimal in impact as the final result has to meet the artist’s requirements.

Among museums and galleries the giclee has become the preferred reproduction for both beauty and durability.

The Giclée process provides unsurpassed color depth and life-like reproduction of the original artwork.

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The Advantages: 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.

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