A beginners guide to giclee printing

giclee printing

The term was originally used to describe the fine spray of inkjet printers but has come to be used for any high-quality reproduction, whether it be an original painting, a photograph, or a digital image. Giclees are most often used for fine art reproduction, gallery wrap canvases, oil painting reproductions, and museum-quality fine art prints.

A giclee print is not simply a printed image; each piece of artwork is digitally re-mastered through high-resolution scanning equipment to sharpen the colors and intensify the details in the original work of art.

Giclee prints on canvas are becoming increasingly popular and affordable, and the art is instantly available in a variety of sizes at affordable prices. Giclees can also be created from digital renderings of paintings or other artwork that has been created electronically and painted with special photo software (like Painter).

Unlike paintings and traditional fine art reproductions, giclee prints are not produced using traditional printing or lithographic processes. The giclee printers that are used to create these fine art reproductions use archival-quality inkjet technology, which is the same type of digital printer used for commercial applications like brochures and billboards.

Although there isn’t always a consensus among experts about whether the giclee method of fine art reproduction is superior to traditional methods, there is agreement that the giclee process produces a high-quality product.

The main argument in favor of printing images using digital printers (like an inkjet printer) rather than lithographic processes (such as offset printing), centers around the issue of permanence. Lithographs are printed on paper and can be printed in limited quantities. The giclee method of printing is a much more permanent process, where each image is created from a digital scan or electronic file that allows for infinite print runs.

Giclees are the closest thing to an original work of art that you will find, without actually being able to see the original itself. You can be sure that the piece you buy is high-quality and authentic. [ARTICLE END]

Thanks for reading, I hope this article was informative and helpful:

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– Fine quality reproduction

– Available in a variety of sizes

– Printed on acid-free paper

– Can be framed or mounted


– Limited color range compared to original work of art

– Not always an accurate representation of the original work of art

– Limited edition and availability

For those of you who are new to buying art online, I’d like to explain a few things.

Giclees are almost ALWAYS made from scans of the original (unless it’s printed as part of an artist’s book). They aren’t necessarily limited editions and aren’t always signed or numbered either.

It means that someone took a photograph off of their computer monitor and then used that to print a giclee. It’s not the same as the original, but it’s pretty close.

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