What is a giclée print?

Giclée printing is one of the most exciting new technologies to impact the world of fine art and is making art more accessible and more affordable.

‘Giclée’ is based on the French word gicleur, which means 'nozzle' or the verb gicler meaning to squirt, spurt, or spray. This method combines new media digital tools and technology to produce a high quality fine art print.

Simply explained, a giclée print is a high-quality inkjet print but unlike the inkjet printer you have in your home or office, a giclée printer will have up to 12 nozzles, each applying a different colour to the print resulting in stunning depth of colour and tone. 

The nozzle openings are superfine and eliminating any visible dot pattern and the inks are ‘lightfast’ pigment inks rather than dye-based inks. These fade resistant inks are generally lightfast in the sun for up to 25 years, and up to 200 years in normal lighting conditions without significant fading. 

The paper used for a giclée print will be high quality archival, acid-free paper or canvas and the prints are usually limited edition, individually checked by the artist for colour accuracy, and match to the original and signed and numbered. Some are hand finished and may come with a certificate of authenticity.

Read more about the history and unique qualities of Giclee prints here. 

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