About Fine Art Giclee Printing

What is a Giclee print?

Giclee (jhee-clay) - Derived from the french verb gicler meaning to spray or squirt. The term giclee print typically connotes a certain elevation in printmaking technology. Images are high resolution digital scans printed with archival quality inks onto various media like fine art canvas or watercolor paper. In the Giclee printing process, a fine stream of ink, millions of droplets per second, are sprayed onto archival art paper or canvas. Because no screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs. The dynamic color range is like serigraphy. The fine art prints made using the Giclee printing process provide better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. The effect is similar to an air brush technique, but much finer.


What is the expected life of a Giclee print?

The most important fact to remember is that all color fades. As far as Giclee prints are concerned, some original watercolors & most lithographs will fade faster than a well-made Giclee. Unlike lithographs and serigraphs, Giclees have undergone extensive, third-party fade-testing. While the predicted display life depends on many variables, under typical home or office lighting , and depending on the papers used, giclees made with the process used by Orion Studios are estimated to last at least 100 years without noticeable fade. These estimates are based on laboratory simulations of aging.


Do Giclee prints require special care?

It is recommend that you treat your Giclee prints the same as other original limited edition prints. It should be protected from water and should not be placed in direct sunlight. Giclees printed on paper should be frame mounted behind glass. Giclees printed on canvas are treated with an acrylic varnish to aid in their protection, however careful treatment is still desirable.



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