A Giclee is an elegant, state-of-the-art reproduction
that gives a vibrant color rendition of an original painting. A
result of the marriage of art and modern technology, a Giclee faithfully
reflects the vibrant color, rich detail and lush texture of the original.
Giclee, a French printmaker's term for "fine spray," was adopted to
distinguish the technique from ordinary offset printing. It also signifies to
the art buyer that the process and materials used to create the print were
intended for the fine art market.
A Giclee is created by a digital
printer's tiny ink jets that spray millions of droplets of water based ink
onto fine archival art paper or canvas known as the substrate. The combination
of specific inks and substrate are carefully selected to assure maximum print
Giclees are produced one at a time. Depending upon their size, this intricate
printing process can take up to an hour or more for each
print. Afterward, giclees are coated with a protective finish to further
assure their longevity. Whether fine archival art paper or canvas, the end
result is always the same: a beautiful reproduced work of art with the look
and feel of the original painting.