A giclee (zhee-CLAY) is defined as a digital printing process in which an ink-jet printer is used to produce a high-quality art print. The French word “giclée” is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid.
Giclees can be printed from a digital image or scan on to a variety of substrates including canva, fine art and photo based papers. The ink process involves 8 to 12 colours of light-fast (fade resistant) ink.
The Giclee printing process can be advantageous to artists who are looking to produce their artwork in smaller quantities, or on demand. Once the digital file is created, reproductions can be made at a reasonable cost.
What is the advantage of Giclée printing compared to other art reproduction methods?
Giclée prints are superior to the traditional lithography technique in many ways. The colors are brighter, the resolution is higher, details are crisper and the prints last longer. Another main advantage to Giclée printing is the ability to have smaller print runs. Lithograph and silk-screen techniques require a large print run, usually of at least a 1000 to make it practical.