What is a Giclée
A Giclée Print is an art image on paper or canvas that
has been produced on a computer-driven ink-jet printer that sprays
the ink onto the canvas or water colour paper such that the dots
of colour overlap one-another, providing more coverage and greater
intensity and purity of colour.
Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay" or "gee-clay",
a french word meaning "sprayed" onto the paper from many
tiny ink jets) describes the most advanced process for fine-art
digital printmaking. The newer giclée printers have
the ability to resist fading about 10 times longer than earlier
printers. Using highly saturated, water-based archival inks
with the potential for making 512 chromatic changes, newer giclée
printers can print more than three million colours. The prints
can be produced on a variety of absorbent surfaces ranging from
fine-art papers to canvas, silk, and even leather. Prints
on canvas are protected with a coating that makes them water
resistant and allows them to be displayed without glass.
Competition has not only forced the evolution of longer-lasting
inks with broader and more saturated colour ranges but also brought
forward the growing importance of the role of craftsmanship. To
get the best reproduction possible, to minimise compromises, and
to determine the compatibility of media and the permanence of inks,
it is necessary to discuss the process and practices involved with
the individual printer. The ability to use the latest methods,
materials, and tools makes the difference in the outcome and longevity
of the print. The collaboration between the artist and
the printer - the skills and materials of the printer and the
of the artist - will ultimately determine the quality of the
print. At Fine Art Print Centre, you can be assured of our printers'
and the quality of our materials.
Owning a canvas print or canvas transfer may be the next best
thing to owning an original work of art. Many of the canvas
the market today qualify as true reproductions because they
were produced directly on canvas either with offset lithography
Canvas transfers are the result of technology that has been
around for about three decades, but only became commercially
in the 1990's. In a nutshell, through the use of several chemicals,
the ink on a limited-edition offset reproduction is literally
transferred to the canvas. The result is a reproduction with
a lustrous finish
like oil on canvas.
Canvas images score other bonus points with collectors as
well. For one thing, artists can hand-embellish by adding
acrylic paint highlights. Another factor is that canvas prints
can be framed like originals because they don’t need
to be covered with protective glazing.
Fine-art digital printmaking most often begins with an original painting that is photographed by a digital camera and input into a computer or directly scanned on a flatbed scanner. All the manipulation, colour corrections and other necessary procedures are done in the computer with specially designed software. The reproduction is then printed out on a six or eight colour Iris or ink jet drum printer. At Fine Art Print Centre our large format printers use six and eight colour processes.
Although the digital print is made on a six or eight colour printer, the process can achieve millions of colours, most of which appear brighter than the colours of offset reproductions. The reproduction of delicate pastel colours is particularly outstanding and, when done properly, a digital reproduction of a transparent water colour original can rival the original.
That’s the bottom line for the art consumer. The bottom line for the artist is that digital prints are a less expensive, quality way of test marketing the reproduction without having to invest in an entire edition. Although digital prints have a higher per-print cost, they can be reproduced on demand, reducing the need for extra inventory if prints aren’t sold. The artist can have one made, then another and more later - and they’ll all look exactly alike.
Prints and Quality
What type of quality can I expect from your
At Fine Art Print Centre we take great pride
in the quality of all our prints and customer satisfaction is
our number one priority. Every
print that we produce has been professionally colour proofed
to ensure that it is as close to the original piece as is technically
What type of paper do you print on?
Canvas Paper - Made from the highest quality 100% cotton duck fabric, this unique heavyweight, quality canvas utilises a tight weave that is ideal for photographic and fine art reproductions. With a high resolution coating that is pliable enough to withstand stretching, Canvas displays a subtle texture for a true artistic look and feel. Combined with incredible colour reproduction, a medium gloss finish, and acid free archival quality base and our canvas prints will not fade for over 75 years.*
Museum Quality Archival Paper - Produces images with vivid colour reproduction and high contrast. This paper will be fade resistant for 50 - 75 years and acid free. Choose from cool or hot press surfaces, various paper weights and colours to create the medium best suited for prints of your artwork.
Photo Grade Paper - Choose from gloss to satin finishes for your exhibition quality photographs. Our photo grade paper options retain the archival paper qualities as listed above and also provide the perfect weight for displaying your finished work with or without mounting.