What is a Giclee?
About Giclee Art
A giclée is a high resolution digital print made from an archival ink and media combination. Giclée is also a recognized fine art print category like lithographs and serigraphs. Giclée is considered the world's best technique for reproducing original works of art and for printing digitally created art and fine art photography. Giclée printmaking has opened up new markets for one-of-a-kind and short run limited edition artwork.
Giclée prints look and feel like original art. Since giclée printmaking is digital throughout the entire process, there is much more control of color and greater opportunity for artist interaction. Color is much richer and more saturated than other types of printing. Prints are made on real artist materials such as watercolor papers and canvas. Prints are a combination of continuous tone and stocastic screen patterns which makes it difficult to distinguish between giclée prints and original artwork. Giclée provides higher resolution and more reproducible colors than other printmaking techniques.
Image permanence is a concern to artists and collectors. Giclee art is very stable, giving fade & color shift resistance of better than 25 years for average indoor light conditions. When museum quality lighting is used, this time span increases up to 200 years.
Giclee art is available in many different types of medium. The most common types of medium are: Oil on Canvas and Watercolors.