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What is a Giclee?

A giclee (zhee-CLAY) is a high-resolution reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing artwork.

Giclees can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper etc. Giclees are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually 'continuous tone', rather than tiny dots. The range of color for giclees is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper.

Giclees use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer. The process employs six colors--light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and black--of lightfast (fade resistant,) pigmented inks and finer, more numerous, replaceable printheads resulting in a wider color gamut, and the ability to use various media to print on. The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.

Giclee prints are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because they so accurately reproduce the original art. In addition, Giclees are produced directly from a digital file, saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates used with traditional litho printing.


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