Are you new to the art world? If so, chances are there are a lot of terms that may sound a bit confusing to you. One of the terms that many people do not understand id giclee printing. Giclee, pronounced ‘Zhee-Clay’, is a very common art term you will hear and see used for anyone selling art.
A giclee print is a high quality inkjet printing process that is used to digitally reproduce artwork. However it is important to note that not all inkjet prints are giclee prints. While this may seem confusing, you can think of giclee prints as inkjet prints that are higher quality prints on either canvas or watercolor paper. Not all inkjet prints appear at this level of quality or on this material, making the two different. Due to the high quality printing, these prints often have a longer lifespan than just simple inkjet prints as well. There are also more specific qualifications it must meet to be considered a true giclee.
Must have at least 300 dots per inch (DPI) for best detail.
Must be printed on a 100% cotton or rag material that is acid free. This helps the images durability.
Ink is pigment based and not dye based. Pigment ink has a lifespan of 100-200 years without fading. These inks are also better at capturing the true colors of an image.
Giclee printing has helped open the door for artists to mass reproduce their art to meet demand. Not all artists can possibly create original pieces of artwork to meet all of the demand. This is especially the case for any artists who work with oil paint as their medium, but it isn’t limited to only oil painters. So while there may only be one original piece, other admirers can also hang the artwork in their home thanks to giclee prints. This process is also relatively affordable, which tends to make the artwork more affordable for the final customer. However giclee printing can become expensive when the original edition is no longer available to scan.
Not sure how a print can really look like the real thing? giclee’s hang in museums to showcase famous works of art that are either not available or in another exhibit. This form of printing is able to recreate the brush strokes and texture or mimic the smooth finish of an up close photography. Giclee prints have also been known to sell for large sums of money witch one of the most expensive ones selling for almost $23,000!
If you are looking for a piece of art work for your home that meet your high standards but avoids the art auction cost, giclee prints are your answer. Search through our large online catalog to find prints from your favorite artists and in your favorite style. Place your order and have your painting in two days with our fast and safe shipping.