Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée"
is a noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have
been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to
The Term : The term "giclee print"
connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated
from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality
inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base
paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than
other means of reproduction.
The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using
professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the
manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid
Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are
capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art
and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly
referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a
printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.
The Advantages :
Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to
mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or
on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions
can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive
up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived
files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently
do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital
images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media,
giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.
Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional
silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in
museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
Pigment Print Definition
The term "pigment
print" is used generally for any type of printed image that uses
strictly pigments. Pigment printing processes have been utilized since
the middle of the 19th century. The image stability of pigment printing
is superior to that of any other method of printing, including
traditional silver-halide or metal-based.
Digital inkjet printing has seen a surge in the use of the pigment ink
as ink sets have been refined to be compatible with the latest in
high-resolution inkjet technology.
Where archival dye-based ink sets exhibit excellent color gamut, pigment
inks excel in permanence. A dye is molecularly soluble in its vehicle,
but pigment is not. Pigment particles tend to be large enough to embed
into the receiving substrate making them water-resistant. The
particulate nature of pigment inks ensures their archival superiority. A
particle of pigment is less susceptible to destructive environmental
elements than a dye molecule.
Many digital papers have coatings which enhance color gamut. However,
these delicate coatings are susceptible to scuffing and scratching, and
diminish the archival properties of the print. Prints made with coated
substrates are not considered true digital pigment prints.
Print Net, Inc.
About Our Giclee Fine Art Printing Process...
of our reproductions are produced using only the finest materials
Randy's print editions are reproduced directly from his original
piece is meticulously scanned using an ultra high resolution scanner or
photographed with high definition digital imaging cameras.
The resultant image scan is then color-corrected and printed onto
museum quality paper using archival pigmented inks. It is then coated with
a protective coating that ensures your print for generations to come. If
you have any questions concerning the process, please contact Angela or
Randy Green at 540.336.3604 or send an email to CustomerService@randygreenart.com