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What is a Giclee print?

What is the difference between a Giclee Fine Art Print and a standard art print?


Giclee printing produces a product of higher quality and longer lifespan than that of a standard art print.


When printing a Giclee Fine Art Print the original artwork must be scanned from at least 300dpi to ensure that the final print has the sharpest detail and lacks any of the fragmentation that can occur with images less than 300 DPI.


For Giclee printing, the paper used to reproduce the original artwork print must be of archival and museum quality. The paper must be acid free and consist of a 100% cotton or rag base, and a good base weight for a Giclee Fine Art Print must be at least 250gsm (unlike standard art print can often be printed on photographic paper or standard art paper and be flimsy in weight).


Giclee prints use pigment-based inks rather than dyes and have a longer life span that can last anywhere from 100 to 200 years without significant fading. Specialist printers are used to create Giclee prints and are usually a larger format printer that specifically uses pigment-based inks and will hold around 8 to 12 different color ink cartridges, rather than the standard 3 colour inks of standard printers. The more inks used, the more vivid colours, true to the original artwork that is being reproduced.