What is Giclee Printing?
Pronounced "jhee-clay", giclee is a sophisticated inkjet printing method. The word "giclee" is derived from the French language
word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". It has to do with the fact
that papers are being sprayed on with pigments by nozzles with an approximate diameter of one millionth of the diameter of a hair.
In short, "Giclee" is just a fancy term for a high quality ink-jet print that uses fade resistant archival inks and papers.
Faville Photo offers a variety of media papers for giclee printing. High resolution giclee ink-jet printing is an excellent choice
for photographers wanting to create single or multi-sized reproductions from digital files. The most photorealistic choice is to use our
photo gloss or luster papers. However, photographs take on a new personality when printed on watercolor, velvet, textured or
canvas media. We offer an extensive inventory of printing substrates. Contact us and we'll recommend a paper for your project.
Contrary to a popular belief, there are some major differences
between a home desktop printer and a giclee inkjet printer.
1.) The biggest difference is the addition of colors. A home printer typically has four colors: Cyan, Majenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK).
A giclee printer has 6 or 7, or in the case of our printer, 12 colors, giving the print a much higher color gamut. The ink is then sprayed
onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.
2.) Giclee printers have an extremely large format that can print from 44" to 72" wide and there is no limit on the length.
3.) The number of materials and fine art paper that a giclee can be printed on range from photo paper
to canvas to watercolor paper
or even as unique as glass, metal, wood, magnetic paper, and other fun stuff.
4.) Most home printers print at 300 DPI, while giclee printers can print up to 2800 DPI.
What are the benefits of Giclee Printing?
The benefits of Giclee Printing are different for everyone. Read below to see how Giclee Printing can benefit you!
Benefits for Fine Artists
Giclee Printing is idea for Fine Artists who do not wish to mass produce their work, but would rather reproduce their
art as needed. Once a digital file is created, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost
Another advantage of Giclee Printing is that the digital image can be reproduced at any size and any of our various media.
And not only can artists now offer signed, limited edition giclee prints to customers who may not be able to afford high-priced
originals, but the increased visibility can increase the value of the original, and help attract more gallery interest
and revenue. Some artists also mix digital printing with hand painting or artificial texturing for fantastic results.
Benefits for Photographers
Fine Art Photographs look fantastic as giclee prints, and top galleries that sell fine art photographs, especially large
format photography, utilize giclee printing. We are able to produce large prints of outstanding quality. Our special acid-free
papers and coatings will ensure fade resistant results with rich color and continuous tones that rival traditional photo lab
results. We also offer advantages to photographers over traditional photo labs, including personal attention to detail, true
profiling and color matching, a wide array of substrates, and quick turnaround time. Professional photographers wishing to
offer large format prints and canvas to their clients should ask about our photo packages and repeat pricing discounts.
Benefits for Digital Artists
Digital Art is rapidly emerging as a very popular form of art. Giclee printing is the perfect medium for unlocking the
potential of digital art, offering a wide array of choices in paper and canvas. Ask about our proof packages to find the
paper that fits your artwork.
Take that heart warming photo from your special event and have it printed onto canvas. There's nothing like a larger than
life canvas print, elegantly stretched and framed to say how much you care. Don't forget, canvas prints make great gifts for
birthdays and any holidays! Order your stretched canvas giclee print today!