Giclée print definition

Digital Fine Art is now more commonly known as Giclée print. Pronounced zhee-klay - the word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". This is what the inks do when they coat the paper or canvas with pigment.Giclée print

The term "giclée print" denotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images can be generated from many different methods. They can be original digitally created art works using computer software, high resolution digital scans or photographic capturing. Once the image is ready, it is printed with archival quality inks onto various media including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclée print process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction.

A Giclée print is created typically using professional ink-jet printers. Riviere Publishing uses the latest large format printers from Epson. These printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. The inks used are specially formulated so that the fine print heads can spray jets of ink in minute droplets at a resolution of 2880 DPI. The media that is printed on to has a specially formulated coating allowing a much high colour density and detail.

Giclée print advantages

Giclée printGiclée printing is 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 does. Another advantage of giclée print is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist enormous scope to the artist or photographer.

Quality of Giclée print

The visual quality of the Giclée print is extremely high and the colour saturation and definition stunning, rivalling traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes. When a Giclée print is produced on good quality paper, the print can have a life expectancy of 100 to 200 years, comparable or better than other collectible artwork and therefore commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.