The intention on a giclee printing is to produce a product at a higher quality with a longer lifespan.
1. A high-quality image with a high resolution (at least 300 dpi). This will ensure the final print has the sharpest detail and lacks any of the fragmentation that can occur with images of lower resolution.
2. Paper or canvas that is archival or museum grade quality, often acid free and with a cotton base. Archival is a term used to describe something that is resistant to deterioration.
3. Pigment based inks which are composed of small colored particles held in suspension, rather than a dye-based ink which is a soluble colorant dissolved in liquid. Pigment based inks are superior in color tone, have a longer lifespan and reduce the possibility of smearing or staining.
4. Printed on an advanced, large format printer with 8 to 12 ink cartridges. The number of inks allow for smoother gradient transitions and a wider color range creating vibrant images.
· Giclee is a French term meaning “that which is sprayed”, derived from the word nozzle.
· Giclee printing began in the 1980s when high resolution scans were used in conjunction with archival quality inks.
· Giclee term coined by printmaker Jack Duganne in 1991.
· Not all inkjet printers produce giclee prints. It all boils down to resolution, paper, ink, and the printer.
· dpi = Dots Per Inch. The higher the dpi the more dots of color will be printed, the more detailed the final image will appear.
· Giclee prints are more expensive because the technology and materials used to create these prints are expensive.