If you want to reproduce a work of art, there is one printing technique that guarantees museum quality and that is the giclée printing technique. A giclée (pronounced: zjie-klee) is a printing technique developed in the United States using an inkjet printer.
The technique is mainly used to make reproductions of works of art. The term giclee is derived from the French verb “gicler”, which means to blast or spray. Giclée Print refers to a photo printed using modern techniques such as inkjet printers, as opposed to the photo prints made using a traditional photochemical process on light-sensitive paper. This technique uses continuous ink jets that apply different layers of color to the paper. In 1991, artist Jack Duganne gave the name giclée to this new printing process.
The highest quality can be obtained by:
- high quality paper
- a high-quality ink, based on real pigments
- a piezo print head technology, which allows very accurate dosing of the ink amount and frequency
With these pigmented inks a color fastness of 100 years or more can be obtained according to the latest studies.
To produce a giclee, the work must first be digitized. It is also possible to use this technique for work that is designed on a screen and of which only a digital original exists, the so-called digital art.
Fine Art Printing Naarden offers high quality giclée prints on Hahnemühle paper for giclée prints on textured giclée paper (fineart paper) and Epson's Ultrachrome HD pigment inks.
Fun fact! If a digital work is not printed in circulation but only once, we speak of a monogiclee.