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What is Giclée printing?

Giclée printing – pronounced zhee-clay with a French accent;) – is a method of inkjet printing that results in extremely high quality prints and a lifespan of 80-100 years. It gets its name from a version of the French word la Giclée meaning sprayed or squirted.

The resolution of an image must be at least 300 DPI and this results in a final print with very sharp detail. This is essential when printing to larger sizes to avoid any noise or fragmentation.

The paper for Giclée printing needs to be of archival quality such as the Somerset range which is made from 100% cotton. These professional fine art papers result in outstanding colours and museum quality longevity.

Giclée prints are made using pigment-based inks rather than dye-based inks used in commercial printers. These inks can last for up to 200 years without significant fading. The printers used are of a larger format and hold approximately 12 different colour pigment-based inks.

We love Giclée prints as they offer vivid colours that far outperform traditional printing methods and the process can capture both subtle shadows and the deepest blacks.

 One of our favourites black&white prints is:

'Eiffel’ Open Edition Giclée Print

Also, 'Carousel' shown above. Both images were taken in Paris.

To see more black&white art prints please click here.

Have a lovely Sunday.


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