Defintion of Giclee

A Giclee is a high quality reproduction of an original work of art. This reproduction will resist fading and color shift over time and match the detail and color of the original work of art as closely as possible.

The first step in making a Giclee is to have the artwork professionally digitized by scanning or photography. Once the artwork is digitized, the file is digitally cleaned of any dust, hair or scratches and then color corrected on the computer to match the original.

Color fastness, or resistance to fading, can only be certified by using inks that have been independently tested for this quality. “Archival” is a term that is often used to convey the longevity of inks. There are two types of inks on the market, pigment and dye. We are utilizing pigment inks for our Giclee’s. Pigment inks last longer and are not as susceptible to fading as dye inks are.

The final and most important criterion for defining a true Giclee is the artist’s own perception of the quality of the reproduction. A quality Giclee will match the original artwork exactly, on media that the artist will recognize as artist quality.

Giclee on Canvas: Reproduction of an original oil painting. Giclee’s are printed on a Cotton/poly 17 mil canvas. This brilliant white canvas is especially good for reproducing vibrant colors and detail. All canvas’ are coated with a semi-gloss finish which helps to prevent scratching and UV fading.

Giclee on Archival Paper: Reproduction of an original charcoal, drypoint, etching, pastel, pencil or woodcut work of art. Giclee’s are printed on100% cotton fiber and PH neutral paper. It’s softly textured. 310 gsm

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