Giclée prints are produced by an ink jet printing process that uses the
incredible power of the ink jet printer. What began as a search for a more flexible means
of producing limited edition prints has been refined and improved. Today's fine art print
collectors as well as galleries and museums recognize Giclée prints by their exquisite
color and fine detail. A print can now look as good as an original.
Simply put- artwork is scanned into a computer - the image is proofed - prints are
made on demand.
Once an image is digitized and archived, additional reproductions can be
made with minimal effort and cost. Since printing is done on demand the up-front cost of
mass production is eliminated.
For the first time, artists can get what is essentially an art sales breakthrough -
risk-free limited editions. No minimums are required. You can order only one print or the
entire edition. This is good news for artists working with oils or acrylics on canvas or
watercolors on paper. For artists producing computer generated art giclée printing offers
an effective way to exhibit and sell the art.
This reproduction process is uniquely suited for fine artists as well photographers.
The possibilities are endless! For example, prints can be hand finished by the artist with
acrylics or oils, thus making them one of a kind prints.
Another advantage to giclée printing is that artwork can be reproduced to almost any
size and on various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a
Image permanence is a concern to artists and collectors. At
ImageSpirit we use Generations
pigmented inks from Media Street which are very stable, giving fade & color shift
resistance of better than 100 years under average indoor light conditions when proper fine
art paper and canvas is used (as claimed by the manufacturer).