Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" means a spray or a spurt of liquid.
Giclee prints are an advantage to artists who want to produce their art as needed, or on-demand.
Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost.
The prohibitive upfront cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.
Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film will.
Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to any size.
What makes giclee printing a superior method of reproduction?
Giclées are printed on a variety of paper types from canvas, watercolor, satin, glosy, or matt papers. prints on canvas, watercolor or other substrates will make photos and paintings jump out with deep blacks, saturation and gradations not possible with other media. What makes a great giclee?
The concept is not new: artists made etchings on copper (plates) and would make limited editions on paper centuries ago. Some artists never even sell their originals: they only market limited editions. Others enhance the print with painted brush strokes, giving each piece a unique feel. If you are an artist or a photographer, a digital artist or manipulate your images, giclee prints are for you.
Proper coating can help eliminate scratches or even add surface texture never is varnish used as it will yellow in time.
the major issues with some canvas is a reduced color gamut some newer canvas has improved.
The new way of hanging canvas giclee prints is without a frame.
Below are three ways of displaying your canvas artwork,
as a canvas stretched gallery wrap or Print on a Regular Canvas Wrap or as a regular stretch.
A good canvas should not run when touched or when a little droplet of water falls on it.
You will be surprised how great watercolor giclees can look.
Because pure cotton textured papers similar or identical to the traditional papers.
Gamut rendition is very good
Inkjet canvas for giclee
What makes a great giclee
Make sure your files are color balanced there is no clipping in highlights and shadows. You can easily see any issues by running a histogram in Photoshop make it sharp.
A giclee must be made with a high quality printer.
As for inks, it goes without saying that pigments should be used.
The papers archival, acid free substrates.
Some think that originals are the only way to go. But over the centuries artists have painted paintings that would crack, yellow, or even rott. This has never stopped a good work of art not to be appreciated and valued, after all how many times have the museums repaired famous paintings worth millions. But it is not the medium that matters, it is the rarity and desirability of a piece that will command value.
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