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What is a Giclee Print?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 08:43:14 AM »
   A giclée (zhee-CLAY), is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclées are produced from digital scans of existing artwork or from original works created in a digital format. Also, since many artists now paint only digitally, there was no "original" that can be hung on a wall. Giclées solve that problem, while creating a whole new vibrant medium for art.

   Giclees can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, to transparent acetates. Giclees are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually 'continuous tone', rather than tiny dots. The range, or "gamut" of color for giclees is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper. Since giclee printers can use media in rolls, large print sizes are available, limited only by the length and width of the roll.

   Lithography uses tiny dots of four colors--cyan, magenta, yellow and black--to fool the eye into seeing various hues and shades. Colors are "created" by printing different size dots of these four colors.

   My Giclees are produced using seven colors--light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and black (sometimes TWO blacks).  Giclees use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer. The process uses fade resistant, UltraChrome archivally rated dye inks and finer, more numerous, replaceable printheads resulting in a wider color gamut, and the ability to use various media to print on. The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.

   Our prints are priced midway between original art and regular limited edition lithographs. Limited edition litho prints are usually produced in editions of 500-1000 or more, all at once; but giclees rarely exceed 50-100 high-quality reproductions, one at a time.

   Giclees were originally developed as a proofing system for traditional lithographic printing presses, but it soon became apparent that the presses were having a hard time delivering the quality and brilliant color of the giclee proofs. Giclees evolved into the new darlings of the art world. They are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because they don't have to be produced in huge quantities with their large layout of capital and storage.

   In addition, Giclees are produced directly from a digital file, (which can be remotely uploaded,) saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates used with traditional litho printing. Chenoweth Collection prints are made by me on our own giclee printer, allowing for more flexibility, experimentation, quick turnaround and lower costs (no middleman) to our customers.

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