Giclee example

Giclee printing guide and services for artists, agents and photographers. We serve clients all around the US with their giclee printing needs. Most of our customers are in Los Angels and New York, receiving the same quality they would locally at half the cost. Affordable fine art reproduction printing is a reality and it doesn't have to be out of reach for any artist. I am the owner of There is a lot more technical information and ordering capabilities on that site.







Welcome to our website covering information about giclee. The aim is to educate the artist and enthusiast on fine art inkjet giclée printing/reproduction. I will detail how to get into fine art printing, whether to use a giclee studio or doing it in house. If you decide to outsource please look at the pricing link above for services. There are resources and advice across the site specifically targeted to explain how to produce and market your art.

With the advent of digital photography and the slow demise of mechanical lithography, digital inkjet high-end printing is expanding exponentially. Giclee loosely means spraying or squirting in French. It is sometimes misspelled glicee or geclee. Characteristics of a true digital art print:

1) The use of archival pigmented inks (inkjet printer inks)
2) The use of archival fine art papers (i.e. canvas, watercolor)
3) An inkjet printer with professional grade nozzles
4) Individual color profiling for each paper
5) Last but not least, who is making your giclees? I see sign shops who already have some of the equipment claiming they now produce giclée. Do not be fooled; this is a very specialized field and it takes an experienced printmaker years to achieve the skills to truly produce high quality work. Also, is the giclee printer using a RIP and profiling papers and inks? Are your giclees fine art or decor quality?


What makes giclee printing a superior method of reproduction 

Giclée combines the beauty and brilliance of this printing technology with the use of pigments and the variety in paper types from canvas to watercolor or satin and matte papers. While photographic prints are somewhat dull and limited in paper choices, a giclée print on canvas, watercolor or other substrates will make photos and paintings jump out with deep blacks, saturation and gradations hard to achieve with other media.  What makes a great giclee?

Giclee acceptance in the art world

Giclee prints are bought and sold in auctions worldwide. The concept is not new: artists made etchings on copper (plates) and would make limited editions on paper centuries ago. We have a page with a brief art printing history which explains the evolution of fine art reproduction technology. A discussion on giclee misconceptions sheds some light on statements we found on the web. The medium has changed but the idea remains the same. Some artists never even sell their originals: they only market limited editions. Others enhance the print with brush strokes, giving each piece a unique feel. Artists such as David Hockney were pioneers in making and marketing the medium.
If you are a painter or an artist's agent and seaarching for a commercial giclee printer a Google search for "giclee" wil list professional outfits. If you are a photographer please see "Printing for commercial and fine art photography". In addition, if you are a digital artist or manipulate your images, see the article regarding previewing your images on screen for potential reproduction issues. If you have any questions or suggestions, e-mail me with any questions regarding what I covered in these pages.

Technical notes

I included an article on correcting color by numbers for people who want to manipulate their own images and do it in a way that will lead to consistent results. Doing so, especially for photographers and digital artists, greatly reduces problems that are sometimes encountered when making high quality prints.
Pigment based professional inkjet imaging offers a range of colors superior to anything available, mostly due to the use of special inks and 6, 7 and up to 12 colors. In comparison, traditional printing utilizes 4 colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The use of this expanded range of colors is the main reason why giclee is the only method that can render accurate tonality and can better approach the contrast and brilliance of originals. Also, there is no use of half-screen like in traditional reproduction systems. On a final note, please take a look at inkjet canvas choices and giclee coating options.

Giclee does not mean reproduction

For some reason some so called experts confuse the term giclee with reproduction. Giclee is one method of printing. It can be used to reproduce original art work into prints but it can also be used to print originals. One could ask how this is possible. Well, think computer art and digital photography! Anyone who creates art through a computer or using a digital camera is making an original image, Unless the image is kept stored on a hard drive or a flash drive, it will need to be printed. Giclee offers the ideal method of printing something archival and on art substrates. If only one piece is printed, that is an original and not a reproduction. The wolrd is changing, folks. Only a stuffy, old guard art critic can dispute this. As I mentioned on another section of the site, there was a day in the past not too long ago that color photography wasn't considered art. Some color photographs from artists such as Harry Callahan or Annie Liebovitz demand tens of thousands of dollars at auctions and galleries. There are many giclee printing companies that offer printing services with not set up fees when the customer provides digital files, such as our sister site You can visit our giclee printing services and judge if we are a fit. Considering there is demand for all kinds of quality, from museum high end fine art prints to decor, every company out there tries to target an audience. We prefer to stay on the high end with all american and european made materials. For just a few dollars more you can produce the best prints available without sacrificing color or archival properties, not to mention consistency. We have one 15 year old print made on watercolor paper that was never framed and it gets hit by direct sunlight at least 3 hours a day. We reprinted the same not too long ago and there is virtually no difference. This is what we and you want. Repeatable, consistent, high quality results. I hope we can help both with information as well to fullfill your needs for permanent results.