Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Truth about Giclee Prints

A Giclee print is nothing more than a print done on a ink jet printer probably like the one you have beside your computer at home. The only difference is that it might be capable of printing larger images, most of the time superior paper is used and six or seven inks are used instead of four. Other than that, when a gallery pumps you up about a Giclee print, it's mostly hype to make you think your getting something that is beyond what most others are incapable of doing. It's an ink jet print plain and simple.
In defence of most Giclee prints, they are very color fast. I've done tests and the inks are almost non fading over a years worth of sunlight which is quite incredible. I use an Epson printer that can print images 24 inches wide and however long the paper is. The quality can't be beat. Just don't let a gallery owner lead you to believe there is some magic in the term Giclee. It's a French word that means spray which is what an ink jet printer is.

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