What is Giclée printing?

Giclée (pronounced gee-clay) is reproducing fine art on commercial sized printers, with archival properties.

Currently the best software for making a Giclée print are EFI u0026amp; GMG.
It is widely recognised that Epson large format printers are best for accurate colour reproduction and archival ink.

These few factors determine a Giclée print :

  1. High resolution original image (300dpi at least, to scale of print)
  2. The quality of scanning done on the original art (if non-digital)
  3. Ink used (Pigment archival ink)
  4. Archival paper
  5. Printer Type

Some people have the misconception that solvent inkjet printers or regular large format printers are cheaper and can be used to print quality Giclée.
Solvent inkjet printers are durable, waterproof, etc. However, the level of detail is far from that of a specialised aqueous inkjet printer.
Regular inkjet printers are not equipped with archival ink, therefore naturally they are not suitable for Giclée prints either.

How does our Epson printer measure up to competitors ?

  1. It is able to print with 10 different colours.
  2. There are a total of 8000 micro print-heads in this printer, with the smallest possible droplet size being 3.5 pico-litres
  3. Accurate colour output, wide output gamut. This is especially obvious in prints with multiple different layers of shades / tones
  4. Above reasons result in beautiful prints with ultra-fine detail and vivid, lively colours.
  5. We use 100% authentic Epson UltraChrome Pro pigment ink – clinically tested to have print permanence rating (see Wihelm Research for details) of up to 200 years for coloured prints, and up to 400 years for black u0026amp; white prints – if kept under recommended environmental conditions.
  6. As you can see, all above points to Epson being the ideal printer for Giclée prints.
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