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hat Is A Giclee Print?


Giclee is a French word meaning, "a spraying of pigments" (pronounced "zhee-clay"). With the advent of giclee, the art of reproducing fine art works has become even more precise. Each piece of archival paper is carefully hand mounted onto a drum, which rotates during printing.

Exact calculations of hue, value and density are acheived by directing over four million droplets of pigment through sixty-four printer nozzles. This produces a combination of 512 chromatic changes with over three million color possibilities.

 Giclees have the highest apparent resolution today-as high as 1,800 dpi-4000 dpi and because a variable dot size is used to create the density of color on the print, instead of equally sized dots which can only acheive an effect of 600-1000 dpi. In addition, since no screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs a color range that exceeds that of serigraphy.

Displaying the full color spectrum, giclee prints capture every nuance of an original and have gained worldwide acceptance from artists and the finest galleries.

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