Art Printing

"Sheep in Sh** Wellies" giclee print by Susi Whittaker The word 'giclée' is actually an invented name for the process of creating fine art prints digitally using an inkjet printer although it does have its roots in the French for ink droplet.
Although this section talks about fine art, photographs print equally well on fine art papeers, in fact, some photographers prefer their photographs to be produced that way.

Giclee Printing Versus Traditional Printing

"Storm Warning" giclee print by John Orr Until giclee printing came along, the majority of artists (unless they were producing art prints which is a completely different subject) could only dream of producing prints of their work.

The problem was totally one of cost.

To set up a traditional print would cost hundreds of pounds and a large number of prints had to be produced in one go to make the process economic. Of course, the prints produced were a relatively low unit cost however sometimes many hundreds had to be printed which if they didn't sell...

Giclee printing is the opposite. The setup costs are very low (typically less than £30) however the print costs (compared to the unit cost of a litho print) are higher.

The major benefit for artists is that they do not have to lay out large sums of money in advance then hope to sell prints, instead, they can lay out a small amount then call off prints a few at a time as they are required.

How a Giclee Print Is Made

Paper and Ink Qualities

Paper and Canvas Types