What is a Giclée?

Giclée Reproduction

The Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) process is the art of accurately reproducing an original piece of artwork. Typically the Giclée process is used to produce limited edition prints of higher quality and value than standard lithography. To qualify as a Giclée reproduction the process must meet three basic criteria. First, the image must be digitally captured and processed. This ability allows the image to be fine tuned to closely match the original in color and depth. After processing, the image is then sent to the Giclée quality inkjet printer. Second, Giclée means to spray on ink, so it must be printed on a high-resolution inkjet printer to create an image as precise as the original. Third, and most important for fine art, is image longevity and permanence to last throughout the ages. It is important that your fine art reproduction maintains it’s value. To achieve this, archival ink and media are used in production of your artwork print. With the proper media and inks, the reproduction can last from 100-200 years without noticeable fading or image depreciation. Although special materials and technology are used to create this limited edition artwork, it should be treated as if it were an original piece and care given to the environment in which it’s to be displayed. Much time and teamwork between the original artist and the reproduction specialist have gone into producing this artwork for your lasting enjoyment, appreciation and investment.