What is a Giclee’

Giclee is the first and only fine art print to be made with an ink jet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an ink jet printer does.

The quality of a giclee print is far superior to all other forms of printing. In fact, when done correctly, it’s the closest an artist can get to matching their original 2-D artwork. For art lovers who want to collect fine art, giclee reproductions are a popular alternative to originals.

Before the internet, it was common to decorate the walls of your home with original artwork. There really was no other way to decorate your house if you wanted art on your walls.

That is not the case any more!

Smart phones, devices, and home printers along with the internet has given everyone the ability to print any image imaginable. This type of printing is called digital printing. Digital printing uses vegetable dye inks. Digital printing is convenient, but unfortunately, it’s not designed to last. The qualities of the materials used to make these prints are not archival. Noticeable damage occurs to digital prints from the sun and the humidity.

It’s easy to waste a lot of money on art prints that won’t last, which is why it’s so important to make sure the fine art you purchase is made from archival materials, especially if you are collecting art from a professional artist.

In order to create a giclee print, four major criteria must be met during the printing process:

Resolution- The original piece of art should be professionally scanned or photographed at 300 dpi or higher resolution.

Ink- The ink must be pigmented, like paint is (not dye). There also needs to be 8 or more different colored pigmented inks used in the printer.

Paper- The paper must be 100% archival. Archival means they are made to last 100+ years. With that said there are a wide variety of materials available for giclee printing (as long as it’s archival) such as: canvas, gloss paper, mat paper, velvet paper, watercolor textured paper, and specialty artisan paper.

Printer- The printer itself must be a wide format ink jet printer. (This is not your everyday household office printer)

All the Giclee’s made at Phil Fake Studio are created with top quality pigment inks and archival paper or canvas. Each piece is individually created, carefully inspected for quality and color, then signed by the artist.