Giclee Printing

If you work with graphics or print, you may have come across Giclee printing. Giclee printing can produce much higher quality inkjet prints and has often gone under the radar. In this article, we’ll help explain what defines a Giclee print and some handy uses it can provide.

What Is Giclee Printing?

One of the first things to learn about Giclee printing is that it derives from a French word known as ‘la giclée’. This means ‘to spray’. Immediately, this gives you an idea of the process behind Giclee printing and it’s link to inkjet. Whilst Giclee involves inkjet, not all designers will create prints using this process. This means that Giclee is quite a unique printing technique. Giclee printing is often used to produce a higher quality print that lasts much longer than normal. To create a Giclee print, you can use a design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.



What Defines A Giclee Print?

Giclee prints are often seen as only being higher quality inkjet prints, but that’s not the case. Instead, there are three different ways to identify and produce a Giclee print. You should associate these with three different specifications. These include a document’s resolution, the paper and ink you use and the correct type of printer. When using software to create a Giclee print, you will need to adjust it to suit a 300dpi (dots per inch) resolution. If you want to recreate a photo or some artwork, then you will need to set the camera you use to 300dpi also.

The paper used is also of paramount importance when attempting to create a Giclee print. You should look for a specific quality standard when using paper to produce your print. The standard that best supports Giclee prints is archival quality. Most professional photo paper contains this and will display it on packaging. The Find My Supplies website features HP paper that suits Giclee printing and paper that you can print high quality photos onto too.

Finally, you’ll need to consider Giclee prints use pigment based ink rather than dye based ones. This is due to the way that the print will transfer over to the paper and create longer lasting properties. A pigment-based ink is important and choosing a printer that supports one is crucial too. Find My Supplies offer a wide range of HP printers that will help you create Giclee prints and other high resolution images. The more inks you use when printing means the more detailed the colour range on your print will be. When produced, Giclee prints can last up to 100 years or more if stored properly and cared for.

Sam Rose