A giclée (zhee-CLAY) is an individually produced, high-resolution and high-fidelity technical reproduction done on a special large format printer. All of our giclées are produced from digital scans of existing artwork.
Giclées can be printed on any number of media including canvas and watercolor paper. Giclées are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually ‘continuous tone’, rather than tiny dots. The range, or “gamut” of color for giclées is far beyond that of lithography rendering details more crisp.
Our limited edition giclée canvas prints are printed on Breathing Colors’ “Lyve” premium matte canvas. The canvas is 450 gsm weight, certified archival and have no optical brighteners ensuring color accuracy under a greater variety of lighting conditions. The canvas is printed on Canon’s Ipf9400 with an incredibly large color spectrum produced by the 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set which received a permanence rating of at least 95 years for color prints and 200 years for black-and-white prints. This significant longevity is possible because pigment-based inks, which are made from finely ground powders suspended in liquid, are not water soluble, dry quicker, and bind with the surface to make them more resistant to fading and UV damage. 12 colors are used in the printing process, rather than the traditional 6 or 8, providing a wider and more accurate range of color and blacks & whites in the final print. Pigment-based inks have a greater scratch resistance and color stability than their predecessors, making them ideal for archival printing and preservation. In the final process, the canvas is hand varnished with a tough acrylic polymer offering U.V. and abrasion protection.