What is Giclee printing?

You will have seen the term "Giclee printing" throughout our website and may be wondering what it means. Put simply it means your print will look amazing and stay true to colour for a long time to come. Your print will be on very high quality paper that will not discolour or degrade with age. Below is a fuller technical description of what Giclee is, how it works and why we use it.

Giclee printing is a term used to describe a fine art digital printing process. This process combnes pigment based inks with high quality archival grade paper.

The word Giclee (pronounced zhee-clay) originates from France and means 'a spray or a squirt of liquid'.

Get superior quality with Giclee printing

Our Giclee quality printers are very different from the usual desktop inkjets you may have at home. Giclee quality printers use between 7 and 9 ink tanks to provide a broad spectrum of colour. The prints we produce are sharp, detailed and vibrant so so they really stand out and catch the eye.

We use Epson UltraChrome HD inks which are pigment based, lightfast and accurately reproduce colour. These next-generation inks deliver higher density levels of pigment therefore producing outstanding detail and deep, strong colours. By using 3-level black ink technology we achieve a better grey balance resulting in impressive mid-tones.

At Moment in Art we combine Giclee printing with Epson acid-free archival quality paper. Our heavy weight 189gsm paper stock will not discolour or yellow with age. We choose archival quality paper because it keeps your prints  true to colour for years to come if you display them correctly.

For more information on how to care for your print, please read our care guidelines.

Giclee printing
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