What are giclée prints?
This is a type of inkjet printing meant to produce a product at a higher quality with a longer lifespan than a standard desktop inkjet printer.
Three basic criteria
- The print needs to be 300 dots per inch to insure the sharpest detail
- The paper used must be of archival quality and acid free. Professional series papers are more expensive than plain white copy paper. Epson papers are among the finest papers to use. If you are buying a giclee print confirm the type of paper it is printed on.
- A giclee print is printed on a large format printer using pigment based inks. Pigment based inks have a longer lifespan, can last from 100 to 200 years without significant fading
The advantage to artists producing their work as a giclee print is that is can be created ‘on demand’. Only printing one print at a time.
They are more expensive to produce, and more expensive to buy.
- Ink is more expensive, a new set of inks cost $140.00 for my Epson Artisan 1430.
- The printer is more expensive, $350 instead of $89. (still a good deal but I use it only for prints and use my hp for other needs)
- The paper is much more expensive.
I have the Epson Artisan 1430 and can print up to 13′ x 19′ prints and I use Epson inks and Epson art papers
This Information is taken from an article at Creative Blog Art and Design inspiration. creativeblog.com