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What is Giclee Printing?

Originating from the French verb gicler, which translates to to squirt or to spray, Giclee (pronounced zhee-clay) printing is a renowned digital art reproduction method. Giclee printing uses an inkjet printer and special pigmented inks for creating artwork, photographs, and other visual pieces with high accuracy and vivid colors.

Renowned for their color accuracy, detail, and longevity, Giclee Prints far surpass traditional printing methods both in outcomes and popularity among art collectors, galleries, and museums.

Why Opt for Giclee Printing

In the past, an artist could sell a piece of art only once. But with the advent of reproduction methods like Giclee printing, artists can now reach a broader audience by offering high-quality replicas of their work at affordable prices. Thus, enabling artists to gain more exposure and sales.

The Origin of Giclee Printing

Nash Editions began promoting fine art digital inkjet printing in the early 1990s. A Nash Edition employee, Jack Duggan, coined the term Giclee to distinguish between traditional prints and these new much higher quality prints. The term Giclee quickly came to be the adopted to describe fine art digital prints in general.

Giclee and the Evolution of Fine Art Printing

The Iris 3047 Printer, introduced in 1985, marked the beginning of the evolution of Giclee printing. However, its use for fine art printing didn't fully materialize until Graham Nash, from the rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash, used the Iris 3047 to print digital scans of his photographic work.

This development ushered in a new era of fine art printing, providing photographers with higher-quality print options to showcase their photos.

Modern Giclee Printing - Advancements and Dominant Players

Inkjet Giclee printing has seen significant advancements in recent decades. Modern printer models can now use up to twelve color ink-sets that offer a print permanence of over 200 years. Three main players dominate in this space including Epson, HP, and Canon, with Epson being the industry leader.

Giclee Prints Offer Exceptional Color Quality and Longevity

When it comes to reproducing your art or photography, the Giclee printing method stands out for its unparalleled quality and flexibility.

One of the most striking features of Giclee printing is its incredible color accuracy. Thanks to the use of Epson’s UltraChrome PRO12 12 color, archival pigment ink sets, your prints will cover up to an astounding 99% of the PANTONE color spectrum.

But the benefits aren't just aesthetic. According to studies by Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc., a leading authority on print longevity, your color prints will last up to 200 years, and black-and-white prints up to 400 years, if properly cared for.

Giclee Prints Use High Quality Media Options 

The quality of the paper or canvas media you choose to for your prints highly impacts their aesthetic traits and quality. At The Stackhouse Printery, we offer an a a large selection of the best quality fine art media, photography-specific papers, and canvas, enabling you to find the medium that best enhances your work.

Learn more > Handling and Caring for your Fine Art Prints.

Streamlined Sales and Fulfillment

Giclee prints can be printed on demand thus offering artists flexibility and unparalleled convenience. Minimal setup costs and quick turnarounds make Giclee prints an ideal choice for artists interested in selling limited editions or one-off prints.

The Stackhouse Printery's drop-shipping and order fulfillment services make it easier than ever to get your art into the hands of buyers without the hassle of handling logistics yourself.

Giclee Prints

Fine Art Prints

Uncover your artistic brilliance with our Giclee Fine Art Prints. Meticulous detail and superior vibrancy will capture your artwork’s richness. We use archival inks and fine art paper, to flawlessly replicate your images, making our Giclee Fine Art Prints perfect for artists seeking gallery-quality reproductions.

Photo Prints

Preserve your precious memories and turn fleeting moments into lasting impressions with our high-quality, Giclee Photo Prints. We use advanced technology, archival inks, and pro-grade photographic paper, to bring your memories to life with remarkable clarity and vivid colors.

Canvas Prints

Gallery Wraps

Enhance your decor or build your art business with our Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Your image will be wrapped around a robust frame, delivering a ready to hang, museum-like finish. Our Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints bring a professional aesthetic to any space, regardless of your decor style.

Canvas Prints

Our Loose Canvas Prints offer you the versatility you crave for framing and displaying your artwork. Printed with archival inks on high-quality canvas, these prints can be framed, stretched, or displayed as is. You can customize your finish with different border options for a truly personalized piece of art.

Mounted Prints

Rigid Mounted Prints

Elevate your art with our Mounted Prints, where every detail matters. Our mounting process enhances durability, ensures longevity, and prepares your prints for display with elegance. Choose from a variety of substrates for a finish that complements your space. Perfect for galleries, gifts, and personal collections.

Packaged Prints

Clear Bagged Prints

Opt for elegance and protection with our Clear Bagged Prints. Each print is individually encased in a transparent, protective bag, showcasing the beauty of your artwork while safeguarding it from dust, moisture, and handling. Ideal for artists and photographers looking to present their work professionally or for those seeking a ready-to-sell or gift solution.

Retail Ready Prints

Enhance your artwork with our Retail Ready Prints. Each print is packed with a backing board for added rigidity, then slipped into a crystal-clear protective bag. This ensures your artwork remains pristine and protected from environmental factors, and also provides a professional, ready-to-display solution. Ideal for anyone looking for a sale-ready presentation.

Matting Package Prints

Discover the refined elegance of our Matting Package Prints, designed for those who seek a touch of sophistication in their presentation. Each print, produced on our premium fine art or photo papers, is meticulously matted with precision-cut, white-core matboard and backed for added rigidity. Encased in a clear sleeve for protection, these prints are display-ready, ideal for artists, galleries, and thoughtful gifting.