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To understand the art of giclee, one must know the giclee definion.  Giclee printing techniques were born in the late part of the twentieth century. Initially used by Iris printers to create proofs for magazine publications. The giclee prints would be a way for the management to get an accurate idea of what the finished product would finally look like. To ensure that they got the closest possible recreation of the original, the company experimented with various techniques. Originally these prints would fade quickly. However, with an improvement in techniques, new giclee prints have been seen to successfully endure the test of time.

Gradually, the printing techniques were perfected and giclee printers became synonymous with the creation of fine art. Consequently,  fine art giclee printers gained such a reputation for the excellent product they were capable of creating that the term ‘giclee’ became associated with superior quality and the demand for artist quality giclee printers grew rapidly. One of the reasons why giclee printers enhanced the quality of prints was that giclee printers had and have many cartridges of printing colors. This facilitates the use of color variations and hence these printers are capable of catering for a wider variety of color, in an enhanced method of the familiar CMYK process.
Affordable fine art giclee prints can be created on various printers these days. This is because all major companies like Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Kodak and Color Span employ giclee printing supply and hence produce superior quality prints.

For artists, these printers are not for the purpose of wholesale giclee printing. In fact, artists prefer to create limited editions of their artwork. This is important to add value to their product as well. However, it is more economical to create giclee prints in bulk as the cost per print is thereby reduced. This fact may not generate much concern for an artist because he or she can opt to produce giclee print on demand and hence does not have to bear the cost of production at all.

The cost of the print and its unique quality is borne by the person who purchases the art work and art lovers would actually prefer to pay more for a rare work of art, even if the art work is a print.
demand, "Giclée" can be an economical alternative when producing limited print editions. Giclée style printing has the added advantage of allowing the artist to control every aspect of the image, its color, the substrate printed on, and even allows the artist to own and operate the printer itself. Because of this, Giclée style prints can technically be called “prints”, i.e. an image where the artist has a hand in actual production.

Giclee fine art printing may employ different techniques like the technique called ‘aquatint’. This technique was popular with Spanish Artist Goya and many Goya graphic designs were created using the aquatint technique in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. On the other hand, Japanese artists have demonstrated their preference for the blind technique of giclee printing.

Author ~ Anjana Vaswani


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