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Giclee art prints - high quality and affordable fine art prints.

Multiples of the same image may be customised in a limited edition - eg to commemorate a special occasion for a corporate event or as mementos for the incentive travel market etc.

If high quality inks are used, if the scan is saved at a high resolution and if the printer is skilled and experienced, a durable and high integrity artwork results.

Giclee art prints can be a high quality and reasonably priced solution to small editioned reproductions of original artwork. For some artists, giclee 'paintings' are the original artwork, sometimes digitally composed or using various media (paint, collage, photographs) to achieve the end result.

In this case, we are dealing with a new product in the development of art practice - a digital print, which has a limited, numbered edition as would an original print edition and so the giclee definition, above, needs qualifying a little.

This new digital product is a legitimate artwork, as compared to a reproduction or copy and has been developed specifically for this form.

However, not all digital reproductions are the original artwork or end result. Likewise, not all are of a high quality. If they are scanned at a low resolution, are printed with cheap inks on inferior paper or canvas and then finished with poor quality varnish, the result will be inexpensive - but that's all!

Cautions when buying giclee art prints

However, please realise that the layer of ink applied during the making of fine art prints is very thin (compared with actual oil, acrylic etc paint). So make sure that the surface of the artwork is protected by a high quality giclee coating or varnish.

Reasonable care needs to be taken, for example with transport and storage, to ensure that the artwork is not abraded and that the protective coating or even the ink itself is not worn off by friction.

 

Advantages of giclee prints

1. They are relatively inexpensive.

2. Do giclee prints last? High quality inks, canvas and varnish used in these canvas giclee art prints ensure that they will last for many decades.

However, because the giclee printing process has only been developed for about twenty years there is no way of knowing for certain how long they may last. The highest quality inks, substrate and varnish have been used on works promoted on this site.

3. Various sizes may be printed for specific requirements and locations. So it's really 'giclee prints on demand'! One print, a dozen or several hundred may be printed, unlike the offset printing process, which requires high numbers of prints in order to be economical.

4. Editions may be limited to small numbers or a larger, unlimited, volume.

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