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Whether you are an amateur photographer or a seasoned professional, you know that your work shines the best once it is printed. Your best work deserves to be on a wall – not just tucked away on a hard drive. However, choosing how to print your images isn’t always so simple. After all, there are many options for printing your work. As you work through your printing and mounting options, you probably have come across giclee prints and art prints, but what is the difference between those two?

What is a Giclee Print?

To print a giclee print, a 12 colour inkjet printer squirts special pigments (not dyes) onto archival quality material – 100% cotton paper, linen rag, or canvas. Because of the pigments and quality print medium, giclee prints demonstrate longevity with fade-resistant colours.

What is the benefit of giclee prints? The beauty of a giclee print is that each reproduction is as true to the original as possible, and a lot of that has to do with the 12 colours of the printer. Printers with 12 colours are better suited to accurately recreating the original look of the image. This is especially important if you are planning on selling your artwork or entering it into competitions. As a bonus, an artist is no longer limited to selling just the original; s/he can sell as many copies as desired. As such, giclee prints are suitable for both printing of digital photographs as well as creating copies of original art.

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