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What is Giclee vs Original?

Fine art is defined as:

creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic or intellectual content according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A Digital Fine Art print is defined by meeting the same standards as any other fine art medium, and it is produced using archival quality surfaces and inks. It is designed to last a life time.

Archival inks and papers are museum-quality materials which are designed for longevity and beauty. Papers are acid-free, preventing yellowing and distortion of colour. Archival inks are less likely to fade.

Digital art and photographic art are not reproductions!

A print of an oil painting is trying to create an exact replica of the original painting. It is copying something already in existence. A digital print is an original; it reflects that moment in time when it was created through the printing process.

Once the digital image is printed; it is an original. Each printing of an image file creates a unique print that often reflects the artist’s attempt to improve or vary the feeling or message of the image. The colours, saturation, size, paper, ink, and cropping may all be changed as the image is used to create prints. Many digital artists print their own work to control the creative process right through to the finished product.

The process of laying the ink down on the paper is the moment that the image comes alive as a piece of art.

‘What is a Giclee Print?

Giclee (pronounced “jhee-clay”) is a French word meaning “spurting ink”.  A giclee is a high resolution inkjet print.

Giclee is considered the world’s best technique for reproducing original works of art. Giclee prints look and feel like original art.

A giclee is often produced on canvas or a high quality rag paper like watercolour paper with an archival ink. Giclee art is very stable, and resistant to fading and colour shifts. Estimates of longevity for giclee prints are usually around 100 years with proper care

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