Giclée is a French word meaning “spray or spreading.” In this case refers to the way in which the ink is deposited on the surface of paper, cloth or other carrier of choice for the artist. A print is a work of art reproduced by digital inkjet technology through specialized machinery producing high resolution results similar to the original. Still, we can not consider all inkjet digital prints as giclées.
This technology, which deposits tiny droplets of variable size, controlled with extreme precision on the support, provides outstanding results, with the same characteristics of a continuous tone image. Our printers produce images with a (perceived) apparent resolution of 2800 dpi. This means that a printing system that uses a fixed frame, would need 2800 points for every linear inch print. At present, no other printing system can produce images with the resolution.
Giclées have been extensively analyzed by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., a leading authority on the study and preservation of fineart prints, photographs and film emulsions.
Analyses conducted by Wilhelm show that the life of a giclée print depends on the interaction of different variables: the inks used for printing, the paper in which we print on and the conditions of exposure to several factors as light and air.
The standard conditions under which the analysis were performed, equivalent to 450 lux for 12 hours a day. This amount of light is considered the normal average of a home or office. Under these conditions, a giclée printed with UltraChrome inks, on Hanehmühle PhotoRag paper and exposed under UV plexiglass, has durability superior to 100 years before any change in the color balance is significant.
We have not yet found anyone who is not satisfied with the color fidelity of our giclées. GraficArtPrints provides a test print, free of charge, for the artist to check if any corrections need to be made before final printing. Is there any better proof that a real paper print test?
Giclee printing, although based on CMYK inks, works on RGB color space. The range and saturation that pigments provide, is very much superior to the traditional CMYK printing. Out of gamut or not printable colors, ARE by definition NOT PRINTABLE and therefore no correction can be applied after softproofed on screen.
ICC profiles that are used at GraficArtPrints are from our own production, periodically renewed and for exclusive use to produce exquisite giclée prints on our facilities.
We believe that softproofing, has a little point in giclee printing and may create confusion among GraficArtPrints and their customers.
Softproofing in Lightroom shows almost no diference on these vivid colors.