Giclee Prints / Canvas Prints what are they?

At Blue Horizon Prints I am sometimes asked what exactly a giclee print is, and whether it is different to a Canvas print, the answer is that they are the same thing however to well and trucly clear up the matter, here are the facts!

First of all, thanks to here is the ‘official description’….

‘In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Giclee (pronounced Geeclay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger.’

2nd canvas webA canvas print is also not printed on a ‘normal’ ink jet printer, we use a wide-format Epson  printer especially designed for creating giclee canvas prints, another very important point to make is that a true giclee print needs to be printed using pigment inks, these pigment inks display far clearer colour than solvent, flat-bed or dye sub ink/printer combinations and are very UV resistant meaning that the canvas prints we create keep them strong, vibrant colours for up to 75 years!

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The alternative printers that are sometimes used by sign printers and some of the other canvas printers (especially the chain stores) are not suited to canvas prints. The colours are not designed for artwork and will usually fade quickly and will never hold there colour like a pigment ink.

Large retailers and  national photo printing companies etc do not use pigment ink printers and sometimes the canvas prints are printed in China on massive flat-bed printers on an unknown and often undisclosed canvas type. When you hold one of these in your hand at the same time as one of our canvases you will be amazed that anyone even buys the cheap, poor quality canvases sometimes sold by our competitors and rolled out as ‘canvas art’.

Ask your canvas print provider if the inks used are pigment inks as these be the only inks used  for fine art and photographic work. They are extremely well-suited to canvas printing due to their broad colour gamut and lack of odour. The broader the colour gamut, the more colours and the more accurate the colours.

Hopefully this cleared up some questions relating to Giclee Canvas prints!

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