Product & Production

A very short anatomy of a giclee. A giclee begins with a digital file. For a digital artist this is the native format of their art. For a photographer this may be a file from their digital camera or a digital file created from their traditional photographic original. For traditional artists the original flat art is photographed using a commercial digital capture device.

Once a file has been created, the artwork is adjusted using an electronically colour-balanced monitor and then proofed using the same printer, ink and paper as the final print. This ensures the proof is a genuine example of the final giclee print showing any final adjustments that may be required before the printing process begins. The giclee printer is a large-format inkjet printer chosen for its exceptional fine dot and consistency. The factory inks are replaced with inks specifically designed for fine art applications. Rigorous tests are performed to achieve the ideal ink limits for each of the printing materials.

Making a giclee is a carefully calibrated process that requires the utmost attention to detail. Like the image it captures, making a giclee is an art form in itself.