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Fine Art Giclee Print

A fine art giclee print is a very accurate, long-lasting digitial fine art reproduction that applies millions of pigment ink particles in a fine spray onto paper or canvas. (The word “giclee” means “to squirt”.) This means that although the giclee print is created from a high resolution digital image of the original artwork there is no perceivable pixellation on the print.

From an artist’s point of view there are several advantages to giclee printing. Firstly, the cost of printing is relatively cheap and you don’t need to print out a run of several copies of the same image (i.e. there is no minimum order). If you like, you can just print one copy, check the quality, and go on to print more as and when you like. This could mean printing several hundred if demand for your picture takes off. Alternatively you could choose to print only very few, sign and number each one, and sell them as ‘limited edition prints’. Secondly the process is simple, you just need a digital camera (10 mega pixels or more is best) to photograph your art work. If you’re computer savvy then you just upload this image to the computer and crop the image to suit. ('Paint dot net' is an excellent image manipulation program that is available free at the website 'Filehippo dot com') If you don’t like using the computer then there are printing companies that will optimise your image for you. Finally, once you have your print you can then paint over parts of it if you like to produce a “hand-embellished giclee print”. This means that your customers can buy a truly unique product at a fraction of the cost of an original painting.

From a customer’s standpoint fine art giclee provides you with an image that should last 75 – 100 years without fading, can be provided on a range of papers or canvases at a size to suit you. The fact that giclee prints are affordable also means that you can change the look of a room in your house by simply buying 3 or 4 prints by your favourite artists.

A good places to buy fine art giclee prints and / or exhibit them if you're an artist is Easyart which provides a wide range of quality products and allow artists to upload their images and use their print on demand services. This means that artists can make their work visible to a wider audience. In the event of a print selling the artist receives a royalty payment and the customer has a piece of artwork that 20 years ago they might not have even been able to discover.


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