What is Giclée Printing?

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Giclée printing is a printing process that uses archival inks and archival materials to reproduce artwork on wide format printers. These inks are fade-resistant and the paper is acid free. This ensures that prints won’t fade even when stored for up to 200 years.

Giclée Printing

Giclée printing is regularly used by fine artists, illustrators and photographers to make reproductions of their original painted/drawn artwork, photographs or computer-generated art for resale while keeping the original.

The term Giclée printing is based on the French word “le gicleur” which means “nozzle”, or more accurately “gicler” meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”.

Our Canon Pro 4000s is such a printer. With 8 ink cartridges, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow, Photo Black, Matte Black and Light Grey, it ensures immaculate mid-tones and contrasts. Although the inks are archival, meaning it wont fade, it is still pigment-based, meaning it is water based. So it is not water-resistent. One cannot for example print labels for bottles with this technique as they will surely come-off. For such printing we’d use Solvent inks.

People also refers to Giclée printing as “art printing”.

Acid-free paper is paper that if infused in water yields a neutral or basicpH (7 or slightly greater). It can be made from any cellulose fiber as long as the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing. It is also lignin- and sulfur-free.] Acid-free paper addresses the problem of preserving documents and artwork for long periods.


At the Ink Fish Print Studio we specialise in the highest quality Giclée printing in the industry and works with a great number of artists and photographers to create gallery-quality prints of their artworks.

Check out Art Printing for more information.

View Pampiri & Kie, our in-house gift shop, for products printed with this printer.

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