A Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay) is a reproduction in which a digital file of an original painting or engraving is printed by a special ink jet printer that sprays ink directly on to the substrate. (The word Giclée literally means "to spray" in French.) These prints can very closely match the original piece of art because of the millions of possible hues of inks.
Our Giclée production process reflects the long-standing European tradition of rendering one image at a time. The first step in creating a museum quality edition involves capturing the image using state-of-the-art, high resolution, digital scanning equipment. Either an original or a transparency can be scanned, and a sophisticated color management system allows us to utilize an extremely broad color palette.
While the process has a digital aspect, the skill of the craftsmen who define and proof the color is of utmost importance. Proofing a scan is an essential part of the process in creating an exquisite Giclée reproduction.
The essence of a scanned image cannot be properly evaluated until it is printed, but our reproductions are printed on premium cotton canvas of superior quality.
Our printer produces an apparent resolution of 1800 dots per inch, while spraying over one million droplets per second onto the chosen substrate. There are no screens used in this method of reproduction; therefore there is a smoother look to the final print. The precision of the printing, along with the depth of color range, captures the subtleties and nuances of the original image, whether it was created from watercolors, oils, or acrylic.
At every stage of the Giclée production process, we employ the most exacting standards possible. This assures that the reproduction is of the highest quality and nearly indistinguishable from the original.
How Permanent is the Image?
We use only the finest HP Vivera inks. When printed on premium canvas, they are guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years, as tested by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc..
In addition, all of our canvas graphics are 100% waterproof! They are also easily cleaned, making them extremely versatile decorating choices. Our Giclées are not fragile, so you can display them comfortably in any number of locations including Kitchens and Bathrooms.
Do You Offer Framing? Click here to download our flier
Yes! Our genuine rattan frames are superbly custom hand-crafted to our exacting standards and specifications, and they complete the Hawaiian look by bringing that quintessential tropical touch to every one of our images. Premium canvas can be framed exactly as one would display an oil painting (without glass).