About Prints (Giclee Printing)

The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) – The French word “giclιe” is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”.

The Term : The term  “giclee print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.

The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

The Market : Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.)

Added Value : Many artists and photographers create editions, both open and limited, to add value and increase the exposure of their work.

Numbering : Limited edition counts for giclee prints typically run between 25 and 250 with 5 or less artist proofs (or APs)

Editions : The count of an edition tends to affect the pricing of the prints. And in general, the lower the count, the greater the perceived value. Prices are often graduated so that as the edition sells out, the price increases. Prints are usually priced at less than half of the of the original artwork for artists and half the price of the original photographic print for photographers.

Single Prints : Giclee prints are not lithographs or offset prints. They are high quality archivable prints that will last for years under normal gallery conditions.

Certificates of Authenticity : A certificate, hand embossed with the Giclιe Print Net seal of approval, authenticates your print. This can be a great marketing tool for artist, as it assures buyers that they are purchasing a limited edition, high quality giclιe print. The certificate contains information on the artist, the original work of art, and the print itself.

Internet Solution : Your art can be displayed and sold in Giclιe Print Net’s E-gallery. It is a valuable solution and tool to give your work presence and accessibility. We feel that traditional avenues of marketing are still the best – gallery representation and art shows. However, our E-gallery is an excellent compliment to these methods and is a great way for you to supply your work to your clients easily.

Display & Sell : Displaying your work in our E-gallery provides a convenient portfolio for your clients to reference.  Furthermore, when you join the Giclιe Print Net Gallery you will receive high quality printmaking expertise, collective marketing, internet exposure, and total sales management.

Artist Details : Send your image transparencies, original artwork, or digital files to Giclιe Print Net. If your work is accepted, you will need to send an artist bio and/or statement and the URL of your web page if you have one

Image Details : For each gallery image you will need to send the following information to us.


» Title of the Work

» Short Description of the Work

» Printed Image Size

» Printed Medium

» Price of Print

» Signed or Unsigned

» Edition Count or Open Edition

» Category for your Work