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What is Giclée

Giclée printing and What It Means

Giclée (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. Giclée prints can be a little over a meter wide and are printed on high quality archival papers. Giclée is the best way to produce archival reproductions of fine art pieces.

Do Giclée printers use ordinary printers inks?

No. Solasta Studios Giclée‘s are reproduced using only brand name, special light-fast inks. These inks are archival certified and if treated properly, will last a lifetime. The way the image is scanned is different also. Our originals are scanned directly using a State-of-the-Art CRUSE flatbed Scanner providing the most detailed reproductions in the world.

What kind of printing paper or canvas is used for Giclée prints?

Solasta Studios Giclée‘s are printed on both Archival Paper and Canvas.

Archival Paper:  Hahnemühle - Photo Rag®

Matt FineArt – smooth

308 gsm, 100% Cotton, white 

Photo Rag® – a white, 100% cotton paper with a smooth surface texture – guarantees archival standards. With its premium matt inkjet coating Photo Rag® meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.

Archival Canvas:  Lyve Matte Canvas - 450 GSM 19 mil

Lyve is considered one of the best fine art canvases for reproductions, this paired with the Timeless satin or gloss varnish creates a masterpiece print that can be enjoyed for a lifetime!

All rolled canvas prints come with a 2 inch border (your choice of white, color or mirrored edge) All canvas prints are hand sprayed for the perfect finish every time.

100+ years certified archival by an accredited 3rd party. No optical brighteners (OBA-free), yet still bright white

Stretched Canvas Giclée’s are printed with only top quality materials. We use high quality Lyve archival poly-cotton canvas, Premium Poplar wood stretcher bars (made in the USA), Specially  Dried to reduce warping and cracking. Timeless satin varnish, hand sprayed, not machine coated, providing the most even professional coating in the World! All of our materials meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Fine Art Trade Guild for pH and light-fastness. Everything is printed coated and hand stretched in house by certified professionals.