Giclée (pronounced Zhee-clay) is one of the often undefined terms that is mentioned in the world of buying and selling prints. But, just what is a giclée and why do I want one?
A giclée is basically a print created with archival quality paper and inks. Today the term art print and giclée are used interchangeably even though they may be two totally different things when it comes to quality. I usually look for the word giclée. Calling a print a giclée suggests the level of excellence I’m looking for, while an art print could be card stock printed with your most basic inks. Art prints may start out beautifully but the colors will fade and bleed as the ink decays and the paper will yellow from exposure to the elements. A print of this quality could begin to lose integrity as soon as it’s hung it on the wall. With a giclée the high end ink and paper can allow a print to last as long as 100 years.
All the prints at Making Marks Studio are of giclée quality are made to the highest standards. Knowing a few qualifications will always help you get a professional archival print aka giclée every time!
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