A giclee (zhee-CLAY) is a  high-resolution reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing
artwork.


Giclees can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, to transparent acetates. Giclees are superior to traditional
lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually 'continuous tone', rather than
tiny dots. The range, or "gamut" of color for giclees is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper. Since giclee printers can use media in
rolls, large print sizes are available, limited only by the length and width of the roll.


Lithography uses tiny dots of four colors--cyan, magenta, yellow and black--to fool the eye into seeing various hues and shades. Colors are
"created" by printing different size dots of these four colors. Giclees use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer.
The process used by Art of DeSpain's supplier represents the next generation of inkjet technology, the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24-inch) and Epson
Stylus Pro 9900 (44-inch). These printers incorporate the latest achievements in photographic ink jet technology. By combining the precision of the
Epson MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink, the newest generation of Epson Stylus
Pro printers represent a level of technology unprecedented in Epson's history bring Art of DeSpain giclees to life.

Epson UltraChrome HDR represents the latest generation of pigment ink technology. Now utilizing ten colors - including an all-new Orange and
Green - Epson UltraChrome HDR ink produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer. Even more remarkable, combining
Epson UltraChrome HDR ink with the new Epson AccuPhoto™ HDR screening technology dramatically raises the level of print quality and once
again sets a new benchmark standard for photographic reproduction.
Pigmented inks and finer print heads, fade resistant colors, result in a wider color gamut and the ability to use various media to print on. The ink is
sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.

Giclee prints  are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because they so accurately reproduce
the original art.


In addition, Giclees are produced directly from a digital file, (which can be remotely uploaded,) saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and
printing plates used with traditional litho printing.  
What is a Giclee?
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