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WHAT IS A GICLÉE PRINT?

giclee prints for woven photograph by fernando bengoechea

The Studio at Fernando Bengoechea only uses Museum Quality Archival Fine Art paper and inks.

Our Giclée printing process provides higher image detail than traditional photographic printing. Using up to 12 dye-based inks, Giclée Prints offer vibrant reproduction and enhanced image clarity. The quality of a Giclée print is far superior to all other forms of printing.

Giclée derived from a blend of French words; gicleur, which is a technical term for a nozzle or jet, and gicler, to spray out. The term Giclée — pronounced gee-klay — was initially coined by printmaker Jack Duganne in 1991. Today, it's used to describe fine art printing using pigment based, archival quality inks, printed on cutting edge inkjet printers.


What's the main difference between Giclée and other print technologies?
Whereas many traditional print technologies use the classic CMYK 4-color combination even  with the addition of a few pantone referenced spot colors cannot match the Giclée printers using up to 12 colors. This gives much smoother gradient transitions and a wider color gamut. In other words, more depth and richness to the final print, which helps to create stunning vibrant artwork with amazing reproduction. In the case of recreating artwork such as a photography, the end result is almost indistinguishable from the original.


What images are best suited to Giclée printing?
Where Giclée really comes into its own is in the production of wall art, where customers are very discerning and want top quality that lasts. This longevity is a key differentiator, because the type of archival inks and papers used on Giclée printers won’t fade when displayed in normal conditions indoors; colors will retain their brilliance for a lifetime.