For the people who have heard of the notion Giclee printing but never took time to go deeper into the subject the whole idea is that in this type of printing there are not using any type of devices either mechanical or of another type and no screen also. In this way there is not a pattern made of dots which is visible in other types of printing. The original painting keeps its tones and hues so there is virtually no difference between the two. The term Giclee comes from French and it means to squirt or spray. In that way, the inkjet printer can do an excellent job. But the quality needs to be much higher than that of such a printer and to a much larger scale. For the ones that do not know the Giclee printing needs to be really large, over one meter in diameter and the structure of the painting will be actually knitted on the canvas.
For this technique there is no need to use ordinary inks that go to the printers. The actual paints are inks known to be light-fast. They need to be kept out of direct sunlight in order to ensure their lifespan of over 25 years. Besides printing, scanning is equally important. The technique is sort of different and it is done straight to a drum scanner. In case of a large image or something that cannot be taken out of its frame, there is the need to take on the painting the format transparency and afterwards scan it. The downside of this procedure is the time which can be a lot and the cost of a photograph that looks professional.
In terms of the used paper, the Giclee printing will go with whatever paper there is in stock. However, some printers would recommend using a specific type. Many people choose to print the image on canvas and this is all right too. In that way, both the color and the texture of the print will be really close to the original. On the canvas the paintings tend to last much longer and they can be easily mailed to a friend or as needed without the painting to form the unpleasant looking creases.
The good thing about this type of printing is that once the scan in performed the number of printings that can be made is unlimited. Some people would prefer to stick to a specific size which is dictated by the frames that they have while others turn out to be more flexible and allow various prints. It depends on the usage of the paintings and on the wish of the painter to offer them as presents to someone else. In most cases, the size will vary a lot and it will be really all right for everyone to have more options. Actually this type of printing will guarantee top quality no matter how many times the picture is to be multiplied. The key is to have a decent scan.
Basic notions about Giclee printing