Giclee or Digital Prints. What to Choose?

Vase by Aalto print in interior

If you are looking for online prints for your home for a while, then no doubt you have seen words such as giclee prints and digital prints. For most people, these terms are quite incomprehensible and even annoying. This post is part of my Free Guide “How to buy wall art and not go broke”, which you can get for free, and will show you the main differences giclee prints and digital prints. Believe me, it is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. So…

Giclee print is a high-quality digital print artwork, made on an inkjet printer. But not every digital print can be called giclee. Currently, you can find different definitions of giclee prints. In this post, I will discuss the 3 main the differences between giclee prints and other digital prints. So, let’s begin.

  1. Giclee are printed with high-quality ink jet printer (not laser) having 8 or more colors, and reproducing a wide spectrum and color depth than conventional printers. Images have all the tones and shades of the original work. No visible points. Digital prints created using cheaper inkjet printers with 4-6 colors or laser printers.
  1. They use a special light-fast pigmented inks (not water soluble), which retain the brightness during 75-100 years, depending on manufacturer application. For example, Epson claim that their archival inks K3 retain the brightness for 100 years for color images and 200 years for black and white. Digital prints are usually created using water-soluble ink, which are much cheaper and quickly turn pale with time.
  1. In addition, the quality of the paper or canvas is of great importance for long-lasting prints. Giclee are printed on high-quality paper, such as archival or art paper. Archival paper with archival ink allows you to save the brightness print for many years. Art paper with different textures, adds depth a print, making it more visually appealing. For digital prints used cheaper paper.

If you know these 3 main differences giclee prints and digital prints, you can feel more confident when choosing art for your home and ask the right questions to the artist, if you have doubts.

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At photo: Alvar Aalto vases giclee print