Giclee Print vs. Ordinary Print

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by Michael McCarty
Founder, Tribeca Printworks

When you’re looking for a printing method that delivers the best-quality results on materials that can be passed down from generation to generation, fine art giclee prints are a fantastic choice. Explore the key differences between this impressive printing method versus ordinary options.

What Is a Giclee Print?

The term “giclee” was coined in the early 1990s by professional printmaker Jack Duganne. Giclee printing is the premier method for fine art pieces because it uses the highest-quality archival materials and inks

The paper options available for fine art giclee printing from Tribeca Printworks include:

  • Hahnemühle German Etching
  • Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright
  • Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl
  • Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
  • Epson Hot Press Bright
  • Epson Cold Press Bright
  • Epson Luster
  • Epson Enhanced Matte
  • Epson Photo Glossy
  • Epson Metallic Photo Gloss

The giclee printing process involves a large-format printer equipped with up to a dozen color ink cartridges. The results are a richer, more vibrant image compared to standard printing methods, and the print can last for decades without deteriorating.

Types of Ordinary Prints

When comparing giclee printing vs. ordinary prints, the primary differentiator is that giclee printing involves only the highest-quality and most expensive inks and materials. 

For instance, digital laser prints use cheaper paper types than giclee fine art prints. Offset lithography involves using metal plates rather than advanced inkjet printers with archival giclee pigments during the printing process. And while photographic prints tend to be glossy and saturated, they are also printed on lesser-quality paper than giclee prints. 

Quality and Durability

For quality and durability, there is no better option than fine art giclee prints. They are superior to ordinary printing in nearly every way, including:

  • Resolution and color accuracy.
  • Longevity and fade resistance.
  • Preservation of fine details.
  • The use of acid-free paper and materials.

Your artwork could last for a hundred years, maintaining its vibrance and quality throughout every generation. 

Reproduction of Original Art

When you are interested in reproducing original art pieces, you want every copy to be as remarkable as the first. With fine art giclee printing, each copy is an identical twin of the original. It can capture every detail, from a painter’s brushstrokes to the slightest shade variations.

At Tribeca Printworks, we are more than happy to have our artists involved in the process, approving each reproduction of the original to ensure it meets — and exceeds — quality standards. 

Customization and Personalization

When collaborating with Tribeca Printworks, you can always enjoy complete customization when ordering giclee prints. We offer tailored printing options for both open and limited-edition artwork to ensure you always get the results you are looking for. 

We make adding your artist signature and numbering to your giclee prints easy, ensuring your work always looks authentic and special. 

Print Size and Scaling

A huge advantage of giclee printing is maintaining image quality and clarity, no matter the size of the print. Fine art printing services from Tribeca Printworks have large format capabilities, so you can enjoy your work on a grander scale. 

Our team will help you decide on the perfect size to complement your unique space and allow your artwork to be the focal point of any room. 

Framing and Display

When framing a fine art giclee print, you will always want to choose custom-cut frames made from high-quality, archival-grade materials. The team of professionals at Tribeca Printworks can help you decide on the perfect custom frame to protect and enhance the presentation of your artwork. 

Whether you’re displaying fine art or an ordinary print, custom framing will take your work to the next level. 

Choose Tribeca Printworks for Your Fine Art Printing

With more than 40 years of combined art world expertise, the team at Tribeca Printworks is here to help you select the perfect fine art paper and giclee print services for your needs. 

Whether you’re an illustrator, photographer or painter, fine art giclee prints will elongate your art’s life and preserve it for future generations. 

Contact Tribeca Printworks or place your order online to get started today.