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What is Giclée (pronounce zhee-KLAY) or fine art printing?
Fine art prints are often printed from digital files using archival quality inks and onto acid free fine art paper.
When looking for a print that will last for decades or even more than a century, then alway choose a paper that is acid free. It is the acid content in many papers that makes them turn yellow, brittle & crack over time. Papers are acid free, will ensure that your print will look as good in many years time as it did the day it was printed.
The printers used for fine art printing are high end machines usually with 8 or 12 ink colourants and therefore have a very large colour gamut. These colours when mixed together are able to produce millions of different colours. They have a colour range than is much larger than your typical large format printer.
Digital files suitable for fine art printing can be in a variety of formats such as those produced by digital cameras, scanners or computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop.
When creating such digital files it is important to ensure that the image is suitable for printing at the required size. For optimum results the images would need to be 300 dpi at the required print size, although if it is a very good quality image then you can often get away with 150 dpi and sometimes less.