All reproductions offered here are custom Giclee reproductions printed on archival quality heavy cotton 'Moab' or 'Rag' paper
Dimensions listed are approximate measurements. Some of these paintings are reproduced with the "artist's edge" - as they were created. Most paintings will require custom cut matting for best results. Custom matting is affordably offered at custom frame shops or larger craft stores.
Reproduction prints will be ordered on the first of
Giclée Print versus Color Copy (pronounced: zhee-clay)
The price of a giclée print often raises the question, “Why should I pay for a giclée print when I can get a
color copy for a lot less?” There are several reasons for the difference in price that can best be explained
after rephrasing the question to “What is the difference between a fine art reproduction and a color copy?”
A color copy is relatively inexpensive compared to a giclée print due primarily to the cost of materials used
and the time involved in creating the print. Laser printers use a toner cartridge filled with powdered “inks”
and transfer the image to paper via a xerographic process similar to a photocopier. Intended primarily for
use in the business world, laser printers are fast, print on inexpensive, smaller paper stocks and produce
acceptable results for short-term use. However, since they are designed to produce high volumes of
prints (100 pages per minute) they are not capable of producing prints with archival characteristics.
Giclée is a printer’s and marketing term used to describe a high-resolution, large-format inkjet, fine art print
using archival pigment-based inks on heavy, archival quality paper or canvas.
The term Gicl'ee is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt” or “to spray.” Inkjet printers squirt the
pigment based ink particles onto the paper. Original artwork is produced by applying pigment based paints to the
paper or canvas using a brush or in some cases a sprayer (airbrush). The similarity of materials and
processes may be a factor in the ability of the giclée process to more accurately reproduce colors and
details than traditional processes such as lithography.
Although some dye-based ink prints can technically be considered giclée prints, they require a
special coating to resist fading and do not typically produce images considered to be "fine art" quality.
The giclée process was originally developed for proofing lithographs. However, since the proofs
reproduced colors and continuous tones more accurately than a lithograph, giclée became for many a
preferred method for making fine art prints.
Giclée prints will have the following characteristics in order to hold their value as fine art reproductions:
1. Printed using an inkjet printer with professional-grade nozzles.
2. Printed using archival quality pigmented inks.
3. Printed on archival fine art paper, watercolor stock, or canvas.
4. Printed using an individually calibrated “paper” profile that is specific to the exact printer, ink and
print stock used.
Several factors make the price of giclée prints more expensive than a color copy:
1. Archival quality pigment based inks cost much more than laserjet toner cartridges.
2. Archival print stocks cost significantly more than laserjet papers.
3. The cost of additional software and hardware such as profiling devices, a raster image processor
(RIP), scanners, special proofing lights, and environmental controls.
6. Time involved – fine art reproduction resulting in a giclée print requires substantially more time
and effort than a color copy. The original work must be digitally captured and then go through a
detailed proofing process to adjust the digital image to match the original. Some art requires the printing
of many proofs before arriving at an approval.
7. The final image takes a longer time to print than a color laserjet.
In brief, the main advantages of giclée prints over color copies is:
1. Wide format prints – 24” wide up to 15’ or more
2. Prints on fine art papers, watercolor stocks, and canvas
3. Accurate detail and color reproduction of the original
4. Archival level resistance to fading – generally 50+ years up to over 100 years
The Joan True reproductions offered here for personal ownership are simply of the highest quality available. It is a product that we are proud to offer and are confident that you will be pleased to own.