The Giclée process
These prints are produced individually on a special wide-format, ultra high-resolution printer. The acid-free canvas is pretreated to absorb the permanent pigment inks as millions of drops per square inch are sprayed onto the surface. This produces an archival quality image with velvety colours, dramatic contrasts and very fine details.
The canvas is then coated with a fine, UV blocking glaze, which eliminates the need for glass to protect the surface. Thus, we are able to look at the picture without the reflectivity of glass interfering with our enjoyment of the scene. Dust can be removed with a damp cloth.
Unlike dye-based inks, Giclée prints resist fading for a lifetime.
Printing on Canvas
The Giclée process can be used on paper or canvas.
Paper prints are typically surrounded by a matting and mounted behind glass. Although one can choose "non-reflective" glass, the surface always reflects some light and thus clouds the image.
Canvas, on the other hand, is mounted on a wooden stretcher frame and fitted into a surrounding "Float Frame".
Although purchase of a float frame is recommended, images may be purchased without a frame and mounted as an oil-painting in a more traditional frame.