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Many people that are new to the canvas printing world are not quite family with some of the terms that describe the different types of prints, inks, canvas, techniques and more; Giclee is one of them. Giclee is actually a name that was invented by Jack Duganne in 1991 to describe the process of creating beautiful fine art prints from any type of digital source that uses ink-jet printers to print them. The word itself is taken from a French word, “le gicleur”, which means “nozzle”. Although “gicler” in French actually means “to squire, spurt, or spray” which more accurately describes the way that these art prints are created with an inkjet printer. Giclee canvas prints have become a wonderfully beautiful way to show off different forms of digital art, from photography to abstract to art created on the computer.

With the wonderful advancements in archival inks and canvas treatments, these Giclee canvas prints are created with specialized materials that are designed especially for these types of canvas prints. The colors in the inks can cover just about any color imaginable, which means that any artist’s renderings will come out beautifully clear on any type of canvas print. Even though some artists still use the ink-jet to print paper copies of their artwork in a mass production, there are those that still consider them “paintings” of sorts and only create Giclee canvas prints that are created for a specific customer or for sale in galleries.

Today, Giclee canvas prints are more associated with those artistic creations that are actually done on the computer through some of the different editing software that is out on the Internet. From abstract art works to portraits created completely on a computer, there are so many talented artists that are creating Giclee canvas prints that sell for thousands of dollars and offer a beautiful way to enjoy digital art throughout your home or office. With the different advancements in the inks and treatments that canvas printers use on their canvas prints, these Giclee canvas prints can last well over 100 years which means that anyone that invests in them will easily be able to enjoy and pass these art works down through generations.

Giclee canvas prints are becoming an art form that extremely talented computer artists are using to bring their talents to the world. Since they can offer beautifully created Giclee canvas prints cheaper than they can physically paint a picture, it’s easy to see why there are so many digital artists out there who are falling in love with having their works printed on canvas.


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