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About Fine Art Giclee Printing

Inkjet printing to archival fine art papers is commonly referred to as 'giclée printing' (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’). Inkjet printing creates a print by propelling minute droplets of water-based ink onto paper or other substrates. During the late 1970s inkjet printers were developed that could reproduce digital prints generated by computers. Today giclée prints are highly regarded in museums and galleries throughout the world. Giclee print paper selection is a highly subjective process. The aesthetics of the print and what you feel is important may be different to what appeals to others based on perhaps your own experiences in photography and/or traditional fine art.

Giclee print by artist Bec CrocketArtist: Bec Crocket

Giclee paper types

We now have a range of paper choices beyond the dreams of a previous generation of artists and photographers. The two major groupings are matte papers and photo papers (resin coated). Matte papers are based on either alpha-cellulose (wood fibers) or cotton rag fibre. Their appeal lies in their ‘look’ and ‘feel’. These papers have been developed to closely imitate papers used for various non-photographic fine art processes. Matte giclee paper types often have a texture – a look and tactile experience that is simply lacking in photo papers, which are constructed on a plastic base. These resin coated papers have the advantage of much higher reflectivity, generally producing blacker blacks and therefore more contrast.

Fine Art Giclee Paper

Arches Aquarelle Rag Giclee PaperMatte or fine art giclée papers provide a more traditional surface and offer a unique, beautiful surface for your prints with superb longevity, detail, resistance to fading and a look and feel factor that screams high quality. However, they are quite expensive, and for at least some printing needs, alpha cellulose papers may be an acceptable alternative. In fact, whenever permanence and/or tactile quality isn’t a necessity for your printing there are papers that will deliver the excellent quality of output for less money than true fine art cotton rag.

Resin Coated Paper

The finish of resin coated papers is traditionally semi-matte through to glossy – what most of us picture when we think of a photographic print. This type of inkjet media consists of a paper base sealed by two layers of polyethylene (the resin) making it water-proof and fairly resistant to scratches and scuffing. One drawback over cotton rag is that, when working with roll media (rather than cut sheets), the resin coated papers hold their 'paper curl' much longer so prints can take weeks to sit flat.Ilford Pearl resin coated paper However, what makes resin coated papers such a popular choice is their ability deliver an outstanding image quality for a relatively low cost. The variations on the finish type for resin coated papers are still derived from their light sensitive “wet process” counterparts. The main classifications are semi-matte, semi-gloss or luster, and glossy. In terms of inkjet printing, luster is more commonly referred to by names such as semi-gloss, satin and pearl.

Outgassing

It's important to allow resin coated prints to properly 'dry' before framing. Following printing the print may appear dry by sight and touch however it won't be fully dry. Outgassing refers to the release of any trapped gasses in the print and Epson recommends prints be allowed to outgas uncovered for 15 minutes after ejecting from the printer and then leaving the prints for 24 hours before framing. Failure to follow this procedure may create what looks like condensation on the glass in front of the print.

Baryta

For the past 10 years we have had the choice of matte papers with their appealing tactile feel but subdued look and reduced colour gamut, and resin coated photo papers with their higher Dmax and more saturated palette but less appealing tactility. Now baryta (pronounced ‘ba-ry-tah’) papers offer the weight and feel of fine art stock while enjoying the colour gamut and density of resin coated photo prints.

While it may be new to the 21st century digital printing world it actually has its roots in high quality black and white printing papers from the past. Baryta is barium-sulphate, a clay-like material that is applied to a fibre paper substrate. On traditional papers with light sensitive emulsions it acts to whiten the paper, produces a high degree of reflectivity, and as well provides a base for the emulsion. Now, on a new breed of papers designed for inkjet printing baryta is being used not to hold a chemical emulsion but to provide a smooth reflective coating. A highly refined barite powder is applied to the paper board to improve whiteness and coverage. Paper manufacturers sometimes add tints to the barite coating to alter the final tone of the print.

Ilford Gold Fibre Silk Baryta PaperThe significance of Baryta papers comes down to look and feel. Baryta papers, since they are fibre paper based, are heavier and more textured than resin coated papers while managing to duplicate much of that paper type’s biggest strength: density. Baryta papers offer considerable weight and thickness for that fine art feel and they achieve greater colour density and gamut limits than cotton based fine art papers. This is especially important when printing in black and white — that extra density is vital to fully realise the detail in the shadows without losing the overall 'punch' of deep black.

Art Papers - Matte Finish

Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag

Be inspired by a 100% cotton rag fine art paper with a creamy smooth texture and the purest white tone available on the market. Edition Etching Rag is reminiscent of the original genuine etching and print making papers. It provides deep blacks, excellent image sharpness and optimum colour graduation. The slight grain of this paper makes it ideal for printing detailed work, colour photographs and exceptional black and white portraits. It's acid free, contains no optical brightening agents and is designed to meet galleries and museum longevity requirements to ensure consistency of shades for generations.

Edition Etching Giclee Paper
 

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique

Experience the unique smooth surface, pure white tone and strength of 100% cotton Rag Photographique across a wide range of applications. It's the ultimate all rounder. Rag Photographique accurately reproduces colours, creates intense blacks and precise detail, making it ideal for colour and black and white photographs and art reproductions. Designed to meet the demanding archival standards of galleries, libraries and museums; the paper is acid free and has no optical brightening agents so your print will not degrade or yellow over time.


Rag Photographique Giclee Paper
   

Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag

The world's number one mould-made watercolour paper is now available for the digital fine art market. With a classic white colour and unique pronounced texture, Arches Aquarelle Rag enhances textured photographs and faithfully reproduces fine art works. Trusted by Picasso, Warhol and other great masters for over 500 years; Arches Aquarelle Rag will add character, quality and strength to your photo or fine art print. Galleries around the world still display the great masters works on Arches so you can be assured that your print will last the test of time without degrading or yellowing.
This genuine 100% rag, watercolour paper possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding artists expect from a traditional fine art paper.


Arches Aquarelle Cotton Rag
   

Ilford Smooth Fine Art Canvas

A premium acid free canvas with a pure white tone that has been specially developed for professionals who demand a product capable of producing precise images with very high resolution. In addition to offering outstanding water resistance, this canvas stretches and mounts with ease. This OBA-free archival canvas is capable of producing extremely precise images with very high resolution on a reflective-free surface. The canvas will not yellow, crack or curl and is an ideal choice for a variety of applications including portraiture, fine art photography and demanding giclée requirements.

Ilford Premium Photo Canvas
   

Ilford Galerie Fine Art Textured

Galerie Prestige Fine Art Textured paper complements the cotton rag papers by offering a double-sided alpha-cellulose alternative capable of delivering stunning contrast and sharpness along with extra punch for brilliant colours.

With a very high cellulose content, upwards of 93%, this 220gsm paper has many of the same properties as a cotton paper including an art paper feel, excellent durability and longevity but at lower cost.

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk

Photo Papers - Semi-gloss & Gloss Finishes

Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl

For photographic prints we use a selection of the Ilford Galerie range. Founded in 1879, Ilford is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media for giclee printing.
Galerie Smooth Pearl Paper is a semi-gloss photo paper that features the very latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) optically clear nanoporous coating for outstanding imaging performance. The high density, heavyweight (290gsm) base has a natural photographic white tint to produce prints with excellent colour gamut and high sharpness. The pearl surface eliminates glare and finger prints giving the true look and feel of a photographic print.

Ilford Gallery Pearl Semi-gloss Photo Paper
 

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk

This paper features an inkjet layer coated directly onto a true baryta (barium sulphate) layer and fibre base to produce images with exceptional gamut for vivid colour reproduction as well as creamy whites and velvety blacks for the unique look of traditional silver halide photo paper. The paper creates high definition images with an extended tonal range and excellent archival properties making it a must for exhibition quality prints. This versatile media is perfect for colour images with vibrancy and depth or for producing a sympathetic re-creation of a traditional black and white image.

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk
 

Ilford Galerie Metallic Gloss

Galerie Metallic Gloss offers photographers the ability to print images with a true ‘wow’ factor. The iridium finish gives every image a three-dimensional look ensuring that each print truly comes to life. The resin coated paper is 260gsm and is suitable for creating display and exhibition prints or alternatively prints can be added to photo albums or portfolio work to create additional impact. Although the media adds an additional creative angle to portrait and studio photography, it also lends itself perfectly to enhancing mechanical, industrial or architectural images.

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk
 
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