f you can't already tell from the name, Giclée prints (pronounced Gee-Klay) are a bit more specialized, delivering images which are noticeably different than a traditional Lustre or Glossy. There are a few reasons for this. First, Giclée prints use a much larger set of inks (at least 8 versus the 3 color RGB process) which are applied by spraying microscopic droplets of color onto the page. The final outcome is a print with far greater detail and vivacity of color.
Giclée prints are created in-house, using 100% cotton Museo Silver Rag, a semi-gloss, acid-free archival paper developed, designed, and produced by Crane & Company. This same manufacturer developed the paper for which United States Currency is printed on. Additionally, each image undergoes extensive color-correction, blemish removal and tone-enhancement to ensure the highest quality final presentation. The combination of process, beautiful color and archival paper make Giclée far more resistant to fading. These prints are unmatched in quality and cannot be replicated on the consumer level.
Due to the printing process and paper quality, Giclee prints are more expensive. So are they worth it? Below is a side by side comparison of a Lustre and Giclée Print to give you an idea of the differences. If there is an image you truly adore, want to display prominently in your home and enjoy for years to come, Giclée is absolutely the way to go.