What is Giclée Printing?

Do you work in graphic design? Ever heard of the term Giclée Printing? Chances are you have, without paying too much attention to its meaning. Read on to learn what it’s all about…

Giclée printing is a way of creating high quality prints. It comes from the French word ‘la giclée’ which means something which is squirted or sprayed. It is a type of inkjet printing, intending to produce work with a longer lifespan and a higher quality than a standard desktop inkjet printout. It is used for reproducing original artwork, maps, historical documents, and photographs. For a piece of work to be considered a giclée print, some basic requirements must be met: giclee printing

1. High Quality Paper Must be Used You will need special professional series paper of archival quality. This paper is acid free and made from a 100% cotton or rag base. It is obviously more expensive than regular printing paper, so make sure to do adequate research on any paper you’re considering buying to make sure it will do the job you’re intending in the best possible way. Common types of print substrates include canvas, watercolor, matte, metallic, and photo paper.

2. High Quality Ink and Printer Must be Used This is a special light-fast ink which should be kept out of the sun. Printouts from this ink will usually last up to 200 years with minimal fading. They are used in special large format printers intended for this purpose. These printers usually hold various ink colors. The more colors the better the quality of the printout.

3. There Must be a High Document Resolution Your giclée printout will have the highest apparent resolution that is available today. It has to be a minimum of 300 dpi and could be as high as 1800 dpi, creating an extremely smooth, consistent image. It will need to be able to capture every tiny nuance of an original piece of work, with exact precision.

When produced in the right way, and with correct care, a giclée production should be able to stick around for at least up to 100 years. But take care never to rub your work and not to use water or any kind of cleaning chemical on any side of the paper so that it will last that long!

You can also visit our blog post Spotlight on Canon imagePROGRAF Printers to learn more about large format printing.

A Glimpse into the Wondrous World of 3-D Printing

Ever thought about the ability of being able to print for yourself a pie of pizza, a bicycle, a 3d printerfancy car, a piece of jewelry or even a new home??! With the invention of the 3-D printer, this may become a possibility for you very soon.

3-D printing is a process of making a 3-dimensional solid object of almost any shape from a digital model. It is achieved by “printing” the materials in layers, one above the other, until a complex object is completed.

How does it work? It somewhat resembles the more traditional forms of printing we are more familiar with. The information is entered into a computer, which then passes this information to a printer. The difference with 3-D printing is that the information is not a flat electronic image, but an electronic diagram. Just as in regular printing, one needs to insert cartridges into the printer for it to produce the job, so too a 3-D printer requires cartridges in order to work. However, the cartridges in a 3-D printer not only contain the right color, but also the particular materials necessary for the printing job e.g plastic, metal etc. 3d printed shoesLet’s take the example of printing a shoe. You would enter the information for a three-dimensional model of the shoe into the computer. The computer sends this information on to a printer that uses the specific materials and colors necessary to reproduce that shoe.

Why is it becoming so popular? 3-D printing can produce an item that used to take a few months to be made, in just a couple of days. Additionally, one is able to print out extremely costly products, avoiding the need to go out and purchase it. It not only saves time and money, but also produces higher-quality products.

It is difficult to accurately predict how 3-D printing will affect the world of manufacturing. However, there is no doubt that there will be major changes in the industry. This is mainly because any individual person with a 3-D printer will be able to produce all kinds of products at home including electronic machines, cars, household gadgets, food products and lots, lots more.

Since the start of the 21st century, there has been a large growth in the sales of 3-D printers, and their price is substantially dropping. There are already many individuals in America who own such printers. So keep on the lookout – we at copyfaxes may even be able to sell one to you in the not too distant future…!!!