Giclée printing

Printing for artists, photographers & illustrators

The Graphical Tree invest in technology to offer the best production service for our customers. This includes our ‘artist favourite printer’ Epson SureColor fine art inkjet, which produces archival-quality print for artists, photographers and illustrators.

Giclée prints, pronounced zhee’clay [ʒikle] are produced using inkjet technology and pigment-based inks onto archival-quality paper to create high quality, long life-time lasting fine art prints. These are perfect for photographers or artists who wish to display or sell their work as one-off, or limited edition runs.

Our giclée prints

We produce Giclée prints at 1440 dpi, with 8 passes using the Epson UltraChrome Pro 10-colour ink-set.

We use special sustainable archival quality paper with a variety of finishes and textures to choose from.

Our Giclée printers use pigment-based inks rather than dye-based inks. Pigment-based inks have a longer print lifespan and can last 65-85 years without any significant fading.

Giclee prints will outlast a traditional lithographic print and other reprographic technics by up to six times the life length.

 

giclée quality

We only use a professional kit for our giclee service, the Epson SureColor 20000, which gives us a wide, maximum colour gamut, and allows us light-fastness, while producing vivid colour reproductions with brilliant saturation and depth.

Our printers also offer subtle shadow details, true blues and natural skin tones, as well as an impressive four levels of black including high-density photo and matte black inks for deeper, richer blacks and better grey balance and mid-tones than conventional inkjet prints. We also offer fantastic quality gradations with reduced graininess achieved thanks to Multi Size Droplet Technology (MSDT) and bronzing reduction to achieve accurate colours and colour fading resistance.

The printer features a K4 ink set; an impressively wide colour gamut, helping to achieve excellent lightfastness, vivid, stable colours, and intense saturation. This new ink set has been extensively tested and scientifically formulated to provide longevity, durability and water resistance.

Giclée pricing

Please email us for all Giclée prints. We’ll happily cost for single or multiple quantities on any of the papers we offer. You can email us here. Please note all prints are unmounted and unframed, and prices exclude VAT and delivery.

Papers

We have a variety of specially selected archival papers suitable for giclee printing. These include smooth, pearl, semi-gloss and textured.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® is one of the world’s most popular papers and a valued all-rounder for high-quality FineArt inkjet printing. This white cotton artist’s paper, with its soft feel, boasts a lightly defined felt structure, lending each artwork an impressive pictorial depth. Combined with the matt premium inkjet coating, the paper produces outstanding prints that feature brilliant colours, deep blacks, striking contrasts and perfect reproduction of detail. The acid and lignin-free nature of the paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is specially designed for FineArt applications.

Attributes

Material – 100% cotton
Paperweight – 308 gsm
Finish – Matt
Tone – Off white
Texture – Smooth

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth is an especially smooth and silky soft paper for high-quality FineArt inkjet printing. The white cotton art paper has a discreet, very finely textured surface with a strikingly silky feel. The matt premium inkjet coating allows for impressive reproduction of colour, detail and very deep black. The acid and lignin-free all-rounder meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance and is perfect for high-quality black and white FineArt prints, and perfect for both photography as well as art reproductions.

Attributes

Material – 100% cotton
Paperweight – 305 gsm
Finish – Matt
Tone – Off white
Texture – Discreet, very finely textured surface with silky feel

Hahnemühle German Etching

Hahnemühle German Etching is a traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper. The white art paper made from 100% alpha-cellulose is characterised by its velvety tactile feel and a fine clearly defined felt structure. The unique surface texture adds a very special touch to images, showcasing them in all their depth and splendour. The premium matt inkjet coating guarantees outstanding print results with excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep black and optimum contrasts. As with other Hahnemühle papers we use, German Etching is acid and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.

Attributes

Material – 100% α-cellulose
Paperweight – 310 gsm
Finish – Matt
Tone – Off white
Texture – velvety tactile feel with a fine, clearly defined felt structure

Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl is a cellulose-based FineArt inkjet paper with an inkjet coating specially tailored for FineArt use. The bright white paper has a delicately textured surface and a smooth, silky feel. In combination with the premium inkjet coating, it produces an elegant finish with a subtle, pearl-gloss effect. Once printed, the paper impresses with outstanding reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks and striking contrasts. The acid- and lignin-free FineArt Pearl meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is ideal for printing high-quality black and white as well as colour photographs.

Attributes

Material – 100% α-cellulose
Paperweight – 285 gsm
Finish – Pearl-gloss
Tone – Bright white
Texture – Delicately textured surface

Epson Semi-Gloss

A great all-round paper, chosen for its photographic aesthetics, vibrant colour reproduction, high contrast and robust feel. Its semi-gloss, flat surface lends the artwork a photographic feel, combined with the subtle painterly feel of a Giclée fine art print. Our most lightweight paper of all Giclées. The surface is resin coated making it our strongest paper.

Attributes

Material – Resin coated paper
Paperweight – 260 gsm
Finish – Semi-gloss
Tone – Bright white
Texture – Smooth

Canson Aquarelle Rag

This genuine 100% rag watercolour paper from Canson offers the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that artists expect from a traditional Fine Art paper. Mould made, the finest and oldest paper-making technic, Aquarelle Rag complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant.

Attributes

Material – 100% cotton
Paperweight – 310 gsm
Finish – Matt
Tone – Warm white
Texture – High texture

Artwork set-up

If you are scanning artworks, please do so at least at 300dpi. If you would like to produce a larger size print from your original, scan the artwork at a larger dpi to compensate for the enlargement. Dpi halves at every doubling of print size, so an A3 print enlarged to A2 in size would require a 600 dpi scan to ensure no pixelation occurs.

For scanning of original artwork, we recommend using a professional operation such as the Packshot company. You’ll be well looked after and receive a high-quality scan suitable for giclee reproduction.

Our preferred colour profile choice for the best photographic printing is Adobe RGB (1998), (sRGB is specifically for web imagery) although we do accept files in other colour profiles, and in RGB Color, rather than CMYK. If you need help converting files, this short video is useful.

Save files as .tif if possible.

 

Help guide

Ensure all artwork is proportional to the size of your print request.

If you require a border around the image, please specify the width at the time of order. If no border is requested, prints will be trimmed to the artwork edge.

We check the resolution of your image file to see if it is suitable for the dimensions you want to be produced.

We aim to print confirmed orders within 48 hours, prior to despatch. Turnarounds may differ if a test print is required, for longer print runs, or if you have a specific deadline.

 

 

Ordering

If you have any questions or would like to place an order, you can email us here or give us a call on 020 7580 4405.

Please include the following info as required –

Paper type selected
Size of print(s)
Quantity
Is a border needed.
What size is the border?
Do you need delivery?
What is the delivery address?

Please be aware we require full payment before prints can be despached.

 

Sending artwork

You can either send us your files via email or if they are too large you can use our WeTransfer page instead.

Please include your name and contact details within the message section of the WeTransfer upload so we can marry the artwork with your order.

To find out more about giclée printing, visit our giclée help guide page.