Best Paper for Giclee Printing
Giclee Prints - What they are. How to make them.
High quality, fine arts, archival images output by inkjet printers - using premium inks and papers - are called Giclée (zhe-clay) prints by galleries and museums that display them.
Giclée is French for spray and was coined by a printmaker in the 1980s who did limited editions of art prints on costly Iris inkjet printers. He wanted to differentiate between the high quality of his work and the low-quality output of most inkjet printers of the time.
Today, the term Giclée has become synonymous with superior inkjet printing done by and for photographers, graphic designers and artists demanding the ultimate quality for reproduction of their works.
For brilliant, exquisite color and razor sharp detail, Giclée is unsurpassed. It is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry and has been widely embraced by major museums, galleries, publishers and artists. A Giclée Print is simply the closest duplication of an original artwork or photograph that is humanly, mechanically or technically possible.
While many modern printers are capable of producing the technical elements of Giclée printing such as micro dot size and a wide color gamut, only a limited number of ink and paper combinations can achieve the requisite quality image output that entitles them to be called "Giclée Prints."
Inks for Giclée prints are usually pigment-based due to their superior fade-resistance, but newer dye-based inks from Epson (Claria™ ) and Canon (Chromalife™ ) are fast approaching the longevity of their pigment-based counterparts and can sometimes produce more vivid colors.
Aside from the artistic benefits of the process, Giclée prints offer buyers, collectors and corporate clients significant advantages. Buyers and collectors can have accurate reproductions of paintings or photographs that emulate those in museums and art galleries. Interior decorators and corporate art buyers with limited budgets can easily create dramatic impact for their clients without sacrificing aesthetic quality.
To make the finest Giclée prints, it is important to select inkjet papers that are in the archival or museum grade category. This means they need to be acid and lignin free. Most inkjet media are bright white and likely to have some optical brightening agents (OBA). Papers without OBA are ideal for longevity but they may not produce as brilliant an image due to their cream-colored natural surface. For that reason, there is not a wide selection available. We recommend using quality papers with some OBA as they will produce beautiful images with excellent longevity when displayed under UV protected glass or acrylic.
There are three categories of Giclee Paper
As a rule, Giclée papers are matte, cotton rag, or canvas. Red River Paper offers you the best quality giclee papers that can be found. We source from the top paper mills on Earth - the same mills that make Epson, Canon, and other top big name brands. The secret is that we always pick the best the mills have to offer. Next we sell direct. This means lower prices, better selection, and absolutely superior service.
Start below with our list of our most popular Giclée paper options. Questions? Contact Red River Paper. We will help you with paper choice, printer selection, technical support, and just about anything else where we can point you the right direction.
60lb. Polar Matte®
47lb. Premium Matte®
Aurora Art White®
Aurora Art Natural®
Palo Duro Etching 315
Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag®
Blanco Matte Canvas