Fine Art Giclee'
Q. What is Giclee Printing
Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".
The term "giclee print" provides an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy and longevity than other means of reproduction such as lithography.
Our Giclee prints are created utilizing the highest resolution digital printers available today, the Epson 9800/7800 series using the K3 Ultrachrome inkset. This modern printer is capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.
Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it cost effective to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made at a reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Another advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size or media, giving the artist the ability to customize their prints for a specific client or need.
The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The British Museum, The National Gallery, London just to name a few.

Digital Printing

The Epson 9800 and 7800 are state of the art digital piezograph printer using 8-color archival K-3 Ultrachrome inks to produce long lasting and brilliant color prints and Giclee's.

Cali-Color is proud to offer these prints in Matte, Luster, Glossy, Smooth and Textured Fine Art papers, Somerset Velvet, Moab Entada and Canvas up to 44" wide. We are always testing new materials, so contact us for a current paper list.

Please contact customer service for accepted file formats. Image Scanning and Prepping Services

All printing must be done from a digital file. Cali Color is equipped to offer all the preparation of your original artwork or slide/transparency completely in-house. This assures that your valuable original never will leave the premises.

We offer direct scanning of your slide, transparency or original art up to 13x18. Please remember that we cannot directly scan unfixed pastels or any artwork that would transfer paint to the scanning glass.

All other original artwork will require digital capture.

If you are supplying a print ready file, please see our FAQ's for instructions on how to prepare the file for printing.

Scanned original for prints up to 11x14 18.00
Scanned original for prints up to 16x20 25.00
Scanned original for prints up to 30x40 50.00
Scanned original for prints up to 44" wide 75.00
Digital Capture for prints up to 20x24 40.00
Digital Captire for prints up to 30x40 65.00
Digital Capture for prints up to 44" wide 80.00

All scanning prices include a proof on your choice of media below. Additional media will require a new proof charged at 1/2 our normal rate.

NOTE: Preparing a file for printing includes dust spotting, minor scratch removal, simple color/contrast correction and simple cropping and sizing. Any additional Photoshop editing, restoration work, retouching and type composition must be authorized by the customer and will be billed out at $20.00 per 15 minute increment.

Proof Prints: proof prints are strongly recommended for critical color matching and quantity orders. They are proofed on the same paper as the final print and charged at the 8.5x11 price. Additional proofs are charged at 50% of the 8 .5x11 price. Orders without proofing must have a signed "print regardless" release.




Glossy, Luster and Enhanced Matte Papers
1 2-4 5-9 10+
8.5x11 $6.00 $5.70 $5.58 $5.40
8x12 $6.70 $6.37 $6.23 $8.43
11x14 $10.70 $10.17 $9.95 $9.63
16x20 $22.50 $21.38 $20.93 $20.25
20x24 $33.50 $31.83 $31.16 $30.15
20x30 $41.70 $39.62 $38.78 $37.53
24x30 $50.00 $47.50 $46.50 $45.00
24x36 $60.00 $57.00 $55.80 $54.00
30x40 $83.50 $79.33 $77.66 $75.15
40x50 $138.90 $131.96 $129.18 $125.01
Non-Conforming Sizes will be charged at $10.00 / sq. ft.
Borders over 1/2" are charged at $5.00 / sq. ft.

Smooth and Textured Fine Art Papers, Somerset Velvet, Moab Entrada and Canvas
1 2-4 5-9 10+
8.5x11 $9.00 $8.55 $8.37 $8.10
8x12 $10.75 $10.21 $10.00 $9.68
11x14 $17.15 $16.29 $15.95 $15.44
16x20 $35.55 $33.77 $33.06 $32.00
20x24 $53.30 $50.64 $49.57 $47.97
20x30 $66.75 $63.41 $62.08 $60.08
24x30 $80.00 $76.00 $74.40 $72.00
24x36 $96.00 $91.20 $89.28 $86.40
30x40 $133.30 $126.64 $123.97 $119.97
40x50 $225.00 $213.75 $209.25 $202.50
Non-Conforming sizes will be charged at $16.00 / sq. ft
Borders over 1/2" are charged at $8.00 / sq. ft.

Cali Color also offers Sunset Satin or Gloss Varnish for your matte, fine art or canvas prints.
$2.00 / sq. ft.
Available in Satin or Glossy finish.
Stop by to see our sample prints with Sunset Varnish applied!
Post-Print Coatings protect, preserve and enhance fine art and photographic prints produced on digital inkjet printers. They protect and preserve prints by inhibiting harmful Ultraviolet light. They also protect against moisture and abrasion.