The giclée prints are a high quality “digital fine art print outs”.
The system was developed at the end of the 1980s by the American company IRIS
This technology has established itself in the art scene along with the more common processes of lithography and serigraphy.
Artists, such as David Hockney, Robert Bateman, Robert Rauschenberg, Francesco Clemente, Bruce Weber, Arthur Elgort and Joyce Tenneson, to mention just a few, use giclée prints.
The giclée prints are so good that even experts often have difficulty in distinguishing them from the original artwork.
So unlike desktop prints, the quality is far superior and when you find such printing services in your area you can scan your work and have overnight prints at your will, number and size, even postcard size printing!
And where can I find a giclee printer in my area?
Well, probably you can browse through the ads here below. Google is ideal to find such a printing service!
Giclees printings can of course also be used with your photographs.
Moreover, more online services are mushrooming to accomodate the growing demand of artists-
Just in case you have some ethical issues on this, read what Robert Bateman has to say on printing in general:
A QUESTION OF PRINTS
The question must be looked at in three parts - definitions, artistic merit and market.
... A print is made by putting ink on a surface and transferring the ink to a piece of paper. This includes etching, stone litho, serigraph, photomechanical, wood block, potato print and other techniques. Some prints are reproductions.
...Audubon had his original watercolours reproduced by copper engraving, and these were seen as copies done by different craftspeople.
An original print is one where there is no other original, just a plate or a stone or a screen, etc. But it is possible to use the photomechanical process to create original prints. These may done by an artist working with a commercial printer on commercial presses and building the image stage by stage and may involve photographic images. These are original prints because they are not reproductions of an original work in spite of the fact that they are done photomechanically.
All of the above has nothing to do with artistic merit. ...
The merit of a piece of art depends on the artist's idea, creativity and rendering.
Finally we come to the market, which seems to to be the main motivation for the furor. ...
Some artists have chosen to have their paintings or drawings reproduced with high quality technique in a limited edition. None of these artists, to my knowledge, has ever claimed that these prints were other than printed reproductions of existing works of art. I don't think that public is hoodwinked on this score. They know they are getting a reproduction. ...
.. I have also recently heard of a case where photomechanical reproductions of watercolours were implied to be original prints, but I believe this practice is rare.
Perhaps the problem is the general proliferation of all kinds, particularly reproductions. There is a vast quantity of poor quality reproductions both artistically and technically and this has added to the confusion. But there are also many poor quality original prints and paintings, etc.
It is also possible that the trouble is due to the higher quality limited edition reproduction and the fact that very few of them are becoming "collectible". This is due to supply and demand. Some of them, in fact, have a resale value of many times the original price and sell very well at auction.
It is a pity that so much muddy thinking exists on the subject, even by experts who pretend the furor has something to do with Art. Art has to do with inspiration, creativity and skill. More people are excited by it today than ever before and good prints of every kind play an important part in this.
Robert Bateman , the full article is on his website
This is an example of an artists selling (home-made?) giclee prints. We can see the technical details:
The image size may vary a ¼ of about an inch
The small images are printed on 11 x 14 paper so they can be slipped
directly into a “ready made” frame.
The medium and large are printed with a 1 ½ - 2 inch border.
(8 1/4 x 11)
(15 x 20)
(21 x 28)
PDf file from the Artistnetwork.com webpage