What is a Giclée Print?

The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high-quality archival quality paper to achieve an inkjet print of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability. Our prints are created using an Epson 9880 with Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, which with the 8 channel print head is capable of producing an extremely wide tonal range and colour gamut.

Metro’s Giclée printing offers both a softness and richness of colour and our operators will ensure the print represents the artist’s original work in the closest possible way by working with the client and producing a test print as part of the service.

The process involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high-quality art paper or canvas. The image is colour corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original work if required. The digital information is fine-tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring fidelity to the original.

Giclées are printed on a variety of substrates or mediums, the most common being watercolour paper or canvas. Image permanence is a concern to artists and collectors. Estimates are based on laboratory simulations of ageing to give a fade &colour shift resistance of up to 200 years in ideal conditions, tests developed and conducted by Epson.

Reproducing prints this way can be of an advantage to artists who find it unfeasible to mass-produce their work, but need to reproduce their work on demand. Once we make the master print and archive the digital master file, we can produce identical edition prints at any point in the future.


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Our range of Giclee Papers

>Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm

Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm

This velvety heavyweight etching paper has a fine surface texture. German Etching is one of the most popular media for artwork and photography. The paper is made of a pure alpha cellulose presenting a textured surface that allows high quality printing. Find out more
>Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

This is one of Hahnemühle’s genuine artist papers, mould made, 100% acid free paper with an exceptionally smooth surface. Photo Rag is the most popular paper chosen by photographers to create high quality fine art prints. The fine, smooth surface and feel of Photo Rag makes this paper very versatile. Find out more
>Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325gsm

Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325gsm

Fine Art Baryta is a bright white paper with exceptionally high colour depth and large colour gamut and image definition. Using barium sulphate in the premium Giclée coating ensures the typical gloss that makes this paper a close match to traditional photographic Fibre Based papers. Find out more
>Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm

Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm

This paper made from 100% cotton linters, has a high whiteness value that contains a high percentage of alpha cellulose, it produces a wide colour gamut and achieves high-density values. The paper is made on a mould machine using woollen felts which impart a delicate texture to the surface. Find out more
>Somerset Enhanced 255gsm

Somerset Enhanced 255gsm

This is a beautiful paper designed for inkjet printing and is ideal for fine art reproduction and photography. Made from 100% cotton fibre using a traditional mould machine this paper has an invisible coating on one side allowing the creation of superb prints with a wide colour gamut. Find out more
>Canson Photo High Gloss Premium 315gsm

Canson Photo High Gloss Premium 315gsm

Photo High Gloss Premium RC consists of an ultra-smooth, alpha-cellulose, acid-free paper coated with polyethylene and multiple micro porous colour receiver layers. This ultra-white photo paper currently has the highest gloss level of the photographic resin-coated paper market. Find out more
>Canson Infinity Photosatin Premium 270gsm

Canson Infinity Photosatin Premium 270gsm

PhotoSatin Premium Resin Coated consists of an alpha cellulose acid-free art paper coated with a structured polyethylene and a micro porous receiver layer. This exceptional photographic paper has been designed to comply with the highest lifespan requirements. Find out more


Canvas printing is an increasingly popular way of turning a photograph or artwork into a wall-ready, textured object for sale or personal use. We print directly onto high quality heavy weight real artist cotton canvas, achieving high quality vibrant canvas prints from your images. Find out more