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Is there any difference between Giclée prints and canvas prints?

According to Wikipedia Giclée printing means inkjet printing.  

The term Giclée was coined by Jack Duganne in 1991. It originally applied to fine art prints which were done on Iris printers, but it has since come to mean any print done on an inkjet printer. Although printers, galleries and artists use the term Giclée to imply “fine art printing”, there is no guarantee of quality that goes with the word. The truth is anyone who does inkjet printing (including Eziprint) technically does Giclée printing.

A Giclée canvas print ideally should be a print that is done on high quality canvas (usually pure cotton not polycotton). It is done with an inkjet printer. The resolution should be high. The inks should be good quality and fade resistant. (Eziprint does canvas prints that meet all of these criteria). Put simply, a Giclée canvas print is a high quality print using the best practice and the best quality printer, canvas and ink that is available.

Giclée is derived from the French word gicler which means “to squirt or spray”. It does not refer to only canvas printing but also to art reproductions on paper.

Creating Giclee prints from photos or artwork is a common way for artists and photographers to reproduce their artwork. Because the prints are a very close replica of the original art, they can be distributed or sold so that the art can be enjoyed by many people.


At Eziprint we use Canon inkjet 12 colour printers. We check and calibrate our printing machine regularly. We use quality inks. We also use quality white cotton matt canvas that weights 430gsm. We lacquer our prints to protect them from dust and UV rays. Every photo we print as a canvas, is viewed by our trained technicians and checked at every step of the process. We believe we truly do produce a Giclee canvas print.


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10 thoughts on “Is there any difference between Giclée prints and canvas prints?

  1. Hi, I have not yet had any of my photos produced as a canvas print but I have had some of my my photos transformed into oil paintings or printed as a Giclee print using quality art paper. I do like the idea of having a print that is not heavy and does not need to be behind glass which to me spoils the photo due to the glare and as I am looking at selling some of my photos the idea of just offering a printed rolled up canvas product sounds even better as that is what I do with my canvas oil paintings which I prefer for postage (painting in a postage tube)

    The only issue I have with canvas prints is for the ones that I have seen i feel that the the clarity of the photo is not truly produced and that most prints have to be viewed from a good distance, but if you feel that you truly produce a giclee canvas print I may just be tempted. regards Glenn

  2. Are you Glen Cox?
    Curious, as we are neighbors and I like your work.

    1. HI Elaine

      We are in Hamilton, my name is Summer, so glad you love the work.
      Much appreciated and stay well 🙂

      Kind regards

  3. I paint landscapes and flowers using oil paints and would like to make reproductions of the original on museum quality canvas. Is your process the best for this or is there another process that prints closer to the original painting’s detail and colors?

    If I send you a thumb drive of photos taken with 1600 to 2,000 pixels, is that what you need?

    Please give me a quote on one 16″x20″ and one 12″x16″ on canvas, mounted on 3/4″ wood frame (not wraparound). These prints will be placed in a frame by me. If they are what I want, I will order more prints of these and other oil paintings. What discounts do you offer?

    1. HI Edward

      Good afternoon.
      Yes, the majority of our clients are photographers and artists, we reproduce their artworks a lot.
      But we mount our prints fully on the frame, it would be great if you can send us more details through email at
      Many thanks for your time and support 🙂

      Kind regards

      1. Hi
        I’m new to printing inkjet canvas prints
        I have realised after a couple of months my canvas colour fading and changing colour
        Can you tell me more how can I stop this from occurring

  4. Hi
    I’m new to printing inkjet canvas prints
    I have realised after a couple of months my canvas colour fading and changing colour
    Can you tell me more how can I stop this from occurring

    1. HI Halima

      Good morning.
      We use genuine Canon fade-resistant pigment inks on your canvas prints,
      each canvas print is hand painted with a Fine-Art-Satin-Print varnish specially formulated for New Zealand conditions.
      This offers great UV protection, enhances colour and depth and increase resistance to scuffing, abrasion and image fading over time.
      Please let us know if you need any further information.
      Thanks a lot 🙂

      Kind regards

  5. Thank you for this information on canvas prints. Your process sounds highly professional.
    I am in Toronto, Canada and I now have better questions to ask printers here.
    Do you ship to Canada?

    1. HI Claire

      Good morning.
      Yes, we do international shipping through New Zealand Post.
      You can send your order either through our website or just email us at
      Thanks so much and please let us know if you need any further information 🙂

      Kind regards

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