A Giclée is an individual high-resolution digital reproduction produced on a special large format printer. Giclée prints are created from digital scans of existing artwork or directly from computer digital paintings. Giclées can be printed with archival quality inks on any number of media, from canvas, fine-art, and watercolor paper to many non-paper substrates. The term "giclée print" means “the best” in printmaking technology. The giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction, and rivals the traditional silver-halide and gelatine printing processes that is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries. Giclée printing has many advantages over other printmaking methods. Each piece is individually produced allowing the artist to order one reproduction at a time with no obligation to finish an edition. This eliminates the large up-front costs and storage problems associated with offset lithography. Giclée printing affords you more control by giving you the ability to start self-publishing fine art reproductions in modest quantities. The technology provides incredible detail and brilliant color. The resolution (DPI or dots per inch) is actually higher than traditional lithography and results in crisp contrast with rich, intense color. With the proper surface treatment, the image can be retouched with paint to produce another individual "mixed media" piece. Digital artists and photographers find giclée ideal for printing their originals artistic pieces.