The Difference Between FineArt and Ordinary Print

FineArt print


Maybe you’ve stumbled across the term “FineArt” print here and there and wondered what it is.

Also known as giclée printing (from French gicler = spraying), pigment inks are applied to archive-resistant precious papers in this printing process, in contrast to the dye inks used in ordinary printers such as HP printers that also have features like the HP scan to email. In this way, the photos become real works of art that last for generations.

Most people understand the difference immediately when they first hold one in their hand.

Differences in print quality

To do this, it is best to take the respective prints in your hand and compare them live and in color. The FineArt prints have a much finer tonality and look more plastic, and color-intensive.

Since normal prints are not color calibrated, it is more or less left to chance how the colors come out in print. Often cheap prints look color cast, fluffy, or both together. My computer, on the other hand, is matched to the print service provider in the color calibration, so that the colors are exactly as expected.

The prints of my FineArt collection are also printed on such papers.


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Differences in durability

Cheap prints fade over time, especially when exposed to light. Giclée prints, on the other hand, are lightfast because they have museum quality.

I am always shocked at how little is still recognizable in old photos from my childhood. Presumably, in a few years, almost nothing will be recognizable. Too bad for the treasures that hold my most precious childhood memories. This is another reason why I only offer photographs of archive/museum quality. Because my customers should get the best pressure that is feasible. And one that will survive the years.

Which FineArt paper is the right one?

There are various FineArt papers on the professional market that differ in feel and look. My customers usually choose a heavy, matte cotton paper with a fine texture, whose depth and color reproduction are simply incomparable. It is ideal for color and black and white shots. Since it is relatively scratch-sensitive, I usually sell it already framed or in Passepartout.