Giclée paper description





A great all-round paper, chosen for its photographic aesthetics, vibrant colour reproduction, high contrast and robust feel. Its semi gloss, flat surface lends the artwork a photographic feel, combined with the subtle painterly feel of a Giclée fine art print. 

 Our most lightweight paper of all Giclées. The surface is resin coated making it our strongest paper.




Selected specially for the warm base quality, this paper compliments neutral tones really well, giving creamy whites and velvety blacks. This is a fibre based paper with a medium gloss coating. 

Overall, a very distintive option compared to other Giclées, due to it's warm tone base. The warm base creates a subtle shift of tone and creates density and vibrancy in colours.

The Baryta is our most sensitive paper when it comes to mounting. Due to its fibers, it's difficult to cut a 100% clean edge and it can fray. We recommend to add a border to the image if you would like to have it mounted.




A pure white Baryta base paper with excellent black density, contrast and reproduction of detail. Great for high contrast images, as well as fluorescent and vivid colours.

The Baryta base creates whiter whites and deeper blacks whilst the silky smooth reflective coating enhances the detail and definition of the images.

We recommend care when handling the print as is a sensitive paper and we advise that you add a border to the image if you would like to have it mounted.




Hahnemüle Pearl has a smooth orange peel texture and a bright neutral white base, it creates really natural black and white images and offers vibrant colour reproduction and great detail too.

The paper is resin coated with a fibrous feel. The satin finish of the resin coating gives depth to the image which combined with the texture and vibrant colour reproduction give the image the feel of an oil painting.

This is one of the most suitable of the Giclée Art Paper range for mounting. 




The super matt finish of Hahnemüle Photorag makes this paper one of our most popular papers amongst artists, illustrators & photographers alike.

The paper gives muted blacks with even colour reproduction, and excellent detail. The surface has minimal texture with a chalky smooth cotton feel which creates smooth colour gradients. It has a delicate surface, so we recommend extra care when handling.

Photorag is suitable for mounting but its cotton texture means edges can fray if not carefuly handled.




This heavyweight paper has a slightly warm base tone and a strong mottled texture. It creates a print with strong colours and deep blacks that feel rich and high in contrast. This is due to the texture of the paper enabling it to hold more ink and capture the light. 

The German Etching is one of our heavier weight Giclée art printing papers. With its weight and strong texture this paper gives an artwork a handmade crafted feel.

Hahnemüle German Etching is a robust Giclée paper, meaning it doesn't tend to fray as much at the edges.




Canson Aquarelle Rag is another highly textured Giclée art paper in our range, offering strong reproduction of blacks and good colour intensity with a texture that holds the ink and catches the light.

This Giclée paper has a white uncoated paper base, which together with the texture gives the artwork a lovely fine art reproduction feel. The texture is even more pronounced than Hahnemühle German Etching so if you are really looking for the craft feel, this is a great option.

Like the German Etching, the Canson Aquarelle Rag is a robust paper that handles mounting well.

Giclée comparison table

paper Paper

  • Epson Semi-Gloss
  • Harman Gloss Warmtone
  • Canson Baryta
  • Hahnemuhle Pearl
  • Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
  • Hahnemuhle German Etching
  • Canson Aquarelle Rag

maximum width print size available Maximun width Print Size Available

  • 60 inch
  • 40 inch
  • 40 inch
  • 40 inch
  • 60 inch
  • 40 inch
  • 40 inch

weight Weight

  • 260 gsm
  • 320 gsm
  • 320 gsm
  • 285 gsm
  • 308 gsm
  • 310 gsm
  • 310 gsm

Texture logo Texture

  • Extra smooth
  • Extra smooth
  • Extra smooth
  • Fine orange peel texture
  • Smooth
  • High texture, spaced (skecthing paper)
  • High texture, tight (watercolour paper)

finish logo Finish

  • Semi gloss
  • Medium Gloss
  • Light Gloss
  • Pearl/satin
  • Matt
  • Matt
  • Matt

paper base tone stamp Paper Base Tone

  • Bright White
  • Warm Creamy Yellow
  • Bright White
  • Natural White
  • Off White
  • Slightly Warm White
  • Warm White

Durability Durability

  • Medium
  • Delicate surface
  • Delicate surface
  • High
  • Delicate surface
  • Delicate surface
  • Medium

My giclée paper choice


Benjamin Buckley

Giclée prints, Epson Semi Gloss

‘Epson Semi Gloss has always been my go-to paper. I draw all my work both digitally and physically and I want my limited edition prints to retain their hand-made feel but with the finish of a digital print. Epson Semi Gloss offers a strong middle ground of a photographic feel with a perfect gloss tone and crisp detail and weight you may expect to find from a traditional screen printing process.’

Travis Hodges

Giclée prints, Hahnemuele Photo Rag

'With one chance at a first impression I want to make sure my work looks it's best, so the prints I put in my portfolio are very important to me. My work is mostly environmental portraiture so there are lots of details, textures and tones within each image, capturing this within a print can be difficult but I find that the Hahneühle paper works wonderfully. I have been using the Hahneühle Photo Rag and Pearl papers for `quite a while now and love that the prints are both durable and reproduce a great tonal range, they feel like a quality object created with care and that definitely makes a good impression on prospective clients.'

Olly Fathers

Giclée prints, Hahnemuele Photorag

‘My work has always concerned simple, clean shapes interacting with a variety of bold colours. theprintspace and their Giclee printers have allowed me to create prints which are perfectly in keeping with my vision. I have found using the Photo Rag paper helps achieve the look I aim for by allowing the ink to absorb into the surface creating a deep matt finish. It also holds colour gradients very well, allowing the subtle tones of colours to blend seamlessly into one another.’

Abi Green

Giclée prints, Hahnemuhle Pearl

'Most of my work tends to be quite graphic and surreal with a bold colour palette, it is really important to me to be able to achieve these vivid colours when printing. Experimenting with different papers, I needed one that would really hold the vibrancy in tones and wide colour range of my images. Often the bright neon like colours on a screen could become muted when printing but with Hahnemühle Pearl it retains every detail and gradient beautifully. The chalky powder fresh texture that you get with Hahnemühle really adds to making the images come to life.'

Dan Hillier

Giclée prints, Canson Aquarelle Rag

‘I took the production of my digital prints to theprintspace a few years ago after looking around as I was impressed by their speedy production, super high quality prints and friendly service.  I print all of my digital editions on Canson Aquarelle Rag because it has a beautiful texture and a lovely weighty feel, and the black and colour inks come out intense, vibrant and clear to an extremely fine degree.’


Chris Baker

Giclée prints, Epson Semi Gloss

'I had an exhibition at The Print Space in Sept 2016, ‘Sunday Football’ to celebrate my book launch of the same name. The guys there were amazing in working out the best way to display everything. We tried a number of different papers and looked at a number of different framing options, my goal was to give the exhibition a premium fine-art presence in the space. In the end we printed extra-large 60 x 80” on the beautiful Epson Semi Gloss that held the colours perfectly, these were mounted to foamex, for a contemporary aesthetic, making sure the eye was completely focused on the print all the way to the edges. The exhibition looked beautiful and without doubt the advice, guidance and running test prints with the studio team, ensured the exhibition looked exactly how I had envisioned.'

Giclées & C-types are different print processes, one created with archival pigment inks and the other through photographic exposure

  • C-types: used mainly by photographers, although occasionally by other visual artists looking for a unique effect. The papers are coated and the prints have a very rounded and photographic feel.
  • Giclées: the preferred choice of illustrators, fine artists, painters, graphic designers and most other other visual artists. Also regularly used by photographers because of the paper textures and art & crafts feel.

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Giclée Printing FAQ

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Why choose Giclée over standard Inkjet printing?

This article will tell you everything you need to know about the Giclée printing process. Most importantly, we tell you what sets Giclée prints apart from the type of prints you can produce on your home printer. Not all Giclées are created equal, so make sure you’re getting the best with our list of the three most important things to look out for in a high quality Giclée print.

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A Giclée print is a high quality archival inkjet print. The word Giclée (pronounced ‘Jee-Klay’ with a soft J), comes from the French verb gicler meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". So, what’s the difference between an inkjet print you produce at home and a professional Giclée print? There are three important distinctions:

Print resolution

Giclée printers have a higher dot per square inch resolution than normal inkjet printers, allowing you to do justice to high quality image files to produce finer, less pixelated prints than you could with a home inkjet printer. Here at theprintspace we use the latest use best-in-class Epson UltraChrome K3 printers, capable of producing print resolutions up to 1440 by 2880 DPI.

Colour range

Like your home inkjet printer, professional Giclée printers use the CMYK color process, except that they feature a multiple ink cartridge, 8 channel print head based on the CcMmYK color model, adding light magenta, light cyan and 3 levels of black. In combination with theprintspace’s in-house colour profiles (which you can download here), our true Giclée prints deliver unrivalled colour accuracy with superior black & whites, exceptional colour gamut and sublimely smooth gradient transitions.

Archival quality

Giclée printers use a higher quality of fade-resistant, archival, pigment-based inks. When applied to high quality archival substrates, like, for example, the Hahnemühle cotton-based, acid free Rag papers we use at theprintspace, this results in an unbeatable archival lifespan of up to 200 years.

Why choose Giclée over C-type printing?

We’re often asked, “what’s better – Giclée or C-type?”. The answer is that each have their own unique strengths, as do each of the papers for each print type, so the choice would depend on the image you’re printing and the effect you want to achieve. For more information on why you might choose C-type over Giclée, see our C-type printing page. This article covers the 3 main advantages of Giclée prints for certain applications.

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Colour range

Unlike C-types, which are continuous tone, chemical process prints, where colours are produced by a chemical reaction, the colours on Giclées inkjet prints are produced by applying pure pigment inks directly to the paper. As a result, you can achieve a wider range of colours (known as the gamut) with an inkjet process, especially the purer colours at the extreme end of the spectrum.

So, if you have an image with bright punchy colours, and having those colours really stand out is an important part of the effect you’re trying to achieve, then you might want to choose Giclée over C-type. On the other hand, C-types handle images with gradual tonal changes better (like human skin tones, for example), so the choice of print type really depends on your image.

True black & white

Professional Giclées use 3 different tones of black and grey ink cartridge. Because these inks can be applied to the paper in pure form (without any colour noise from the other colour cartridges), files prepared in Adobe RGB Grayscale can produce exceptionally clean, colour-cast-free black & white Giclée prints. To find out more about how to get the perfect black & white print, check out our comprehensive Black & White Printing Guide.

Wide choice of print papers

The second reason you might choose Giclée over C-type is the wider choice of paper types. We’ve hand-picked 7 best-in-class printing papers, from photographic substrates to heavy cotton based textured papers, popular with illustrators due to the artily effect of the finished print. See the next article for a guide on how to choose the right paper for your image.

Which Giclée paper should I choose for my image?

Here at theprintspace we have hand-picked 7 of the best-in-class archival art papers from the world’s top producers, including Hahnemühle, Harman and Canson. Each paper has different textures and colour tones, so making the right choice for your images is very important. To help you select the perfect paper for your image, this article looks at the unique features of each of our 7 professional Giclée papers.

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Epson Semi-Gloss

Roll width (maximum print width): 60” (152.4 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 260 GSM

Texture: Smooth with a slight gloss finish

Use notes: Giclée equivalent of C-type Fuji Matt with very similar surface feel and gloss. Gives a photographic feel with good detail and natural colour.

Canson Baryta

Roll width (maximum print width): 44” (111.8 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 310 GSM

Texture: Smooth with a medium gloss finish

Use notes: Alpha-cellulose, acid-free pure white museum-grade fibre-based paper, offering maximum longevity and a traditional fine art feel, similar to black & white darkroom fibre papers.

Harman Warmtone

Roll width (maximum print width): 44” (111.8 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 320 GSM

Texture: Smooth with a medium gloss finish

Use notes: Similar glossy surface to Canson Baryta, but creamier fibre based paper gives warmer whites and more velvety blacks. Surface coating provides a higher degree of glossiness, optical image density and vibrancy.

Hahnemühle Pearl

Roll width (maximum print width): 44” (111.8 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 285 GSM

Texture: Slightly dimpled with a slight gloss finish

Use notes: The slight shine on this Hahnemühle paper holds more detail, producing punchier colours than the Hahnemühle Photorag, whilst the slight texturing maintains the illustrative / painterly feel.

Hahnemühle Photorag

Roll width (maximum print width): 60” (152.4 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 308 GSM

Texture: Smooth with a dry matt finish

Use notes: A cotton-based paper with a very flat matt, chalky feel with no shine at all producing a watercolour feel to the print. Most popular paper with illustrators and graphic artists and also suits black & white photographs very well.

Hahnemühle German Etching

Roll width (maximum print width): 44” (111.8 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 310 GSM

Texture: Slightly dimpled with a dry matt finish

Use notes: A cotton-based paper with a silky canvas-like textured surface. One of the most popular media worldwide for graphic and illustrative artwork, giving the final print a distinctively artily feel.

Canson Aquarelle

Roll width (maximum print width): 44” (111.8 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 787” (20 m)

Weight: 310 GSM

Texture: Highly dimpled with a dry matt finish

Use notes: A cotton-based paper, similar to the Hahnemühle German Etching, but with a more textured feel, and beautifully warm, off-white tones. The very textured surface of this fine art, museum-grade paper means it is used almost exclusively for graphic and illustrative artwork prints.

To find out the best paper type for your image, you can download our colour profiles and soft proof your image in Photoshop. You can also order a print sample pack with all 7 of our Giclée papers and our 4 C-type papers.

I’m new to this - how do I order a Giclée print?

Here at theprintspace we’re absolutely obsessed with producing the perfect print every time. For those in the know, our fanaticism over colour accuracy is second-to-none amongst UK pro-labs. This article tells you everything you need to know to join theprintspace experience!

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Samples & test prints

To really appreciate the feel and quality of each our professional papers, and help you choose the perfect option for your image, you can order a print sample pack online containing all of the 7 Giclée and 4 C-type papers we use at theprintspace. We also offer very reasonably priced test strips either online or in-house so you can see your image on your chosen paper before you commit to producing your final print.

One-on-one advice

You can also call us or visit our Shoreditch Studios for personal one-on-one advice. Under the guidance of our own in-house colour scientist, our highly trained and knowledgeable production team, all of whom are photography or art graduates, are here to assist you every step of the way. We’re open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Preparing your files for print

For beginners, you can prepare your files for print using the default colour profile Adobe RGB 1998. Our machines are calibrated daily with our own in-house colour profiles, so you’ll still get excellent results with the default profile. You’ll need to save your files off at 300 dpi at the desired print size (with any borders added).

For the colour connoisseurs amongst you (we love you guys at theprintspace), download our colour profiles and load them into Photoshop to soft-proof your images on each of our 11 different paper types. We even offer a free screen calibration service, so just bring your screen down to theprintspace and we can geek out together!

Our print studio also has 4 private retouching booths, featuring the latest, fully loaded Mac Pros with Photoshop and Capture One Pro and calibrated Eizo monitors. Please call to book to avoid disappointment.

More printing tips

We also have a detailed printing help and advice section, that goes into much more detail on everything from how to soft proof your images in Photoshop to how to set up the professional digital dark room, and also simple step-by-step guides on all our services, including how to order prints online and how to use our new e-commerce software for selling art online.

Order a sample pack with all 11 of our amazing papers

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If you are new to using professional photo & art printing services then welcome! It’s very simple to start making amazing prints, visit our ‘How to Print’ page to see a short step by step guide.

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