Print Process

All of William Thomas’ River Thames prints are custom printed as giclée prints. The colours of a giclée print are generally deep and saturated and retain the original detail, tint and blend.

What is Giclée?
Giclée (zhee-clay) means “spray of ink”.

Giclée printmaking has been around for approximately 15 years since its development in America. Unlike traditional lithographic printing process, it is produced by a continuous inkjet printer spraying a million droplets of ink per second onto the print paper to give an apparent visual resolution of over 1800 dpi (dots per inch).

The result is an extremely high quality digital art print, with a continous tone which replicates the original work on canvas. They are then usually framed as would be an original oil painting. The technique is slower than lithographic printing, but the end result is a print rich in colour, with a flawless velvety texture that matches the feel of the original.

Print Quality
All of the prints available to buy on the River Thames Path are printed onto high quality archival substrates using specialised inks. As well as continuous tone the prints have remarkable colour saturation. Distinguishing one from an original can be very difficult, even to the expert eye.

The paper used is normally acid-free calcium carbonate-buffered archival watercolour paper or fine archival-quality cotton canvas coated with an acid free primer. The ink and paper combinations generally used meet the light-fastedness standards of the Fine Art Trade Guild’s blue wool scale and the Wilhelm Imaging Research in America.