One of the beauties of the giclée pre-processing in creating my fine art prints is control over how much ink goes onto the paper. However, “Lots” is a bit of a simple answer. It’s dictated by the resolution of the final work; although, this isn’t as high-resolution as the printer runs.
Like many of my pieces, the finished print is on 300gsm pure cotton watercolour paper. The digital original/artwork filesize is 1.3GB, giving a print image density around 600 dots per inch. Were it the output from a camera, it’d be comparable to over 60 megapixels. My target print size is 12″ x 18″, but you could easily run it off as large as A1. Any larger and you’d start to lose the depth.
The below excerpts are, from necessity, scaled down from the originals. You can still get a feel for the detail level, though.