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What is a Giclee Print?

What is a Giclee Print? – A giclee print (pronounced ge-KLAY)┬áis a fine art print made with a high-end inkjet printer. In the giclee printing process the artwork is captured, proofed and printed digitally. These prints are reproduced using incredibly precise printers and archival inks. giclee prints are quickly being recognized by the world’s leading galleries and museums as the finest reproductions available to date.

The word giclee was coined by Jack Duganne in the early years of the digital printmaking business. Giclee was derived from the French word “gicler”, which means to spray or squirt a liquid. The term was developed so that artists, galleries, and dealers would not have to market their prints under the generic label of “inkjet” prints. The term giclee is meant to be applied only to archival digital prints made with fine art paper or canvas.

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