What does the term Giclèe mean?

April 23, 2013




Giclèe (pronounced – zhee-clay) – In the 1990’s, this term was used to distinguish between a carefully produced Fine Art Prints made on large format printers (Mostly IRIS printers) from basic desktop prints.

Giclée is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s but has since come to mean any inkjet print. It is often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to denote high-quality printing but since it is an unregulated word it has no associated warranty of quality. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giclée)