A. Giclée ( pronounced “Zhee-Clay”) is from the French language word “le gicleur” meaning “nozzle” or more specifically “gicler” meaning “to squirt, spurt , or spray.” It is an invented name used to describe the process of making fine art reproductions from a digital source, using high quality ink jet printers. The digital source may be from original art, photographs, or even computer generated art. Although it is ink jet technology, Do not mistake it for your desktop printer at home. The process is far more sophisticated than that. And even though the process is digital, keep in mind... Not all digital prints are Giclées. Giclée printers have to adhere to strict printmaking standards to be able to call their prints Giclées. All in all, Giclée printing provides a luminosity and brilliance that represent the artist’s original work better than any reproduction technique available today. It is recognized as “the next best thing to owning the original”.
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