The Definition: The French word “giclée” (pronounced zhee-klay) is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to spray.”
The Term: The term “giclée print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high-resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art and photo-base paper. The giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
The Process: Giclée prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints.
The Quality: The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries and photographic galleries.