the name for the process of making high quality fine art prints from
a digital source using high resolution ink-jet printing. The
word "giclée", from the French language word "le
gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to
squirt, spurt, or spray". The term represents any inkjet
based digital print produced to be used as fine art.
Images are typically
generated from high resolution digital scans or digital camera photographs
and printed with archival quality inks onto various paper media including
canvas, fine art, and photo papers. The Giclée printing process
provides excellent color accuracy because digital profiles are used
in the printing process to match the exact qualities of the media being
used to produce the print.
Giclée prints are created using professional
8-Color to 12-Color wide format ink-jet printers. Among the most popular
manufacturers of these printers are Epson, Canon, and Hewlett-Packard.
These modern technology printers are capable of producing amazingly
detailed prints for the fine art and professional photography markets.
A significant advantage of Giclée prints is that once an
image is digitally created and saved, additional reproductions can
be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. Digital files
do not degrade in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another
advantage of Giclée printing is that digital images can be
reproduced to almost any size and onto a large range of media, giving
the artist or photographer the ability to customize prints for a
The quality of the Giclée print rivals traditional
film based photography printing processes and is commonly found in
museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.