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Giclée (pronounced "zhee-CLAY") is derived from a French word that means a spray or a spurt of liquid.

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 surfaces, including canvas and paper. The giclée printing process provides better quality accuracy than other means of reproduction.

Giclée prints are created typically using professional 8- to 12-color ink-jet printers. These are commercial printers, not the typical desktop printers used by PCs. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.

Each giclée is produced from a digital image file. Once the file has been archived, there is no risk of deterioration in quality as can occur with negatives and film. The digital image also may be reproduced to almost any size onto various media.

The quality of giclée prints rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes. They are commonly found in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as high-end art galleries.


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