Inkjet / Giclée

About Giclée

The Term : From the French “le gicleur”, meaning “nozzle”, or more specifically “gicler”, meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”, the term “giclée” in simple terms refers to any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. In recent years, the word “giclée,” as a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant archival inks, archival substrates, and the inkjet printers that use them. The giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Term (Version II): In simple terms, the word “giclée” refers to any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. From the French “le gicleur”, meaning “nozzle”, or more specifically “gicler”, meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”, the word “giclée,” as a fine art term, has in recent years come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant archival inks, archival substrates, and the inkjet printers that use them. The giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process : Giclée prints are created at Centric Photo using professional Epson UltraChrome ink-jet printers. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.

The Quality : The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is now commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

The Advantages : Giclée prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclée printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.