Giclée is 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 specific client.
The quality of the Giclée print rivals traditional film based photography printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.