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Giclee Print Services
Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay”) is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine art digital prints made on ink-jet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used by artists, galleries and print shops to denote such prints.

The word “giclée” was created by Jack Duganne, a print maker working at Nash Editions. He wanted a name for the new type of prints they were producing on the IRIS printer, a large format high resolution industrial prepress proofing ink-jet printer they had adapted for fine art printing. He was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “ink-jet” or “computer generated.” To make the word descriptive of ink-jet technologies he based it on the French language word, “le gicleur”, meaning “nozzle,” or, more specifically, “gicler,” meaning “to squirt, spurt or spray”.

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Giclee Process