Giclée printing is a form of reproduction that allows artists to print high-resolution copies of artwork that have been digitally saved or created. This process requires a large-format inkjet printer that exceeds the standard four-cartridge ink system of average inkjet printers. Technically, Giclée can refer to any inkjet printing, but generally it is used to specifically denote high-resolution printing. According to Wikipedia, the term Giclée was coined in 1991 by a printmaker named Jack Duganne and derives from the French noun gicleur (nozzle) and French verb gicler (to squirt, spurt or spray).
Basically, the appeal of this type of printing for artists is that the old industrial machines would make hundreds or thousands of copies at a time and cost quite a bit of money. With Giclée, artists can make a high-grade reproduction of a piece of art as it is ordered for minimal costs without sacrificing quality. Since this technique was developed, multiple pieces of Giclée artwork can be found at galleries and museums in some of the world’s biggest cities. In fact, photographer Annie Leibovitz has sold Giclée prints for over $10,000. Continue reading “What is Giclée Printing?” »