SO WHAT IS GICLÉE?
What is giclée? It is simply the French word for ‘to squirt’. It is a neologism coined in 1991 by a printer, Jack Duganne. It refers to his method of printing using modern inkjet printers.
These days the term is taken loosely to refer to a high-quality ‘fine art’ inkjet print.
As a ‘standard’ I’d define it as follows:
A fine art giclée print is produced on archival grade inkjet papers or canvas, using the very best pigment inks. These prints are designed to allow the very best reproductions, they are lightfast and created to last a lifetime.
Beware of the term ‘Art Prints’. Some printers use this term but these are usually not archival quality. The are a cost effective alternative but are far from the same standards. They will often not be lightfast and are very unlikely to stand the test of time. When you are looking to place work into limited editions and want the very best quality for your clients, then giclée printing is the right process.