What is a Giclée?

From the French verb "to spray", the word Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is used to describe a digital fine art printmaking process. Giclée prints are created using a high-resolution inkjet printer. Images or paintings are carefully scanned and reproduced using stable pigment-based inks.

Giclée are digital reproductions of original artwork. Paper or canvas is individually mounted onto a drum which rotates during printing. As the drum spins, a fine stream of ink droplets (four million drops of water-based inks per second) spray onto the chosen archival medium. After the artist and printer carefully choose the perfect proof, the printer applies protective waterproof and UV coating to the final version. The finished piece is then personally signed by the artist, creating a perfect representation of the artist's thoughts, translated digitally.

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