What is Giclée?
The word Giclée (pronounced Gee Clay) was created by Jack Duganne, a print maker working at Nash Editions, the world’s first professional fine-art digital printmaking company.
He was specifically looking for a word that would not have negative connotations of “inkjet” or “computer generated”, so he came up with the word Giclée.
Based on the French word Gicleur, which means “nozzle”, the verb form gicler means “to squirt, spurt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with archival paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.
Our Giclée prints are created using an Epson 9880 with Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, which with the 8 channel print head is capable of producing an extremely wide tonal range and colour gamut.
The Giclée printing process involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper or canvas. The image is colour corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original work if required. The digital information is fine tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring fidelity to the original.
Giclée prints are printed on a variety of substrates or mediums, the most common being cotton rag, canvas or Giclée paper. At Giclée Portugal Prints we only use genuine Giclée papers that have been popular for many years. These papers transform a photograph into a painterly, soft image that adds a classy, decorative feel making it perfect for everything from portfolios to art prints for exhibitions.