The word “Giclée” is derived from the French word “gicleur” meaning nozzle. It was coined in 1991 to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial “Iris Proofs” from the type of fine are prints artist were producing. The name has come to mean any high quality ink-jet print using fade-resistant “archival” inks and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.
A wide variety of substrates are available including textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolour paper or cotton canvas.
Artists use Giclée prints to make reproductions of their original two-dimensional artwork. Professionally produced inkjet prints are much more expensive on a “per print” basis than the traditional process originally used to make such representations. Inkjet printing has the advantage of allowing the artist to control every aspect of the image.