January 13, 2012 4:59pm
The term giclee is derived from the word “gicler” meaning “to squirt”. Giclee refers to a method of creating fine art prints. Jack Duganne, a printmaker, coined the term giclee. He wanted do describe the ink jet technology without being associated with the negative connotation “ink-jet” brings to fine art works. Artists use giclee printing when making reproductions of their original artwork or photography. Traditionally making reproductions are made using the four-colour offset lithography process. Whilst cheaper in the long run, an artist wanting only to duplicate a couple prints would have better luck with giclee printing. This is because with the four-colour offset lithography process the initial cost is created when making the printing plates. As copies are produced the cost is distributed throughout each print. Giclee printing however allows the artist to duplicate the print whenever he or she needs. Giclee printing is also advantageous because it allows the artist or photographer to choose the details of the reproduction such as the color and substrates that they print on. For more info check out Metroprint Giclee prints!