Giclée

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Giclées and signed, limited edition archival inkjet prints of your favorite
paintings made under the artist's direct supervision coming soon. These
special print formats will be produced on site at VisArts on high quality large
format printers under the supervision of master printers. Each print will be
color-matched to the originals and made to my exacting standards to assure
you the highest quality reproductions of my work on long-lasting archival
substrates with the option of special UV varnishes.



A little background for now from wikipedia:


Giclée (pronounced /ʒiːˈkleɪ/ "zhee-clay" or /dʒiːˈkleɪ, from French [ʒiˈkle]) is a
neologism for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet
printing. The word "giclée" is derived from the French language word "le gicleur"
meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". It
was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working in the field, 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 art prints
artists were producing on those same types of printers. The name was originally
applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early
1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in
galleries and print shops to denote such prints.


The earliest prints to be called "Giclée" were created in the late 1980s on the Iris
Graphics models 3024 and 3047 continuous inkjet printers (the company was later
taken over by Scitex, now owned by HP). Iris printers were originally developed to
produce prepress proofs from digital files for jobs where color matching was critical
such as product packaging and magazine publication. Their output was used to check
what the colors would look like before mass production began. Much experimentation
took place to try to adapt the Iris printer to the production of color-faithful,
aesthetically pleasing reproductions of artwork. Early Iris prints were relatively
fugitive and tended to show color degradation after only a few years. The use of newer
inksets and printing substrates has extended the longevity and light fastness of Iris
prints.

Beside its association with Iris prints, in the past few years, the word “giclée,” as a fine
art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant "archival" inks
(including solvent inks) and the inkjet printers that use them. These printers use the
CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color
based on the CcMmYK color model (e.g. light magenta and light cyan inks in addition
to regular magenta and cyan); this increases the apparent resolution and color gamut
and allows smoother gradient transitions.