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I see this word asscoiated with printig or a printing method but what does the actual word "Giclee" mean?
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It's French for "if I called it 'ink-jet', I wouldn't be able to charge so much".
No....it's English for that. LOL
The term came about because the 'art' galleries had to have a way of describing a particular media on their products without saying - inkjet print. and so Giclee was born.
It has become the way, now, of describing the ouptut of a small range of printers
Yep, its just a posh word for inkjet and saying Giclee instead means you can charge a load more for reprints!
Quote: It has become the way, now, of describing the ouptut of a small range of printers
...but can any photo inkjet print be legitimatly be described as a giclee print?
The verb gicler refers mainly to bodily fluids, so it depends what you're using in your printer.
In contemporary french its quite a rude word, you may find it on the web under 'slang' or on pornography sites.
It does seem to have a polite technical use, in fountains, fire sprinklers, and in milking cows for example.
Unfortunately, it seems the chap in california who didn't like to say inkjet, didn't like jet d'encre either, so he used his dictionary and made up a word, without checking very thoroughly.
Its quite funny really.
I've seen some very heated argument between a photographer in france and one in california as to the real meaning of the word.
I prefer not to use it myself.
True Ewan, but you try telling some Mayfair gallery that your product was Giclee printed on a desktop....out the door!
And to add to the confusion, some call it Giclee and some call it Glicee!
Why not just call it an inkjet that could potentially last 25 years in the right conditions(itcpl25yitrc)? Right conditions are probably in a shoe box under the bed or in the loft!
Quote: Why not just call it an inkjet that could potentially last 25 years in the right conditions(itcpl25yitrc)?
Ummm, I think you've just answered your own question...
Judging by the definition it looks like an Epson R800 or R1800 could be legitimately termed a Giclee printer. 8 inks with archival qualities (50 years)
Maybe I should start trying harder to sell my prints.
Serenity for 200 anybody? lol
A mere toy
I know that and you know that Keith, but the people defining giclee don't seem to have taken it into consideration. :0)
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