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What does the word "Giclee" actually mean?

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GeoffS
GeoffS  9117 forum posts
12 May 2005 - 9:38 PM

I see this word asscoiated with printig or a printing method but what does the actual word "Giclee" mean?

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ejtumman
ejtumman  92756 forum posts England
12 May 2005 - 10:33 PM

Try HERE

keithh
keithh  1022561 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2005 - 11:42 PM

Jet Spray

peterjones
peterjones e2 Member 123786 forum postspeterjones vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2005 - 11:44 PM

squirt

joolsb
joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2005 - 11:57 PM

It's French for "if I called it 'ink-jet', I wouldn't be able to charge so much".

Smile

keithh
keithh  1022561 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2005 - 12:11 AM

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

contemporary dave

Yep, its just a posh word for inkjet and saying Giclee instead means you can charge a load more for reprints!

Ewan
Ewan  11381 forum posts Scotland
13 May 2005 - 12:37 AM


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?

keith selmes
13 May 2005 - 12:56 AM

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.

keithh
keithh  1022561 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2005 - 1:00 AM

True Ewan, but you try telling some Mayfair gallery that your product was Giclee printed on a desktop....out the door!

sabretalon
sabretalon  101918 forum posts United Kingdom
13 May 2005 - 1:29 AM

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!

joolsb
joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2005 - 1:35 AM


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...

Wink

digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2005 - 1:40 AM

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

Ian

keithh
keithh  1022561 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2005 - 2:14 AM

R1800?

A mere toy
Wink

digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2005 - 2:28 AM

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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