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What does the word "Giclee" actually mean?


GeoffS e2
10 117
12 May 2005 9:38PM
I see this word asscoiated with printig or a printing method but what does the actual word "Giclee" mean?

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ejtumman e2
10 2.8k England
12 May 2005 10:33PM
Try HERE
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
12 May 2005 11:42PM
Jet Spray
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2005 11:44PM
squirt
joolsb e2
10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
12 May 2005 11:57PM
It's French for "if I called it 'ink-jet', I wouldn't be able to charge so much".

Smile
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 May 2005 12:11AM
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
13 May 2005 12:22AM
Yep, its just a posh word for inkjet and saying Giclee instead means you can charge a load more for reprints!
Ewan e2
11 381 Scotland
13 May 2005 12:37AM

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
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 12:56AM
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 e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 May 2005 1:00AM
True Ewan, but you try telling some Mayfair gallery that your product was Giclee printed on a desktop....out the door!
sabretalon e2
10 1.9k United Kingdom
13 May 2005 1:29AM
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 e2
10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
13 May 2005 1:35AM

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 e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 1:40AM
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 e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 May 2005 2:14AM
R1800?

A mere toy
Wink
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 2:28AM
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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