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What does the word "Giclee" actually mean?

keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 2:29AM
But I think the Mayfair gallery and the linguistic purist have both lost the battle - the word is widely used now for any half decent inkjet print.
The gallery can restrict the type of print they accept, but not the normal use of the word.
On the other hand, 'inkjet' is much more acceptable now, in fact many people now seem to think that 'digital' means 'superior'. So maybe the g word is not really needed.

But aren't they all just photographs ? Or is that a different can of worms ?

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digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 2:34AM
Different can of works Keith. They are all photographs but would you want to part with your hard earned cash for a photo done on a 10 year old inkjet with a tri-colour cartridge and no fade resistance? At least the definition (well the one I saw anyway) specified 8-12 cartridges and archival quality inks.

keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 2:46AM
Sorry, that was intended as mildly facetious. I can't really take the subject seriously.
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 2:49AM
oh I don't know, I can see a niche in Southport for a giclee printing service. lol
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 3:41AM
Hmmm. But I feel maybe the south coast is too close to france.
A few years back there was a twinning association at Honiton, in south east Devon. They had the froggies over for a week, and made a do of it.
One enterprising lady put a big sign in her dress shop window


Which I believe means DIRTY FRENCHWOMEN.

The french ladies had a grasp of english and a good sense of humour, so it went off alright.
But one very embarassed shopkeeper.
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 3:44AM
lol, love it.

There is a jeweller in Southport with the name Connard. Robbie and I have a snigger every time we walk past his shop. :0)
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 4:42AM
Theres a lot of them around!
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 4:46AM
No kidding
mack 14 290 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 9:10AM
Quote - Term: Gicle
Gicle fine art print refers to a digital reproduction using state of the art inkjet technology. The name comes from the French word Gicle (pronounced Zhee-Clay) that means fine spray". Not any digital print is a Gicle however, only digital prints that are created on special high resolution printers utilizing specially formulated inks and media under strict printing standards.

I suppose now you will find that the latest printers with multiple cartridges and fine droplets come very close if not the same.

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 May 2005 10:27AM
I'll give you 'close'
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2005 11:11PM
First time I heard about this, the printers were iris, and the specs did not look very good - something like 720dpi and 4 colour dye ink.
Although bare numbers may not be the whole story, and things have moved on, looking at these Iris printers .

But even that was 2 years ago - a long time in inkjet development.
Seems like the goalposts move with the technology.
ellis rowell 14 2.0k United Kingdom
14 May 2005 12:39AM
Yes Keith.

Things do move on, most Epson printers are now capable of 2440dpi and some double that. Even laser printers are now capable of 2400dpi at reasonable prices. Where will it end?
AdrianTurner 14 350 Wales
14 May 2005 1:43AM
A question for those who know

Would a print from an

< Epson 2100 using Epson Utrachrome inks @ 2880dpi on Epson Archival Matt paper >

be considered to be a Gicle print? It seems to fit the criteria set out in a number of definitions I have read but surely there is more to it than that?

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 May 2005 1:58AM
It's easy to read the spec on a desktop and see the dpi figures and then compare them against an Iris machine, but in all honesty, there can be no comparison. The Piezzo head on a a desktop Epson only shares it's name with the head on an Epson wide format printer.
bacchus180 14 141
14 May 2005 3:22AM
I've got a 4000 pro ...does that mean I'm turning out giclee prints without realising it...? I think the price has just gone up again

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