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    What is a Giclée print?

    And is it any better than a Canon i9900 print with Tetenal Fine Art Glossy paper?

    Edit: Also, what is the best 8x10 print from a 4x5? What type of printer?
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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    It's vaguely vulgar in French, so whenever I see that word, I think of them as ejaculation prints.

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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    As David said, a vulgar French term, but it refers basically to an inkjet print.

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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    From Wikipedia:

    "The term—from the French verb gicler meaning "to squirt, to spray" . . . sometimes anglicized as giclee, is used to describe any high-resolution, large-format ink-jet printer output with fade-resistant dye- or pigment-based inks. . . . The word giclée was coined by Jack Duganne to represent any digital print used as fine art. Its intent was to distinguish commercial digital prints from fine art prints. . . . "
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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    As far as I'm concerned, it's a way of deceiving people into believing that they aren't getting inkjet prints.

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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Hohenstein View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, it's a way of deceiving people into believing that they aren't getting inkjet prints.
    rather like a "Dye diffusion transfer print" or a "Chromogenic dye coupler print"?
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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    It's vaguely vulgar in French, so whenever I see that word, I think of them as ejaculation prints.
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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    Most of the prints you see called giclee were made in the 1990s. Back then high quality inkjet printers were very expensive and were used mostly for commercial purposes. Artists had to go to a print shop or service bureau to get inkjet prints made. Giclee became synonymous with art prints made from these expensive commercial machines. The name fell out of favor (at least in this country) when the printing technology became cheaper and more widely available.

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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    Giclee print = Iris print. See http://www.largeformatphotography.in...-printing.html
    Not the inkjet printer you have in your office (even if it is a 9800).

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    Re: What is a Giclée print?

    Quote Originally Posted by QT Luong View Post
    Giclee print = Iris print. See http://www.largeformatphotography.in...-printing.html
    Not the inkjet printer you have in your office (even if it is a 9800).
    Unfortunately, common usage now means this term applies to standard ink jet prints as well. Whether that usage is correct or not is another story.

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