What is Giclée Printing?

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Giclée (pronounced zhee-KLAY) was a breakthrough in art printing invented in the 1980s. Giclée is based on the French word gicleur, the technical term for a jet or a nozzle, and the verb gicler, which means to spray. 

The term was coined to describe the large-format, high-resolution ink printers which were a game changer for reproducing fine-art prints. These new printers effectively maintained the color integrity of the original oil paintings while ensuring resistance to fading, resulting in an archival rating which can range from 100-200 years.  

At a minimum Giclée printers must use the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) color process, but can include additional color inputs for even smoother transitions and a wider color gamut. At Artaygo, our printers use 12 different inks in top model printers for maximum color range and quality of printing.