is a French word meaning, "a spraying of pigments" (pronounced
"zhee-clay"). With the advent of giclee, the art of
reproducing fine art works has become even more precise. Each piece of
archival paper is carefully hand mounted onto a drum, which rotates
Exact calculations of hue, value and density are acheived by directing over four million droplets of pigment through
sixty-four printer nozzles. This produces a combination of 512 chromatic
changes with over three million color possibilities.
Giclees have the
highest apparent resolution today-as high as 1,800 dpi-4000 dpi and
because a variable dot size is used to create the density of color on
the print, instead of equally sized dots which can only acheive an
effect of 600-1000 dpi. In addition, since no screens are used, the
prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs a color range
that exceeds that of serigraphy.
Displaying the full color spectrum, giclee prints capture every nuance of an original and have gained
worldwide acceptance from artists and the finest galleries.