What is a giclee reproduction?

Giclee (g-clay) is an elegant, state-of-the-art reproduction. The name comes from a French printmaker's term for "fine spray", and was adopted to distinquish the technique from odinary offset printing. A giclee is created by a digital printer's tiny ink jets that spray millions of droplets of water-based ink onto fine archival art paper or canvas (or linen) known as the "substrate". The combination of specific inks and substrate are carefully selected to assure maximum print longevity.


Thanks to the Frame Haven Gallery Art Dictionary website for this definition.