FIRST: the word is pronounced Zhee-clay or (zee
clay). Heavy on the Z The
word giclee dates back to the late 1980s and is a French term meaning
"spray or squirt" which refers to the digital printing process. I cringe
every time I hear this word butchered.
I recently attended a presentation of a company
that sells giclees in great quantities and no one at the company
pronounce the word.
Giclee printing is recognized as the next best thing to owning an
And you can print one or several at a time without having to make the
100 or 1000 piece commitment as with other printing methods. Although on
a print by print basis they are more
expensiveA particular size giclee may be $50 to $75.each and the same size offset
Litho may be $3.00ea; but you
can buy1 to 10 instead of 500 to 1000. And the quality is exceptional. It is
generally archival with a long life
and usually is closely controlled by
Your work can be printed on watercolor paper or canvas. Cost will vary
some because of choice you get to select.
Yourprinter can work from a
furnished picture jpg or scanned image of the work or the original to be
There are anumber of places on the internet that do this type of printing check out