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Blog posts September 2019

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Fine art digital inkjet printing is printing from a computer image file directly to an inkjet printer as a final output. It evolved from digital proofing technology from Kodak, 3M, and other major manufacturers, with artists and other printers trying to adapt these dedicated prepress proofing machin…

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Giclée Print Advantages

From the admittedly partisan website, Giclée Print Net, Inc., here is a list of giclée print’s advantages:

“Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. O…

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Etymology of the French Word Giclée

Before being applied to the spritz of ink from a computer printer’s inkjet, la giclée was a French noun (in print by 1852 CE) with bountiful explosive meanings.

Une giclée could be: a spurt of blood, a burst of machine-gun fire, a splashing with mud — a…

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Precise Origin of Its English Use

The pre-existing French word was borrowed and applied to such prints by Jack Duganne, a California artist and photographer during the 1990s. Thus he did NOT “coin” the word, as some of the more illiterate but artsy-fartsy websites insist. How could he have, my l…

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Giclee

Here’s a commercial word from the fine arts, now (March 2008) common in English, that ought to be but is not yet included in either the Oxford English Dictionary or the Unabridged Merriam-Webster. Neither of the two largest English dictionaries can deny the breadth of this word's usage. Giclée is …

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