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High quality, fine arts, archival images output by inkjet printers - using premium inks and papers - are called Giclée (zhe-clay) prints by galleries and museums that display them.

Giclée is French for spray and was coined by a printmaker in the 1980s who did limited editions of art prints on costly Iris inkjet printers. They wanted to differentiate between the high quality of his work and the low-quality output of most inkjet printers of the time.

Today, the term Giclée has become synonymous with superior inkjet printing done by and for photographers, graphic designers and artists demanding the ultimate quality for reproduction of their works.

For brilliant, exquisite color and razor sharp detail, Giclée is unsurpassed. It is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry and has been widely embraced by major museums, galleries, publishers and artists. A Giclée Print is simply the closest duplication of an original artwork or photograph that is humanly, mechanically or technically possible.

While many modern printers are capable of producing the technical elements of Giclée printing such as micro dot size and a wide color gamut, only a limited number of ink and paper combinations can achieve the requisite quality image output that entitles them to be called "Giclée Prints

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