Inkjet or Giclée?

On the surface, giclée printing and inkjet printing seem pretty much the same. Both techniques use liquid ink fired through specially designed print heads. However, the terms have evolved to refer to separate and specific printing methods and there are major differences between the two.

Inkjet: Inkjet printing refers to desktop application printing, that is, personal machines (also known as small format) that sit on the desktop and print to plain paper from applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and graphics applications (PhotoShop, CorelDRAW!). Archivability and color fidelity aren't major issues in inkjet printing and output is preserved by storing it away from strong light.

Giclée: Is a French term referring to "squirting" liquids. In art terminology, giclée applies to squirting microscopic ink droplets onto art materials such as canvas or watercolor paper using a computer-driven printing device for the purpose of art production or reproduction. To be a true giclée, the prints must be printed on art material (canvas, watercolor paper, etc.), be able to be printed at any size and use high-gamut, moisture-resistant, archival inks. Giclées are specifically targeted to being displayed in indoor lighting; generally bright, direct lighting, such as galleries or offices. Quality reproduction, color fidelity and long term archivability are the major attributes of our GicléeChrome™ printing machines.

The high resolution piezo electric print heads on our GicléeChrome™ printing machines can squirt ink with greater force and landing accuracy than their thermal inkjet counterparts. The GicléeChrome™ printing machines are designed to handle art materials and are self cleaning. They are more reliable than the thermal head printers that are designed for poster and sign printing applications.