Giclée (zhee-klay) is a French word meaning "spurt". A giclée print is a reproduction which is produced digitally by the spurting or spraying of inks onto a surface, which may be identical to that on which the original was created or a substrate made specifically to receive the inks. While traditional printing methods result in uniform dots of four different colors being stamped onto a surface, in the giclée process, the spurts of ink are of variable shapes and sizes, approximating the way that watercolor pigment falls in various shapes and sizes into the depressions in watercolor paper. Thus, depending on the combined skill of the printmaker and the artist in the proofing process, it is possible for a giclée print to look, to the naked eye, identical to the original work of art.
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