It’s An Inkjet Print

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The word “Giclée”, pronounced Zhee-Clay, is derived from the French word “le gicleur” meaning “Nozzle” because that’s what you are if you buy or sell one as art.

Some dude invented the word in 1991 so he could charge more for his digital inkjet prints. They were originally used as press proofs for real printing. You know, the kind where somebody gets dirty? Giclée prints can run up to $10,000+ depending on size.
For an ink. jet. print.

He went with a French name for this travesty because the French are great artists, so naturally they would make great injket prints. It has to be legit art with a French name, right?

They’re usually printed on the most expensive acid-free, archival, rag paper the would-be artist can find because they need some reason to justify the price and title as a fine art print. If that’s not enough to prove it’s real art, sometimes they’ll run canvas through their inkjet printer and sign it because that’s what a real artist would do, right?

Some of these crooks even have the gall to number their prints. Like what, you’re going to delete the Photoshop file when you’re done making your “edition”?

Nothing that’s made via File > Print is fine art.
No amount of latte drinking or Air/Radiohead listening while you replace your ink cartridges will change that.

Make clicky on the Epson above to see the couilles (that’s French for balls) these people have.