zhee-klay all the way . . .

by bookindian

Actually the word is spelled giclee . . . it was “coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Dugann for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s but has since come to mean any inkjet print.

A lot of “artists” frown on the use of inkjet printers to create multiples of their or any two-dimensional “art” . . . David Hockney received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to produce “fine art” prints using commercial processes instead of traditional stone and metal plate lithography back in the 1980’s.

Most people don’t give a rats ass about “fine art” . . . they buy reproductions of “The Night Watch” and “Blue Boy” to hang on the living room wall or a NASCAR poster of Dale Earnhardt . . . or Elvis Presleyy painted on black velvet bought at a local flea market.

So inkjet reproductions are practical . . . and like the man said, you can print on demand after the BAT (bon a tirer) or final proof approved for printing is “pulled”.

I snagged an image off the Internet and copied it from the screen of my iPad 2 with the iPod Touch 5G using the Hipstamatic double exposure app, then I ran the image through PhotoForge 2, Doublexposure Pro, Camera 4 Line Art + (C4LA) but not in that sequence.

Digital zhee-klay . . .

the Hipstamatic image

. . . after PhotoForge 2


C4LA rendering

the finale . . . after Doublexposure Pro.
Combined the C4LA render and the PhotoForge 2 color image for the final after a bit of tweaking (contrast, lighting and saturation) with the PhotoForge 2 control knobs.

Now if ever I need the image, it’s waiting in my archive . . . for reference.

Oh . . . the original Internet image was a pic of some rock art (petroglyph) from Legend Rock in Wyoming.

And, what’s the difference between a giclee print and a CD/DVD of your fave opera or concerto or movie ?? A big thanks to Graham Nash for understanding the need for high quality digital reproductions of photographs which led to “zhee-klay” . . . thankyouveddymuch !!