The description Giclèe print goes back to the Scitex company with their iris printer, with which, even at the beginning of the 90s, high quality fine art prints could be produced. Only by the end of the 90s could the term Giclèe print be used for other fine art prints produced with great care. In technical terms, a Giclèe print is a high quality, digital inkjet piezo print, which nowadays permits the production of optimal art prints on various fine art materials (hand-made paper, watercolours, canvas).
The durability of current piezo prints is given by the independent Wilhelm Imaging Research Institute (USA) after temporally simulated laboratory tests as a period of up to 70 years and more before any colour change becomes perceptible. Ultimately, the same applies as for original paintings – no direct sunlight, not too bright day or artificial light, not too much atmospheric humidity.
The purpose of colour management is to calibrate all input and output devices and materials used in the production process by spectral-densitometrically computed ICC profiles to a standardized piezo print. This is the only way it is possible to reproduce a picture on different materials with the same colour values and the same grey balance. Colour management requires constant checking of the production process to ensure a uniform standard of quality in all printing materials.