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An inkjet print is a monochrome or colour image produced with an inkjet printer using a digital file, whether the original matrix is digital or stems from the digitisation of an analogue matrix (negative or slide).

The image is produced through the projection of ink droplets onto a substrate. The ink may be based on dyes, solvents or pigments. The process was initially developed in the 1950s by IBM, then by Siemens. These companies developed the first inkjet printers, originally designed for printing text. The first inkjet photos date back to the late 1980s with the launch of the IRIS printer, the pioneer in Fine Art or "Giclée" prints.

Pigment inkjet prints were introduced in the 1990s. They were produced with liquid pigment inkjet printers, using an intermittent (non-continuous) printing system. This printing process is known as DOD – Drop on Demand: the ink droplets are ejected on demand using a thermal or piezoelectric system.

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