What is an offset print?

A type of planographic printing, offset printing is linked to the lithographic process. It involves transferring the original design from a stone or plate to a rubber blanket which is then used to print the final image.

Producing high quality prints with sharp edges and clear outlines, offset printing is both efficient and economical. It prolongs the life of the stone or plate, as these never come in direct contact with the paper. Offset printing was first developed around 1875. For examples of offset printing see Tacita Dean’s FILM Still for ACCA, 2013, Thaddeus Strode’s Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die, 2013, or Christo’s Wrapped Statues, Sleeping Fawn, 2000.

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