What is intaglio printing?

In intaglio printing the plate surface is incised and the resulting lines are printed. Once covered with ink, the finished plate is wiped clean and only the incisions retain the ink, which then creates the final image on the paper when put through the printing press. Examples of intaglio printing are etching, drypoint, engraving, photogravure, heliogravure, aquatint, and mezzotint. The reverse of intaglio printing is relief printing.

 

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