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Printing Techniques

REPRODUCTION

The value of an artwork is determined by many factors, one of which is the printing technique.  If you purchase original artworks, printing techniques are of no consequence to you.  If, however, you sometimes purchase reproduced or non-original works, you should be aware of some different techniques that are used to duplicate art.  Keep reading for an introduction to some common reproduction styles.


LITHOGRAPH

a) the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing.
b) a similar process in which a substance other than stone, as aluminum or zinc, is used

SERIGRAPH

a) a print made by the silkscreen process.

LINOCUT

a) a design cut in relief on linoleum mounted on a wooden block
b) a print made from such a design

ETCHING

a) the act or process of making designs or pictures on a metal plate, glass, etc., by the corrosive action of an acid instead of by a buring
b) an impression, as on paper, taken from an etched plate.
c) the design so produced.

GICLEE

a) squirting or spraying of ink so as to recreate the original image

 

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