A Typogravure is a 19th Century term describing a process of reproducing (printing) an image on paper. Also called a Relief Half Tone, this denotes the half-tone process, a form of Chemical Engraving. Whereas etchings and engravings are created by carving a design into a wood or metal plate, before inking and printing onto paper, a typogravure image is made by creating raised dots (or relief) on the printing plate. The plate is then inked and paper applied under light pressure, rather like a stamp. Colour typogravures began apprearing around the 1890's and were printed using three separate half-tone blocks. The best examples of the typogravure process are on shiny paper.
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9 June 2006
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