graphics<span>/ Print Glossary</span>

Introduction

From Dürer to Picasso to Warhol, printmaking has been an intricate part of almost every great artist's öuvre. Prints are the result of a collaborative process between an artist and a skilled printmaker. The artist creates an original image on a matrix (which may be made of copper, zinc, stone, woodblock, mesh screen, depending on the method to be used) and the printmaker directs the mechanical process of reproducing the original image through the application of ink and the use of a printing press. The distinguishing characteristic of prints is reproducibility; however, prints are not infinitely reproducible. The surfaces upon which the original images are created are very sensitive and can only be used for a limited number of runs. Therefore, prints come in numbered editions.

There are four basic genres of printmaking: Intaglio, Relief Printing, Planographic, and Digital Printing. Each process has its own intricacies and generates very different results. In the following pages we hope to provide you with an understanding of these fundamental printmaking techniques.