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    Printmaking: What's the deal?

    So I've often seen artists talking about the process of printmaking and alluding to various trials, tech specs, and hiccups they've encountered along the way.

    Basically, it seems like it's a pretty involved process.

    What am I missing? Is it not just a matter of sending a few pdfs to a printer and picking your paper stock? I don't really understand why it seems like such a hands on, manual process for a lot of artists.

    I'm sure I'm missing a lot of info here. Any artists out there familiar with the process and what it involves? I'd be interested to hear about your experience and the steps you took, if you're keen on sharing. Thanks!

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    You're referring to having prints made of your work, right? 'Printmaking', the word, actually refers to a group of art mediums where you make plates that can be used to print off an image. Some forms of printmaking you may have heard of are intaglio, lithography, woodblock printing, and monotyping.

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    There was a time when there was no such thing as a .pdf file and a printer was a big old thing that looked like a wine press.

    There is relief printing such as woodcuts where the printing ink is on the raised places. Other forms, such as engraving, have the ink in the valleys and the raised places are wiped off before the print is pressed. Other forms, such as lithography have no peaks or valleys at all.

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    Even if you're just sending stuff to get printed, you have to ensure that calibrations match. The number of times I'm disappointed in an art book as some of the colours were just not right is criminal.

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