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Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process

Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process

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By David Morrish & Marlene MacCallum and 

This book's purpose is to demystify and clarify what is a complex but altogether "do-able" photomechanical process using currently available materials. With this book, you will learn how to:


· produce a full-scale film positive from a photographic negative
· sensitize the gravure tissue to prepare it for exposure to the positive
· prepare the plate and develop the gelatin resist prior to etching
· prepare the various strengths of etching solutions and etch the plate to achieve a full tonal scale
· rework the plate using printmaking tools to correct flaws or to adjust the image for aesthetic reasons
· use the appropriate printing inks, ink additives, quality papers, and printshop equipment to produce a high
quality print

A historical survey and appendices of detailed technical information, charts, and tables are included, as well as a list of suppliers and sources for the materials required, some of which are highly specialized. A comprehensive glossary
introduces the non-photographer or non-printmaker to many of the terms particular to those fields and associated with this process.

Published by Focal Press, 2013. Softcover, 216 pp.