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colour printing

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From the beginning of western printing, introducing colour was an important goal. Medieval books had been colourful, due to the illumination of images and borders and to rubrication for...

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copying machines

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Devices and technologies for multiplying copies, typically from a pre-existing ‘original’, or a purpose-generated printing or transfer surface. Most copying methods have been based on...

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mimeograph

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*Stencil duplicator introduced by A. B. Dick (Chicago) in 1887. ‘Mimeograph’ and ‘mimeographing’ became generic terms for stencil duplicators and duplicating. See also copying machines.

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planography

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A term used to describe a surface technique of printmaking, such as lithography or screenprinting, as opposed to relief or intaglio where the surface of the printing plate or block is cut...

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pochoir

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(French, ‘stencil’)

A highly skilled stencil technique practised in a specialized workshop and used for making multicolour prints, for tinting black-and-white prints, and for...

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print

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An image or design impressed or stamped on a support such as paper or fabric. The term encompasses a wide range of techniques used to produce multiple versions of an original design. See...

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relief printing

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[It. rilievo] A large class of printing processes, including the principal process used for printed book production in the West from c.1450 to the mid-20th century: typographic printing...

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screenprinting

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A printing technique based on stencilling, originally used for commercial work but now popular with artists for creative printmaking. The essence of the technique is that a fine mesh...

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security printing

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Speciality printing techniques for products needing high security, and for which the printing is part of the solution. Compound-plate printing was developed and patented in 1819 by Sir...

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typewriter

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The typewriter is a writing machine by means of which alphabetical characters may be printed at considerable speed with the use of a keyboard. Prototypes date back at least to ...

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wallpaper

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Decorated paper applied to walls as a surface covering by means of a paste glue. It could be found in France and England as early as the late 15th century as a cheap alternative to leather...

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woodcut

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Term applied to the technique of making a print from a block of wood sawn along the grain and also to the print so made. Although the term is often loosely used for any type of print made...

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