More Affordable than Copper Photogravure
Traditional copper plate photogravure is beautiful and at its best can be superior to polymer, both in terms of tonal range and the number of possible impressions. But do you really need to pay for durability allowing for 1000 prints to be made from a single plate? Even to purists, it doesn't make sense. Intaglio Editions photogravure fine printmaking using polymer can be as much as 10 times less expensive than the traditional route. In most cases it is as beautiful if not moreso depending on the platemaker and printer.
Unlike inkjet or photosensitive print methods, photogravure prints by Intaglio Editions are chemically neutral. Using only the finest oil-based inks and acid-free paper there is nothing inherent in the process that will deteriorate the printed image. Very few methods of printing a photographic image will provide the same handmade beauty and permanence.
See the following video from this AIPAD Panel discussion illustrating the archival limitations of standard photographic and digital prints.
Process, Sizes and Media
Intaglio Editions accepts files submitted via the internet. Check out our file recommendations here. Our intaglio platemaking process employs a custom process using a fine dot aquatint screen on polymer plates to faithfully reproduce your continuous tone photographs and artwork. Current, technical information by Jon Lybrook about our plate and printing processes is available on our site for free, and has been since 2006.
Images may be up to 23x39".
We generally recommend printing on Magnani Revere, Hahnemuhl Warm or Bright White Copperplate archival papers. Other types of paper may be used upon request.
Transportation of Images
Images may be scanned to our specifications and uploaded via a secure website at the time the order is placed. This method is preferable and can save money. Images may be accepted in .TIF or .psd format scanned at 16bit, 360dpi at 100% of the print size, ideally. Please note that digital images will appear different on different computers, monitors, and printers. Files submitted and accepted will be printed "as is". If there is any doubt about the quality of your digital scan, we advise you to have your original images scanned and prepared by a professional, or send them to us for preparation. When possible, mailing us a paper proof of the image as you would like it to be rendered in polymer photogravure is advised.
Original images may be mailed to us via USPS, UPS or FedEx, but must be insured for their perceived value and tracked. Insurance and tracking for the return shipment of any original images sent to us will be added to your bill. We are not responsible for images that may get lost in transit.
Intaglio Printmaking Defined
Pronunciation: in-'tal-(")yO, -'täl-; -'ta-glE-"O, -'tä-
Etymology: Italian, from intagliare to engrave, cut, from Medieval Latin intaliare, from Latin in- + Late Latin taliare to cut -- same roots as the word TAILOR
1 a: an engraving or incised figure in stone or other hard material depressed below the surface so that an impression from the design yields an image in relief b: the art or process of executing intaglios printing (as in die stamping and gravure) done from a plate in which the image is sunk below the surface
2: something (as a gem) carved in intaglio.
Who's the lady in the photo?
That's Isabelle, great-grandmother of the owner of Intaglio Editions. It's an antiquated image that represents the beauty and elegance of the old-timey process of photogravure printmaking.
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