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Preparing the Plate
Preparing the Image
Transferring the Image to the Plate
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The Photogravure Process
Preparing the Plate

A step in preparing the printing plate: tarnish is removed from the plate with dilute acid

Aquatint particles are distributed on the plate with a wind vane
HE FIRST STEP in making a photogravure print is preparing the printing plate. This pure copper plate must be thoroughly cleaned, its surface highly polished, and its edges beveled (to avoid damaging the paper during printing). Next it is evenly dusted or sprayed with an acid resist of rosin or asphaltum, and heated to make the resist adhere. This procedure is identical to that of aquatint print-making, so early photogravures were sometimes called photo-aquatints. The aquatint preserves approximately 50% of the plate surface and creates a web of high points surrounding each cell.

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