Superb Quality Printing With the Intaglio Press!
By: R Deans
The printing press is among the greatest and most significant inventions that the world has ever known. The invention of the printing press has influenced numerous aspects of everyday life by enabling the written word to be reproduced many times over. Before the use of the printing press, any copies of an original written work had to be duplicated by hand, requiring a lot of time and patience for the single copy. So to reproduce a number of copies it might take an entire lifetime, for this reason books were only really available to the very wealthy.
The intaglio printing press changed this. The Intaglio Press is made up of printing plate which you can use many times allowing numerous reproductions of the piece of work. Suddenly information only accessible to a small number was available to the masses through the manufacture of countless copies with serious repercussions to public education and literacy. It was the decrease in time taken to recreate literature which had the biggest impact, what's more, it meant that official documents and important messages were spread a lot more efficiently. No single invention has changed the way that the world functions to such a degree.
The intaglio printing press has been so successful largely due to its simplicity and ease of use. Firstly, a printing plate must be created, the image to be recreated is incised into the surface of the material to use as the plate. Ink is placed on the printing plate, the ink is then wiped from the top of the plate leaving the ink only in the incisions. The paper is then applied under tremendous pressure to push it into the grooves, transferring the ink where it has made contact. The ink which is held in the grooves, transfers onto the paper as a result of the intaglio press process.
The fundamental principles of the Intaglio printing press remain the same, however as time has passed the procedure has advanced noticeably. Extensive use is made of the intaglio printing press process by the US treasury in the printing of paper currency in this manner on a regular basis. Generally speaking however the intaglio printing press is now used primarily in fine art applications, allowing good quality text or images to be reproduced in an artistic and attractive style.
The intaglio press is certainly an extraordinary invention which has revolutionised so many areas of the world that we live in and has allowed significant amounts of progress. The intaglio printing press allowed much progress within the fields of education, literacy, religion, science and artistic writing, allowing important works to be reproduced in vast amounts and at a very rapid pace. The process used with the Intaglio print press continues to have many uses in today's world and they look set to continue.
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This article was written by R Deans on behalf of Ironbridge Fine Arts, suppliers of Intaglio Printing Presses. for more information about intaglio printing or bespoke framing, please visit ironbridgeframing.co.uk
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