Engraving techniques

If you've ever looked closely at the dotted lines running throughout a £10 note and been struck by the fine quality of its illustration, you've already come face to face with a printing technique known as engraving.

Engravings are part of an age-old tradition of printing. To create an engraving, an artist will burn an image on to a metal plate using chemicals. The plate is then inked and run though a printing press. Pressing paper to the inked metal will produce the image, giving almost photo-realistic results.

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