Relief printing is the oldest graphic technique. With a gouge, sections of a block of wood or a sheet of linoleum are cut away so that they cannot take on any ink. The remaining surface is then higher than the cutaway parts, of course. Printing is mainly done on paper, with the aid of various kinds of presses.

Intaglio is a technique with a sheet of copper or zinc, where images are created by means of engraving or gouging out grooves or creases. At pressing, the grooves are filled with ink and the image is thus transferred to paper. Another way to create creases is to use acid to eat out a shape. This process is called ‘etching’.

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