(Engraving) When you want a look that separates you from the rest of the pack, Engraving produces impressive results. The inks are totally opaque and allow you to print light colors on very dark stocks. Also, great for real metallic.
For many years, engraving was a process mostly done by skilled craftsmen such as goldsmiths or carpenters, depending on the materials used in the press.
Prior to the fifteenth century, engravers were not trained painters. Instead, prints of drawings or paintings were copied, then etched onto wood or metal.
Once paper became readily available, the quality of engraving declined until the late fifteenth century, when art reproduction rose to prominence.
Regardless of whether or not the artist was also the engraver, often times detailing, signatures or colors were added to prints after leaving the press.
Plates were made from wood for many years. In time, goldsmiths began to engrave in metal.
Like today’s process, ink was rolled across the plate (regardless of material), wiped clean, and pressed against damp paper.
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- Engraving allows for the sharpest detail work possible.
- Engraving inks are perfect for light colors on dark stocks.
- Images are vibrant and if burnished, can reflect light better than foil stamping.
An engraving is only as good as the paper it’s printed on.
Share your work effectively and proudly by printing with these specifications:
- Engraving is often used in the production of identity systems. A smooth or slightly tactile 100% cotton fiber paper is the engravers preferred surface as it is both strong yet soft.
- On heavily textured papers avoid fine type and lines to make sure all your art reproduces to your satisfaction.
- The harder the paper finish the less noticeable bruise on the back of the sheet.
- Coated paper will show bruising around lines and type (called a “cloud look”). Using uncoated paper helps avoid this problem.
- The pressure from the printer can warp thin paper. Quality, heavier stock made with cotton fibers helps prevent this unwanted effect.
Inks that are anything but clear, but the facts are:
- Inks used in the engraving process are water based.
- These inks are opaque, allowing for layering without colors showing through.
- Inks react differently with different types of artwork. Fine details look great using matte inks, whereas broader designs work well with metallic.
- More often than not, ink colors can be chosen from PANTONE® books, both metallic and matte. Consult with your engraver when choosing colors.
Heavy metals meant for fine details and extreme pressure:
- Plates traditionally used in engraving are copper or zinc. Copper plates have a superior quality “bites” evenly, does not distort ink colors when wiped, and holds a desired texture better than zinc.
- Copper is a more expensive plate material. Zinc is cheaper and great for beginners.
- Copper plates last longer than zinc plates.
- Plates are often times hand-tooled by plate makers, even if the engraving process is machine driven.
- Metal engraving plates can be recycled.
While metallic inks on their own look great, burnishing produces a sheen that is unmatched by any other printing technique.
A layered effect can be achieved with engraving because the inks are opaque.
A pre-press function, screening isn’t just a technique used to print large blocks of color. Use screening to achieve unique textures, especially when using light colored matte inks on dark stocks.
Light ink on dark stocks
Inks used in engraving “sit” on top of quality papers. Unlike any other printing method, light colored inks stand out on dark stocks.