A Hybrid Approach to Photogravure on Copperplate

The text and the images on this post have been published as an article in the Newsletter No4 (December 2016) from the Analogue Group of the Royal Photographic Society. Reference/Citation: MITJÀ, Carles (2016) A hybrid approach to photogravure on copperplate. Analogue (4) pages 3 to 6. Bath: The Royal Photographic Society. Photogravure was part of …

Tower of Babel

Some days ago its been a discussion in Facebook about the correct word defining different printing techniques. It is a periodically recurrent discussion about the correct word to name a photogravure print, depending on the way it was generated. A paragraph in the discussion said: “... referred to her etchings as engravings--a much different technique.” …

Heliogravure V – About Etching

In photogravure on copperplate, etching  is commonly done by immersing the plate in several solutions of ferric chloride of different concentration. As the pigmented gelatin is thicker where the image tone is higher, the trick is to allow the ferric chloride to penetrate before the thin gelatin in the shadows areas  and progressively do the …

First Heliogravure Print

After some troubles and a quantity of trials with Grayscale step wedges, here is my first Heliogravure image. The plate measures 145x165mm and the image 120x120mm. I have used an stochastic screen digitally designed and printed on high contrast photographic film in a Pre-press service bureau. The digital image was edited in Adobe Photoshop and …