An edition is a set of prints or multiples from a printing plate, printing block or other printing matrix.



A monoprint is a unique version of a print—variants rather than multiples.



A monotype uses printmaking methods to create unique images.


Archival Pigment Print, Digital Print or Giclée Print

A digital image printed with an ink jet printer using archival pigment inks.



A photographic process, a cyanotype, aka a blueprint, uses a light sensitive emulsion that turns blue when exposed to UV light.



An intaglio is printed from marks embedded into a printing plate by etching or scratching into the plate.

Ink is applied to the surface of the plate, then wiped off, forcing ink deeper into the scratched lines while cleaning ink from the surface of the plate.


Direct-to-Plate (DTP) Solarplate Intaglio

A solarplate is a steel plate coated with a light sensitive polymer.

In the DTP process, an inkjet printer transfers an image to the solarplate.

The plate is etched using UV (sun) light and water creating texture in the image area

The resulting texture holds ink.


Drypoint Intaglio

A drypoint image is created by scratching into a printing plate.


ImagOn Intaglio

ImagOn is a light sensitive film used for printing computer circuitry.

ImagOn film is applied to a plastic printing plate and etched with soapy water.

The resulting texture holds ink.


Waterless Lithograph

A drawing is created on an aluminum lithography plate using soluble materials.

A silicone film is applied over the drawing then the drawing is washed off.

The silicone is removed along with the drawing exposing the surface of the plate

The silicone remains in the undrawn areas of the plate.

This allows ink to adhere to the exposed areas of the printing plate while the remaining silicone film repels ink.


A thank you to Kevin Harris for providing the detailed information.