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<etching (printmaking process)>

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Use for the intaglio process in which the design is worked into an acid-resistant substance coating the metal printing plate; the plate is exposed to acid, which etches the plate where the metal is exposed. For the single step of exposing the plate to acid, use "biting."

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intaglio (printmaking)


12yrs ago

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