intaglio printing

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intaglio printing

[in′tal·yō ′print·iŋ]
(graphic arts)
A printing method in which the printing elements are all below the plate surface, having been cut, scratched, engraved, or etched into the metal to form ink-retaining grooves or cups; surplus ink on the surface must be wiped or scraped off after each inking and before each printing impression.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.