is the oldest printing technique. This printing technique has been around since the 15th century. By cutting off everything that does not form part of the image to be printed, a raised image can be seen. When the processed material is printed (generally on paper), only the areas that have not been cut off are visible. The paper is placed on the image and printed by hand or by using a platen press or letter press. If printed in colour, a separate block is required for each colour. Usually no more than three or four colours are used. Examples of high pressure printing are punch pressure, linocut and woodcut. The woodcut is the oldest graphic technique. Wood has a beautiful structure, but linoleum is easier to work with on account of its smooth structure. Numerous prints can be produced from a woodcut; only a limited number of prints with the linoleum cut.
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