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In intaglio printing an image is incised with a pointed tool or "bitten" with acid into a metal plate usually made of copper or zinc. The plate is covered with ink and then cleaned so that only the incised grooves contain ink. The plate and dampened paper is then run through a press to create the print. The intaglio family of printmaking techniques includes engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, etching, and aquatint.
Above: Jason Benjamin scribing the intaglio plate