We have invented an entirely unique method of producing photogravure plates using a Cone Editions Piezography driven calibration method. We have a unique printer driver that assimilates very fine aquatint. There is no mechanical screening used. The acuity of this system is therefore much finer than traditional methods of making gravure plates. We are able to make photogravure plates from digital images that produce gravure prints that match a calibrated display. The gravures are hand inked and printed on a variety of different traditional printmaking papers with an intaglio press. Check this video to see how we do what we do.
We charge separately for making a gravure plate, for a proofing session, and for printing the gravures in an edition. We can also offer binding if you are interested in special portfolios or projects. You can check out one of our basic bindings here: https://youtu.be/N_eubAkjvs4
If you would like us to make gravure plates for you to print on your own etching press, we charge more for this service than if we are making the plate for us to print on our etching presses.
Read to Print Gravure Plates
You supply the image and we produce the plate either to send to you for printing in your studio, or we can print it in ours!
If you would like us to make gravure plates for you to print on your own etching press, we charge more for this service than if we are making the plate for us to print your work on our etching presses with the techniques and ink we use for printing.
Within the maximum plate area you can choose to have the plate trimmed to the image or include a plate margin (unprinted border around the image). The image will cause an impression to be impressed into the paper. The plate margin allows for there to be a border of un-inked paper around the image surrounded by an impression into the paper.
A4 sized plates:
$115 each if we are printing the edition; $215 if we are sending you the plate.
8” x 10.5” max image size. Includes unprinted plate margins if desired.
A3 sized plates: $175 each if we are printing the edition; $275 if we are sending you the plate.
11” x 16” max image size. Includes unprinted plate margins if desired.
A2 sized plates: $275 each if we are printing the edition; $375 if we are sending you the plate.
16” x 22.7” max image size. Includes unprinted plate margins if desired.
A1 sized plates $400 each if we are printing the edition; $600 if we are sending you the plate.
22.8” x 32” max image size. Includes unprinted plate margins if desired.
Plates should be editioned within three months of making the plates. We simply cannot estimate the shelf life of a previously printed plate.
Photo Gravure Prints (and Proofs)
We can proof your plate for you even if you intend to print the edition yourself. Proofing is a requirement if we are printing the edition! There is a minimum charge of $350 for a printing or proofing session. Part of the costs of the $350 minimum charge includes overnight damp packing of paper, preparing the intaglio ink/s, preparing the press, drying and flattening of proofs. $150 of the minimum charge are reserved for printing during a printing session and are applied to your requested prints. You can also opt to have us proof your plate at our own discretion rather than your direction. In that case, we respond to the inking and may change the color or the wiping technique or try things we think will make a difference. Proofing is the most important part of any project. You can direct us or you can have us run wild. There is still a setup fee and costs incurred by the proof when we're running wild.
A4 sized prints on up to 11x15 paper:
1-4 prints per each plate $105 each
5-10 prints per each plate $85 each
10+ prints per each plate $75 each
A3 sized prints on up to 15x22 paper:
1-4 prints per each plate $165 each
5-10 prints per each plate $150 each
10+ prints per each plate $133 each
A2 sized prints on up to 22x30 paper:
1-4 prints per each plate $275 each
5-10 prints per each plate $260 each
10+ prints per each plate $240 each
A1 sized prints on up to 30x44 paper:
1-4 prints per each plate $500 each
5-10 prints per each plate $402 each
Limited Edition Gravure Books
We love books. They can be so expensive to have produced. So what we offer are printed leaves that you can complete by binding (or have us produce the binding for you.)
The leaves are available as Piezography, Pt/Pd, or Photogravure. We will send you a template for you to design and upload to us. We’ll print the work and ship it back to you. The larger your edition (quantity of books), the lower the cost per leaf will be. Please contact us with your requirements and we will configure your costs and templates.