Gallery - Print Terms and Definitions
Most prints are lithographs. They are printed from a flat surface, and therefore lack texture. Limited edition lithographs are printed with museum quality inks and paper, whereas open edition prints and posters often are not.
Printed with high-saturation, museum quality inks and special paper or canvas. The image is produced as millions of extremely small drops of ink are sprayed onto the paper. Known for its brilliant color reproduction and detail.
Lithographs (as well as iris prints) can be transfered to canvas to give texture to the image.
A Lithograph printed with museum quality inks and paper, signed and numbered by the artist, and limited in number to the size of the edition. For example, an edition of 750 prints would have prints that bear the artist's signature and the following demarkation to indicate print number 2 of the edition of 750 prints:
A small number of prints from an edition which are set aside for the artist to proof. For example, an edition of 750 prints would have a number of additional prints (usually about 75, or 10% of the edition quantity) that bear the artist's signature and the following demarkation to indicate artist's proof number 2 of the edition of 75 prints:
An open edition print which is signed, but not numbered, by the artist.
Open edition prints are reprinted according to public demand, whereas the number of limited edition prints never exceeds the size of the edition. Open edition prints are printed on higher quality paper than are posters.
A small, usually unique, painting which has either been drawn directly on a print, or included separately.
Means that the artist has done further hand work directly on the print, such as highlites to areas with white paint, or actaully painting areas or objects in the painting with metallic, opalesent or other paints.