Introduction to Polymergravure

Polymergravure is a non-toxic, faster, and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process. Students will create a black-and-white etched image generated from a photographic transparency and printed on an etching press. Create prints that have the gravity and feel of a 19th century photogravure with the ease of 21st century printing technology! This introductory workshop will guide participants through each state of the process from the original image file to the final print. Techniques covered will include how to make the film positives using simple Adobe Photoshop techniques and an inkjet printer, how to expose and process the plates, and the various methods of inking, wiping, and pulling prints in the printshop. Participants will need to bring several high-resolution digital files of images (either from a digital camera or from a scan of film, 300dpi at print size, TIFF, or JPG) that are ready to be modified in Photoshop and printed as a transparency. / No class July 2. / Materials fee of $25 and facilities fee of $38 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies here.

Prerequisites: Experience in Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not required.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; USB drive with 2 to 3 images that you would like to print. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to Wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity; closed toe shoes.

Register Before: May 30
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 7 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSFA 9340 SU18
Date Start: 
Monday, June 4, 2018
Date End: 
Monday, July 9, 2018
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Main Building, Room 405/Printshop
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Print, Paper, Bookmaking
Experience in Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not required.