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Engraving is an intaglio method of printmaking and constitutes the earliest intaglio technique, whereby V-shaped, tapering lines are cut into a plate. A tool called a burin is used to make these incisions. The plate is then filled with ink and when paper is pressed into the plate, the image is printed upon it.

Engraving differs from etching in that it does not use acid. Drypoint, line engraving and mezzotint are all types of engraving.

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