Embellishments: intaglio printing

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Intaglio printing (which has become known as gravure printing) is a specialist print finish which is predominantly used for security applications.

Intaglio printing is the opposite of relief printing in which the image to be printed is etched or engraved below the surface of a print cylinder or plate. The printing process is carried out under pressure. The ink is consequently drawn up from the recesses onto the substrate and dries leaving a slightly raised image, which can be detected by feel.