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Photopolymer Photogravure with Silvi Glattauer

  • The Baldessin Press & Studio 90 Shaftesbury Ave St Andrews, Victoria, 3761 Australia (map)

Sat & Sun 27 & 28 July 2019
10 am - 4.30 pm

Explore and learn the use of photopolymer printing plates in combination with digital photography to create Photogravure etchings. This is a low-toxic approach without the use of solvents, or acids.

This 2-day workshop will teach you the ‘Direct to Plate’ system. We transfer the image directly on to the plate with the use of an inkjet printer. Plates are then exposed using UV light, processed with water and printed via an etching press.

We do not use films for making plates, which simplifies the process immensely. Giving you more time to make prints!

This workshop will give you an insight into the hybridisation of digital techniques with the hand made print. We will look at printmaking techniques, including inks and paper options, setting up the etching press, color options with roll ups and digital chine colle.

Day One

  1. Preparing your images in Photoshop – Optimising quality of your original image to suit the photogravure print.

  2. Direct to Plate printing vs using films – pros and cons.

  3. Inkjet printer options.

  4. Exposure Unit options.

  5. Printing images directly on to Photopolymer plate – adjusting for plate contrast.

  6. Testing exposure times.

  7. Plate making – process

  8. Proofing plates, using various ink densities to adjust print qualities.

Day Two

  1. Review of day one

  2. More plate making

  3. Printmaking techniques for press preparation, registration, paper options

  4. Chine Colle techniques using rice papers and digitally created color layers.

  5. There will be plenty of time for experimentation during day 2.


What is Direct to Plate photopolymer photogravure?

The Direct to Plate system was developed for the offset printing industry when making the transition to digital technologies. Silvi Glattauer has taken this direct to plate method and developed a calibration system to fine tune a work flow that perfects the fine art Photogravure print.

Without the need for a film, the computer image is printed directly on to the plate, then exposed and etched in water. This method also does away with the need for a double exposure and the vacuum frame. You will spend less time making plates, and more time making prints! We will also explore the possibilities of digital chine colle layers with your prints.

This workshop assumes that you have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop and your digital camera. You will need to bring along your laptop with Photoshop.
Vies this video -

A short video outlining the process of Direct to Plate Photopolymer Photogravure. This video is intended as an overview only. Details of calibrations have not been included.

Silvi Glattauer is a professional practicing photographer with a particular interest in non-silver alternative processes. Specialising in the photogravure process using non-toxic photopolymer plates, she finds that the combination of traditional printmaking with photographic images gives her work an added dimension that further develops the use of photography in fine art practice. Glattauer also has a background in the adult education sector with extensive experience in co-ordinating and running workshops. Alongside running workshops at The Baldessin Press for the past 15 years, she has taught photographic fine art printmaking at RMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic in Melbourne.

You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Price: $550.– including all materials

The workshop fee covers the cost of making four A5 size plates as well as editioning paper, etching plates, newsprint, proofing paper and inks.

Additional plates are available for purchase during the workshop should you wish to make more than 4 images.

What you should bring:

  • Digital files

  • Extra paper (optional)

  • Apron

  • Disposable gloves

  • Your laptop if you have one

  • A USB stick

  • Lunch to share (tea & coffee provided)


A $100 deposit for weekend will be required to secure an enrolment. Balance of Course Fee is payable no later than commencement of first class. An invoice will be sent out with your enrolment acknowledgment.

A course fee refund will be given if:

  1. A class in which you are enrolled is cancelled, or

  2. Notice of your withdrawal from a class is given at least three weeks in advance

Please note:

On CODE RED days The Baldessin Press and Studio will be closed and no classes or activities will run.
On TOTAL FIRE BAN days The Baldessin Press and Studio will normally remain open, and staff will monitor official advice and weather. If weather escalates staff will consider cancelling activities. Any decision to cancel any workshops during the course of Total Fire Ban days will be made as a result of a notice from CFA of a “Watch and Act” or “Emergency Warning” affecting that area.
Please note that The Baldessin Press and Studio are NOT designated Safer Places, or Places of Last Resort

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