Art Term

Embossed

An embossed surface is a raised or depressed surface created during printmaking processes

Robert Adams, ‘Whiteprint’ 1971
Robert Adams
Whiteprint 1971
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© The estate of Robert Adams

In printmaking any process used to create a raised or depressed surface is referred to as embossing. This is sometimes used to create false plate-marks in lithographs or screenprints.

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