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

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  • Robert Adams, 'Whiteprint' 1971
    Robert Adams
    Whiteprint 1971
    Embossing on paper
    image: 184 x 322 mm
    Purchased 1986© The estate of Robert Adams
  • Ivor Abrahams, 'Oxford Gardens VIII' 1977
    Ivor Abrahams
    Oxford Gardens VIII 1977
    Screenprint, varnish and embossing on paper
    image: 153 x 246 mm
    Presented by Evelyne Abrahams, the artist's wife 1986© Ivor Abrahams
  • Gordon House, 'Embossed Quartered Arc' 1970
    Gordon House
    Embossed Quartered Arc 1970
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 251 x 251 mm
    Presented by Waddington Galleries through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975© Gordon House

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.