Engraving techniques for paper currency.

8 06 2006

I read the issue 122, The Money Issue (Computer Arts magazine). This issue is related to money. How do design the money etc. In the page 56, it's a Photoshop tutorial to teach how to create an engraving techniques by Scott Gursky.

If you've looked closely at the dottted lines running throughout a £10 note and been struck by the fine quality of its illustration, you've already come face to face with a printing technique known as engraving. Engravings are part of an age-old tradition of printing. To create an engraving, an artist will burn an image on to a metal plate using chemicals. The plate is then inked and run though a printing press. Pressing paper to the inked metal will produce the image, giving almost photo-realistic result.

The tiny details and fine lines made possible by this process can often be found in book illustrations and manuscripts, and are still used today in paper currency and greetings cards, as well as in hundreds of other applications.

Now, by using Photoshop's Bitmap mode that can emulate the detail of an engraving, can create the look of an engraving without spending hours drawing tiny lines. Photoshop's Bitmap mode can create a pretty realistic-looking imitation of this traditional process.

[Source: Computer Arts, The Money Issue, May 2006, Page 56, by Scott Gursky]

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