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Light sensitive polymer plates allow for photorealistic etchings. A photo-sensitive coating is applied to the plate. Light is projected onto the plate as a negative image to expose it. Photopolymer plates are then cleaned to remove the coating. Areas of the photo-etch image may be stopped-out before etching to exclude them from the final image on the plate, or removed or lightened by scraping and burnishing once the plate has been etched. Once the photo-etching process is complete, the plate can be worked further as a normal intaglio plate, using drypoint, further etching, engraving, etc. The final result is an intaglio plate which is printed like any other.
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