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Direct To Plate Intaglio & Photogravure Workshop


Direct To Plate Intaglio & Photogravure Workshop


Digital Direct to Plate Photopolymer (DTP) Gravure has the potential to allow a new user to make photogravures at the same standard as those practicing the traditional copper based methods but with 1/3 the cost and 1/10th the amount of labor. Our process matches your monitor.

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A separate online bill for $ 1050.0 will be sent from Cone Editions Press for the remainder of the class fee.

Both sessions are now full.
Contact us if you would like to take a Fall Workshop! We may schedule one!

The process, as we teach it, is not difficult to master. If you have no experience in an etching studio you will gain a huge amount from this workshop. On the other hand, if you've been practicing copper plate photogravure a visit to our workshop can change your life!

  • No experience necessary.

  • Total Fee: $1,500

  • Length: Four days

  • Location: Cone Editions Press, Vermont. 

  • Includes: All material costs. 

  • Maximum attendees: 6

Limited to six attendees. This workshop concentrates on a new Piezography method of producing photopolymer gravure plates by printing the positive image directly onto the pre-sensitized plate. No film is required. An exposing screen is not required. A vacuum exposing machine is not even required for this process. Yet the benefits are a much higher acuity and fidelity than available when using film positives, exposing screens, and vacuum exposing units. You can read more about our involvement in this process here.

The Piezography® Direct-to-Plate Photopolymer Gravure is a method in which an alternative Epson printer driver is manually tuned to manage Piezography Ultra HD Matte Black ink output and dithering with the purpose of printing a positive image directly onto the surface of a photopolymer plate. The complex calibration and linearization of the output is performed by a proprietary Piezography ICC profile. This process is ideally OS X compatible and that is how we prefer to teach it. But there is room for Windows. OS X offers color management potentials and products that Windows does not, hence our preference.

As with any Piezography process, the linearization is perfectly suited to the medium and there is a screen display to print match that allows the user to edit their images without compensation curves and other unnecessary processes. The Piezography method produces what appears to be a visual replicant of the aquatint photogravure process.

You'll learn how to process the plates in plain water, dry them, and ready them for inking by hand. In the etching studio, for the sake of health and safety, we will only use safe etching inks that clean up easily with water and do not produce fumes of any kind. What you learn however, is easily adaptable to oil based etching inks. You'll learn how to set up the etching press for the type of pressure required for photogravure. You'll learn how to calendar paper and prepare it for printing. You'll learn how to ink and wipe your own plates and pull your own prints!

Attendees must bring a laptop, but we provide professional grade large screen reference calibrator displays by Eizo and NEC. If you are not currently digitally equipped, please bring something for us to digitize for you. If you only have digital images and no laptop - bring them on a flash drive and you can use our computers. You should bring a series of images you wish to work with. All of the materials and fine art papers are included in the workshop costs. If you happen to have a portfolio, bring it with you. We would love to see and share.

Here is a list of what we will cover, followed by Travel and Housing information:

  1. Overview of the Direct to Plate Photopolymner Gravure process

  2. Printmaking papers

  3. Studio Setup - Presses, Exposing Units, Inking areas, post print processing and drying

  4. How to build a print flattener

  5. The new Piezography Ultra HD matte black ink

  6. Setting up Photoshop

  7. Setting up Lightroom

  8. The Piezography Direct to Plate method

  9. Photopolymner plate Development and Hardening

  10. Photopolymner plate Cutting

  11. Safe etching inks vs conventional etching inks

  12. Photopolymner plate inking and wiping

  13. Paper preparation and calendaring

  14. Etchnig Presses and their setup for gravure

  15. Printing Photopolymner plates with an Etching Press

  16. Editioning and production strategies

  17. Print drying and flattening using a print drying flattener and how to build one yourself

  18. Introduction to Piezography Professional Edition Toolset

  19. Group print-show and talk

  20. Questionnaire & Wrap-up

The studio is located at 17 Powder Spring Road, Topsham, Vermont 05076. It is registered with Google Maps and you can trust Google directions to our studio. The studio is open to students, and instruction is provided from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Your instructor sets time for demonstrations, lunch, critiques and clean up. On Wednesday we try to have a paella party in the Summer when weather permits. In the Fall we try to do something similar. But, we do keep the studio open later on Wednesdays. We also encourage sharing your work on Wednesday early evening. So plan for staying a bit later on Wednesday to share, eat, or get a bit more printing done!

Our nearest airport (75 minutes) is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT. Other airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) (130 minutes) and Boston-Logan (180 minutes). There are car rentals as well as private taxis and shuttles between the airport in Burlington, VT and East Topsham. 

The amount of lodging near us is very limited. You must make reservations early if you want to be within walking distance of our studio. There is a small B&B with friendly owners and excellent breakfast and 5 minute walk:

We provide a tasty and healthy lunch each day
 according to the questionnaire you are asked to fill out prior to your arrival. Coffee, espresso, and tea are all very important to us and is always available fresh. We have a refrigerator in case you need to bring things you would rather not be without.

For dinner, Vermont is known for its interesting and varied cuisine. Some of our favorites are close and others are not so close. 

Cancellation Policy: Because these workshops are small and your cancelling adversely affects the program, Cone Editions has both a very generous and a very strict cancellation policy.

We collect a deposit payment if you sign up more than 30 days in advance of a workshop. All workshops must be fully paid 30 days in advance.

  • If you withdraw more than 30 days prior to the start date of your workshop, all payments made will be refunded, minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the deposit.

  • If you withdraw between 30 and 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, all payments made will be refunded, minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the workshop tuition, unless Cone Editions or you can supply a replacement, in which case you will receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the regular deposit amount associated with that workshop.

  • If you withdraw less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop you will receive no refund, unless Cone Editions or you can supply a replacement, in which case you will receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the regular deposit amount associated with that workshop.

There are no exceptions to these policies and Cone Editions is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies. Should Cone Editions have to cancel a workshop, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months. Cone Editions is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation/travel insurance.


  1. Source materials such as digital photographs, either scanned film or digital originals.
  2. Images in digital format. PSD, jpg, TIFF, RAW file formats are all common and work. Bring original files at original resolution in addition to any processed or manipulated versions.
  3. Jump drive (thumb drive or other portable read/write media) - this is how you will shuttle your images from your laptop to the print servers.
  4. A laptop is mandatory. We do not have computers for you to work with at the workshop. You should have Photoshop or/ and Lightroom installed. Download 30 day trial versions from Adobe and install before you arrive.
  5. Large enough luggage to pack small and medium prints, with stiff protector (cardboard or matt board). You can also make arrangements and pay Cone Editions Press to ship your prints that you produce in the workshop back to your home.

What's Included

The $1,500 workshop fee includes all materials and fine art papers. We provide a delicious lunch according to your dietary restrictions as long as you send us notice at least 7 days in advance. We provide fresh tea and coffee and cold drinks. You get a workshop manual. InkjetMall staff will be present to take orders which include substantial discounts on inks, cartridges, noble metals, papers, and software if you are so inclined to take advantage of things like that.

Any questions? Call Workshop Director, Cathy Cone, at (802) 439-5751

Product Type Workshop
Brand Cone Editions
Workshop Dates June 22nd to 25th, 2020

Compatibility Notes

If you are looking for information before you buy Piezography, this workshop is not for you and we recommend Piezography for Beginners.

If you are a seasoned Piezography user wishing to squeeze more out of your image preparation and printing technique, this workshop is for you. If you have been using the QuadTone RIP with Piezography and now want to learn everything there is to know about the new Piezography printer drivers and its unique workflow, then this workshop is for you.

If you have no experience whatsoever in digital imaging and hoping to learn Photoshop, then this workshop may not be compatible with you. In this case we recommend a private workshop tailored specifically to your needs or Piezography for Beginners.

If you are seeking to use this time to print a portfolio or an exhibition, this workshop is not compatible with you. In this case we recommend a private workshop at Cone Editions Press.