Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chromolithography


Victorian chromolithography card, 1880's

Chromolithography is a method for making multi-color prints. This type of color printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in color. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of relief or intaglio printing. 

so, we have,


or,


The success of chromolithography has to do with: 1- much cheaper prints because of the simplification of number of colors used and 2- the refinement of the detail in the image.