Materials & Techniques

Offset (printmaking)

Offset refers to the transfer of a design to an intermediary surface before it is applied to the final print. Until this method was developed in the late 19th century, all prints were mirror images of their design. Especially useful when printing text, offset methods eliminate the image's reversal so that it directly corresponds to the original design.

Excerpt from

Emily Schiller, Visions of America exhibition gallery text, 2016.