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Lithography was the first printmaking medium used when Trillium Graphics was founded in 1979. All prints were hand drawn and printed from stone and aluminum plates. In 1980 monotyping from plexiglas plates was introduced, followed by offset litho in 1986, screen printing in 1990, intaglio and woodblock printing in 1995 and digtal printing in 1997. We stopped printing Lithograph editions in 2006, However, the heart and soul of Trillium is still Lithography.
All lithographic prints were executed on a 1962 Mailander flatbed proof press. Thirty years ago, the proofs of a color print job were printed on these presses. These proofs were then matched by the faster web offset presses. However, since the Mailander proofs were printed at a slower speed, thicker ink film, and higher pressure, the impressions though superior, were difficult to match; they were simply too good. With the advent of film proofs and digital printers for proofing, these fantastic presses became obsolete as proofing presses. Ironically, the qualities that made them obsolete are the same ones that make them perfect for printing fine art lithographs. The sharp impressions, thick ink films and capacity to print a wide tonal range are perfect for fine art lithography.
David Salgado, Master Printer

In 1989 we perfected continuous tone lithography. Here the artist can draw the color separations on any substrate and film and plates are made from continuous tone positves.

These lithographic prints can either exist as a completed edition or can be combined with other printing techniques such as monoprinting, silkscreen or digital printing to complete the work.

Collaboration with the artist is the main purpose in making any print at Trillium. We have the total input and involvement of the artist at all levels in production of a print, and the dialog between artist and master printer is the fertile ground from which our projects grow.

All images © Trillium Graphics