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1. A printing process employing a glass plate with a gelatin surface that carries the image to be reproduced. Also called photogelatin process.
2. A print made by this process.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: photogelatine process a method of lithographic printing from a flat surface of hardened gelatine: used mainly for fine-detail reproduction in monochrome or colour
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a print made using this process
[C19: from Greek kolla glue + type]
collotypic adj


(ˈkɒl əˌtaɪp)

1. any photomechanical process of printing from a plate coated with gelatin.
2. the plate used for this.
3. a print made from such a plate.
[1880–85; < Greek kóll(a) glue + -o- + -type]
col`lo•typ′ic (-ˈtɪp ɪk) adj.
col′lo•typ`y (-ˌtaɪ pi) n.


1. a photographic plate made with a gelatin film, capable of highly detailed reproductions.
2. the process of making such a plate.
3. the picture made with such a plate.
See also: Photography
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.collotype - a photomechanical printing process that uses a glass plate with a gelatin surface that carries the image to be reproduced; can be used with one or more colors
hectograph, heliotype - duplicator consisting of a gelatin plate from which ink can be taken to make a copy
planographic printing, planography - the process of printing from a surface on which the printing areas are not raised but are ink-receptive (as opposed to ink repellent)
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One tonal photographic reproduction method, collotype, was perfected in France by Alphonse Poitevin to a prize-winning state by 1867.
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