Comparison Chart

Collotypes occupy a unique position between mass-produced photo reproductions and prohibitely expensive one-of-a-kind original works of art. The collotype process is ideal for producing small editions of museum-quality photographic prints for fine art collectors.

  Collotype Silver Printing Platinum Printing Photogravure Inkjet Printing Offset Printing
Small Edition
Suitability for printing small editions
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★
Cost/Edition
Cost-effectiveness by edition size
★★★ ★★ ★★★★
Continuous Tone
Continuous tone vs. halftone screened images
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★
Printing on Washi
Suitability for printing on traditional Japanese rice paper
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★
Archival
Stability of image over time
★★★★ ★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★
Use of Pigment Ink
Oil-based pigment ink rather than dye or photochemical print
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★
Printing in Color
Suitability for printing full-color photographs
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★
Maximum Size
Suitability for producing large format prints
★★ ★★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★★ ★★
Rarity
From one of a kind to a dime a dozen
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