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Etching is traditionally the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In modern manufacturing, other chemicals may be used on other types of material. As a method of printmaking, it is, along with engraving, the most important technique for old master prints, and remains in wide use today. In a number of modern variants such as microfabrication etching and photochemical milling it is a crucial technique in much modern technology, including circuit boards.
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  • History 

  • Variants 

  • Printmaking technique in detail 

  • Types of metal plates 

  • Industrial uses 

  • Controlling the acid's effects 

  • "Etchings" euphemism