Invention of photographic Halftone Printing Plate

Frederic Eugene Ives, a photographer at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA created halftone printing plate for reproducing photographs used in books, magazines, and newspapers.The halftone printing screen and process received a US patent on February 8, 1881. Ives devised a consistent method of producing halftones that could be applied to large printing operations. The first halftone using the Ives process was printed in the June 1881 issue of the Philadelphia Photographer. Earlier printers reproduced photographs by dividing them up into lines that could be transferred to a printer’s plate. Until 1878, when Ives converted a photographic negative into a dot-screen gelatin relief made a printing plate to the original image

      February 8, 1881
      Frederic Eugene Ives
      Ithaca, NY, USA

Additional Information:

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