Definition of collotype in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkäləˌtīp/ /ˈkɑləˌtaɪp/


  • 1Printing
    A process for making high-quality prints from a sheet of light-sensitive gelatin exposed photographically to the image without using a screen.

    as modifier ‘collotype printing’
    • ‘A higher, and more expensive, process is collotype printing, in which the photographic image is transferred to a gelatine-covered glass plate which accepts printing ink in different and subtle degrees.’
    • ‘Therefore it's no wonder only a handful of collotype studios are still existing in the world today.’
    • ‘Printing high quality collotype illustrations for books was a decent size industry at one time.’
    • ‘That is because, at the time, the collotype process was developing rapidly in our country.’
    • ‘Four bare-chested pressmen labor in a small room with a huge collotype printing press.’
    1. 1.1A print made by the collotype process.
      ‘On loan from a private collection, these images-in a wide variety of formats including collotypes and hand-tinted photographs-show Huffman's skills and the various stages of his career.’
      • ‘A distillation occurs in the self-portrait Palindrome, a collotype that Hamilton laminated in the lenticular acrylic used in 3 - D postcards.’
      • ‘Postcards with ` Albertype’ printed on back are collotypes and usually date to the earlier 1900s.’
      • ‘The ink used in collotypes was generally black, but colors were used in intaglio printing.’
      • ‘Upon his return to Germany in 1886, Cronau published, in two parts, a portfolio of collotypes based on his best drawings.’


Late 19th century from Greek kolla ‘glue’+ type.