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Ben Day process

or Benday process

[ben dey]
noun Photoengraving.
  1. a technique for producing shading, texture, or tone in line drawings and photographs by overlaying a fine screen or a pattern of dots on the original artwork, on a negative of it, or on the plate before etching.
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Origin of Ben Day process

1910–15; named after Ben(jamin) Day (1838–1916), American printer
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British Dictionary definitions for ben day process

Ben Day process

noun
  1. printing a method of adding texture, shading, or detail to line drawings by overlaying a transparent sheet of dots or any other pattern during platemaking
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Word Origin

C20: named after Benjamin Day (1838–1916), American printer
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