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  1. a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, that produces a blue line on a white background.
  2. a print made by this process.
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Origin of cyanotype

First recorded in 1835–45; cyano-1 + -type
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Examples from the Web for cyanotype

Historical Examples of cyanotype

  • It should then be put in the printing frame in the same way as the cyanotype paper and exposed to the sun.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XII, Jan. 3, 1891


  • Prints made upon this cyanotype paper have a beautiful blue tone, and are so simple and easily made that they are very popular.

British Dictionary definitions for cyanotype


  1. another name for blueprint (def. 1)
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