There are basically two broad types of prints:-
1. ORIGINAL fine art prints, which are prepared as an original work on a master plate to be individually inked, printed by hand, numbered and signed by the artist in a finite edition.
There are many different techniques available for the artist to employ depending on the effect the artist wishes to achieve.
All of these varying techniques come under the general term "PRINTMAKING", which is an important branch of the FINE ARTS
2. REPRODUCTIVE prints, are mechanically or digitally produced copies of art-works in another medium which are then numbered and often signed by the artist. Much larger editions are usual with this type of print because there is no master plate involved which wears down after each successive "pull" from the press. To read more