• A print is an artistic image, printed, usually on paper (but also on other media such as silk), by means of a processed matrix:
• in relief (engraving on wood, on linoleum, for example),
• hollow (on metal in general: intaglio / burin etching, etching),
• flat (lithography, screen printing).
• A print is usually published in many copies, depending on the use that we want to make and the wear of the matrix.
• Japanese prints are woodcuts (xylography). The parts of the wood that the engraver hides correspond to the parts of the print that will not be printed (which will remain in white, in "reserve"). The woodcut reveals reliefs, similar to a stamp.
• The Japanese prints are first monochrome, then polychrome