graphic arts

noun
1.
Also called graphics. the arts or techniques, as engraving, etching, drypoint, woodcut, lithography, and other methods, by which copies of an original design are printed from a plate, block, or the like.
2.
the arts of drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Origin:
1660–70

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graphic arts
 
pl n
any of the fine or applied visual arts based on drawing or the use of line, as opposed to colour or relief, on a plane surface, esp illustration and printmaking of all kinds

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Poetry was slower than the graphic arts to feel the oriental influence, because of the barrier of language.
New graphic arts facilities using rotogravure and flexography.
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