Printing digital type with the photopolymer process is not the same
as direct to plate photopolymer.
One only needs the existant letterpess equipment with the addition of
a base upon which to mount the plates so that they will print at type
high. The plates can be processed by a number of commercial and semi-
There is also "alt" processing. Probably more what you are interested
in. There are a number of books on this. _Printmaking with
Photopolymer Plates_ and _Printmaking with the Sun_.
--- In fontmaniacs@y..., kalligraphos <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> I'm familiar with "direct-to-plate" technology and photopolymer
> plates. What I was talking about was techniques that anyone can
> afford, and do in one's own shop, without a multi-thousand-dollar
> machine to make plates...
> I guess I was looking for a sort of "retro" solution to the problem,
> sort of like the technique my friend uses (turpentine transfer of
> photocopies onto copperplates,and then etching those with circuit-
> board etchant...). Anyone who can read a safety label, and get to a
> Radio Shack with $20 or so in their pocket can make "real" metal type
> this way.
> Unfortunately, "direct-to-plate" machines are still a little more
> pricey than most folks can afford, and you can't just go to the
> local "BestBuys", or log on to "ComputerCrapForCheap.Com" and buy one
> for a couple hundred clams... Yet...
> I'm looking for a more "artisan" approach, I suppose, mostly out of
> curiousity, to see if there is anyone else out there doing what me
> and my friend are doing...
> Thanks anyway,