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11043RE: [PPLetterpress] photopolymer plate newbie

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  • Claire Gendron
    Sep 17, 2009
      This is my first post to this group.

      I've used illustrator and photoshop quite a bit and just bought a pilot and
      am really excited about creating my own designs.

      I know how to use the adobe programs but I don't know what resolution
      settings/types of images are best to use to create plates. Are line images
      best? Can varying gray scales be reproduced? Also, would a deep relief base
      be better than a regular base? Why do they recommend a smaller base than
      the printer's chase size?

      Any information would be appreciated as I don't have any other source of
      information, have never used a press, and have yet to have successfully
      goaded my significant other into setting up my pilot : (



      From: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Visualpropaganda
      Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 5:31 PM
      To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] photopolymer plate newbie

      Hello Amanda,

      Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop are the big names in the Graphic
      Design Market. They have a lot of features. And they are quite
      But they are by no means necessary to make your design. You can do it
      in Word if you have to (I wouldn't), you could even draw your designs
      and have them scanned. But as Scott mentioned there are also a few
      free vector and bitmap editing apps, that can give you most of the
      main-features of Illustrator or InDesign:

      The Gimp (Bitmap/Picture-Editing): http://www.gimp. <http://www.gimp.org/>

      Inkscape (Vector): http://www.inkscape <http://www.inkscape.org/> .org/

      If you need fonts for your designs, there are a lot of free fonts that
      are really high quality and beautyfull. A good start to look for fonts
      http://www.dafont. <http://www.dafont.com/> com/

      If you want script fonts, check:
      http://www.dafont. <http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=601>

      Also a lot of font-designer give away some of their fonts for free.
      For example
      Jos Buivenga (exljibris): http://www.josbuive
      <http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/index.html> nga.demon.nl/index.html

      I used Calluna regular, which he gives away for free for a card design
      for my sister.

      Hope that get's you started. All the best

      Am 17.09.2009 um 22:50 schrieb Scott Rubel:

      > I create almost everything with InDesign and sometimes Illustrator,
      > when
      > making plates. These programs allow me to manipulate type and render
      > it
      > about as close to the way it should be as you can get. You need at
      > least
      > Illustrator and a decent collection of fonts.
      > Adobe's current licensing restrictions are pretty harsh, though. They
      > won't both you if you only use one or two computers, but these
      > programs
      > are still expensive if you are just starting out and didn't plan on
      > acquiring them. Even though I own all this stuff, I haven't been
      > upgrading for the last couple of years, and if I had to start over I
      > would consider some alternatives.
      > For instance, I am pretty certain that Adobe Elements or Photoshop
      > Lite
      > may let me do all the tricks I currently do with Photoshop, and I
      > would
      > not miss whatever it is that is missing in the lite version.
      > Also, I have been told about a shareware photo manipulator called The
      > Gimp. Once again, I am passing along news I have not first hand
      > knowledge of, but if I were starting out today, I'd play around with
      > that before laying out the dough for Photoshop. <http://gimp.
      <http://gimp.org> org>
      > Similarly, I would try a shareware alternative to Illustrator, like
      > Lineform or Inkscape.
      > http://applezoom.
      mac-os-x> com/2007/07/12/cheap-alternative-to-adobe-illustrator-for-mac-os-x
      > I do not know how they handle type, though, so I look forward to
      > hearing
      > about all these from personal experience.
      > --Scott
      > amanda.dimitrov wrote:
      >> Hi all,
      >> I am new to the photopolymer plate making technology. I just
      >> purchased a new base from Boxcar Press for my Kelsey 5x8 press. My
      >> experience with letterpress thus far has strictly been in hand set
      >> type and printing blocks that I have found on Ebay. I am so
      >> excited to be able to create my own designs; however, I am having
      >> trouble understanding which program(s) to use to make my designs
      >> and how to get my designs to the platemakers. Do most of you create
      >> designs using Illustrator or Photoshop? Then after the design is
      >> created, do you PDF the document (I read on Boxcar Press that they
      >> prefer PDF docs)? What if I wanted to create a simple design using
      >> Word and then PDF that doc? Would that work as well?
      >> Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have read many of these
      >> posts, in addition to researching on Boxcar Press.
      >> Thanks so much in advance!!
      >> ~A
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