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  • William
    Jul 1, 2010
      That's interesting--I came to the opposite conclusion. In my mind, the inkjet image is more fragile, so I would do it last. Holding a sheet down on the cylinder of a Vandercook isn't a great amount of pressure, but I wouldn't want to be touching the inkjet image as I run the sheet through the press. In the last 7-8 years of printing with custom inkjet inks and rag paper, I try to avoid ever touching the image at all.


      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Yvon" <yal@...> wrote:

      > Thanks for your replies Barbara and Raven. I pretty well figured the inkjet first would be the best route. And thanks for the extra insight on 'after the fact' laser printing Tom.
      > Which almost brings up another topic of its own:
      > – how well do our inks hold up on letterpressed letterhead that will inevitably be put through a laser printer
      > And I believe you have addressed that very well, ie: an oil-based ink that has had plenty of time to cure is a must have for anything to be lasered.
      > Thank you all!
      > Yvon
      > --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, typetom@ wrote:
      > >
      > > I think inkjet and letterpress inks might work in either order, but anyone
      > > using a laser printer should know that the intense laser printer heat will
      > > melt and ghost rubber-based inks, and even oil-based inks if they are not
      > > well dried. Van Son makes a Mega Laser soy ink, with driers, for use on
      > > letterhead that will subsequently be printed on a laser printer. So if your
      > > project involved a laser printer instead, that definitely should be done
      > > before the letterpress work unless you use an ink that will not melt!
      > > Your concerns are good. Best wishes,
      > > Tom
      > >
      > > In a message dated 6/29/2010 10:03:48 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time,
      > > heytrollop@ writes:
      > >
      > > Oh forgot to mention... I was using silver oil-based ink.
      > >
      > > --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "heytrollop" <heytrollop@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I've done postcards on matte photo paper and also on regular digital
      > > photopaper. I did the inkjet printing first. With the matte...it's much like
      > > any other paper. When I printed on Ilford premium pearl, it took a little
      > > longer to dry. But it worked fine for both.
      > > >
      > > > I think it's possible you might get a bit of image over the letterpress
      > > work. But That's why I did the inkjet first.
      > > >
      > > > best,
      > > > Raven
      > > >
      > I actually just finished a job that combined inkjet and letterpress printing. I
      > printed the inkjet first since I thought it would be easier to adjust the
      > registration on the Vandercook than on the Epson.
      > Barbara
      > > > --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Yvon" <yal@> wrote:
      > >
      > > > > @bigwheel and @Jon
      > >
      > > > > I also have to inkjet graphics on postcards and do imprints with lead
      > > type. Not planning on using such fancy stock as the Museo Rag but I'm also
      > > curious to know if you'd do the imprints before or after the inkjet
      > > printing. I always thought running the pre-printed inkjet paper through a proof
      > > press would be easier than the other way around, as any oils from handling
      > > while doing the letterpress might dangerously affect the quality of inkjet
      > > printing, not to mention dirt or grime going through an inkjet printer after
      > > the fact?
      > > > > I'd love to get some insight from anyone who has successfully (or
      > > not...) produced such a 2 part print project, on any paper and any press.
      > > > > Thank you, Yvon
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