1747Re: [PPLetterpress] offset printing a letterpress design
- Jul 17, 2003In a message dated 7/17/2003 4:04:40 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> I have plans to offset print a letterpress design done with woodCarey,
> type. We'll print it it on a vandercook, then scan the art to create
> films. Does anyone have any cautionary advice for the process? Just
As someone with extensive offset experience and only a letterpress noob, let
me give you the only advice that matters:
Don't expect a scan of a letterpress print to live up to your expectations on
an offset press.
It's just not going to happen unless you spend a great deal of effort to
print a very high line screen, and spring for professional photography of the
print instead of a straight scan. Slapping a letterpress print on a scanner might
be ok, but youre going to lose alot of the tactile dimensionality of the print
due to the uniformity of light that scanners use. If the budget affords it,
get a pro to light the print in a studio environment (thus emphasizing any
embossment or textures that the letterpress process might have created) and shoot
transparencies that then get scanned.
Of course I live in a world of higher budget stuff, corporate budgets, etc.,
and this advice might be wholly unpractical for you. Certainly direct scanning
of a print will work, and look good if your scanner is top notch. Some
digital tweaking might be necessary after the fact. Just don't expect a dead-on
perfect reproduction and keep your expectations realisitc.
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