1753Re: offset printing a letterpress design
- Jul 17, 2003Jim
Thanks for the expectations mgmt. & excellent tip on the photography.
I really hadn't considered that I might need to have it photo'd and
*then* scan a transparency. I was thinking it would need to be a drum
scan, but had imagined I'd do it directly.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, InkPotJim@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 7/17/2003 4:04:40 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> edinman@e... writes:
> > I have plans to offset print a letterpress design done with wood
> > type. We'll print it it on a vandercook, then scan the art to
> > films. Does anyone have any cautionary advice for the process?
> > wondering...
> As someone with extensive offset experience and only a letterpress
> me give you the only advice that matters:
> Don't expect a scan of a letterpress print to live up to your
> an offset press.
> It's just not going to happen unless you spend a great deal of
> 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
> 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
> get a pro to light the print in a studio environment (thus
> 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
> and this advice might be wholly unpractical for you. Certainly
> of a print will work, and look good if your scanner is top notch.
> digital tweaking might be necessary after the fact. Just don't
expect a dead-on
> perfect reproduction and keep your expectations realisitc.
> Good luck!
> Jim Harrison
> DECA Design
> Gainesville. Florida
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