1757Re: offset printing a letterpress design
- Jul 17, 2003I don't think it really needs to be done all that cheaply. But
frankly, I don't know the budget. It won't be large, mind you, but it
probably won't be nothing either. The thing is, the run will be
larger than can be happily produced on a Vandercook. And your point
about a run that big & chancing the type is well taken. I still don't
know the numbers of the run, either. At least a thousand. Likely more.
But are you suggesting that I print (proof) (on the vandercook) and
scan each color separately instead of going cmyk? (i.e. Go with
pantone spot color for all of it?) I was wondering if that might be a
way to go.... Sort of try to reproduce a spot color print on an
offset press... and scan each color with a slightly different line
screen? I think that seems like a cool idea.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "eroustom" <ERoustom@w...>
> I'm curiouse if this had to be done on the cheap, with a straightdesktop scan... I've got some art school printmaking ideas (as in no
> budget whatsoever) to lend on this question:half tone, but after you edit your (high res. grayscale) scan,
> My first suggestion would be to avoid the dot. Don't produce a
> produce line art (bitmap) - if you get it right, the only thingmissing will be the impression. Second consider overprinting
> proofs (with different densities of coverage) thereby producing aduotone, and adding some depth and complexity to the
> ink/color that is often missing from offset.were to do it, I'd make a plate from a scan anyway - I wouldn't
> Or find someone with a cylinder press to run the job for real (if I
> want to take a chance with clunky old wood type surviving 1000impressions without the lock-up exploding).
> Good luck.
> Elias Roustom
> --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Mats Broberg"
> > > I have plans to offset print a letterpress design done withwood
> > > type. We'll print it it on a vandercook, then scan the art tocreate
> > > films. Does anyone have any cautionary advice for the process?Just
> > > wondering...item, the
> > >
> > > All comments welcome.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > > Carey Johnson
> > Carey,
> > Jim makes good points about the problem involved in reproducing a
> > letterpress printed item in offset.
> > If you aim for expressing some of the tactile quality of the
> > way to go is probably to work with a professional photographerand spend
> > a few hours in tweaking studio lighting. I recall a project a fewyears
> > ago when I worked with a photographer to get a good image of apiece of
> > watercolor artwork. At first we tried a traditional reprographicsetup
> > of the lights, merely to get a starting point, and the result wasnot
> > impressive. We had to spend alot of time working with differentangles
> > and different types of lightsources to capture some of themere
> > three-dimensional qualities of the watercolor. If the goal is a
> > facsimile, then it's another matter and a traditionalreprographic setup
> > of lighting may work.photographer,
> > Your budget may or may not make it possible to work with a
> > and if it doesn't, you can scan the item on a scanner. However,to get
> > as good a result as possible you may prefer to have it scanned ona drum
> > scanner at a commercial process engraving / prepress company. Inthe
> > specs, many consumer-grade and semi-professional scanners comparewell
> > with high-end equipment, but there are more to it than colordepth and
> > resolution. Many times a skilled operator and an old CrosfieldMagnascan
> > (which took up half a room) creates results that, still, can bewant to
> > absolutely outstanding.
> > When the time comes to the offset printing of the scan, you may
> > contact a printing office who works with waterless offset, or FMscreens
> > / hybrid screens. Waterless offset makes it possible to reproduceyour
> > image using a finer screen, and FM screens (frequency modulated)and
> > hybrid screens are methods to screen your image that have some
> > advantages over traditional AM screens (amplitude modulated).
> > Good luck and don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have more
> > questions.
> > Best regards,
> > Mats Broberg
> > Stockholm - S
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