Re: [PPLetterpress] relief depth
- Hi Nicolas
Yeah, that's my understanding of it. Thinner plates give a bit better
fidelity. I stock both the .038s and the .060s, but I always use the .038s.
Today the rollers were being tricksters and I was getting a bit
irritated with spider webbing across the floor of the plate. But at
least it was letting me know.
I'm guessing the shallower plates may have a bit more built in rigidity.
I don't know that it is as much a concern as the proper base setup though.
Frances & Nicolas wrote:
>Hi, Gerald et al.
>Here at The Old Stile Press I have been been eavesdropping with great
>interest on the debates of the group but this is the first time I have
>crawled out from under my stone to drop a pebble in the pond.
>I was carefully rereading your marvellous little book the other day,
>Gerald, and one thing struck me as surprising. Quite early in my PP
>career, I had followed some advice which said that it was better to lash
>out on plates with deep relief even though they are more expensive . . .
>but 'the Book' implies that this is not so and the shallower the relief
>the better the quality. I AM printing on a motorized (but handfed)
>cylinder press with a pretty wide inking roller so, with very shallow
>plates there is the danger of the rollers 'grounding' but I had thought
>that a good thick plate meant good detail as well as clean printing. Am I
>wrong? Is there a compromise? I use Miraclon MS162.
>The Old Stile Press
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