RE: [PPLetterpress] Blurry type
- "I found if I put 4 points worth of leads right around the plate edges
This technique works for me, too. I might add that I use 6 pt. and
leave a little 1/8" channel between the leads and the plate material,
but I bet the space isn't really necessary with 4 pt.
Does anyone else burnish the negative, to push the bubbles out? I
massage the negative against the plate material with a plastic tool that
I found in the street, so I don't know where you buy them or what they
are called. It is like a little blade of some soft plastic with a
slightly rounded edge. Kind of like a bowl/dough scraper, for those who
are familiar with kitchen tools, but a little sturdier. I just squeeze
the bubbles off the edge of the plate.
If you cut the negative to be just smaller (like 1/16th inch is fine)
than the plate material you don't need to use the leads, since there is
no overhang to bubble up, but then you have to mess around with chopping
the negative and so forth, and that can be a pain if you are trying to
do a lot of plates. The lead trick can be efficient, but you have to be
careful of putting dimples or wrinkles in the negative, especially if
you are massaging it with a nameless plastic tool and especially if you
are ganging up several items on one negative and then only making one of
them. Place the leads carefully so that they aren't in areas of the
negative that have other images.
From: ScottB9411@... [mailto:ScottB9411@...]
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2001 2:23 PM
Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Blurry type
Something I have discovered is that if the negative overhangs the plate
material, and the image is close to the edge, just the effect of the
at the edges can lift the image part of the neg enough to cause a blur.
found if I put 4 points worth of leads right around the plate edges it
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