Home Made Negs on inkjet
Pretty new to it, but I've been experimenting with making negs on my Epson,
and here's what I'm doing now: I'm running the transparency TWICE in the
printer. If I align it well to the side of the feeder, it actually prints
over perfectly (ok, I haven't tried 6 point type yet, but the details on the
images I've been printing are incredibly well registered). Then I also print
another version twice on a second transparency, having created a path
(relatively roughly) of the image or using the wand (all this done in
Photoshop), and then doing a Select>Modify>Expand of 2-3 points on that
path. I delete my image, to keep only the black around it. I sandwich the 2
outputs together and get a really dense black all around, and a pretty dense
black on the image. I haven't tried making a plate with only the one
transparency (printed twice), but that might actually work too. Now I'm
going to try - today - with relatively small type.
Sounds like a pain, but it's actually easy, fast, and efficient. It also
solves the problem of the small wheels in the printer leaving clear dotted
marks on the film - the ink staying wet longer on acetate. I actually move
my second image (the "ghost" version) about 2/8 of an inch left or right in
the file before printing, so that the wheels scrape the transparency at a
different place than on the first transparency. Don't know if I'm making
much sense right here, but if you are not having that problem, just discard
this second paragraph!
All the best >>> Jerome Curchod
- I just came from an all-day Adobe seminar. Many of the questions that have
been bouncing around on this list were addressed, and I will try to dig
through my notes to pass along the tips I learned. If you have a chance to
see this dog and pony show from Adobe (it's free) I highly recommend it.
It's useful not only to see what the newer technology can do, but to realize
why they are building things the way they are, and how to utilize their
software to increase productivity and efficiency for more fun and fewer
headaches. Most of the day was devoted to In Design, which blows Quark and
Pagemaker right out of the water in too many ways to mention.
They also talked a lot about Acrobat 6 which is due out in May (still in
beta they said) and yes, it will solve many of the problems that have
plagued earlier versions and has way cool new features besides.
on 4/23/03 9:32 AM, Gerald Lange at bieler@... wrote:
> Just a note on this. Acrobat 6 on the Mac, which is now available, is
> not compatible with any OS before OSX. Looks like Adobe is snuggled up
> in bed with Apple again.
>> Acrobat 6 is about to be released. Perhaps it will allow more
>> It will be great when it actually works the way it claims.
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