Over-exposing the plate might seem like the common-sensical approach
but its not. You don't have the degree of control you need, and
experimentation in this regard can get quite expensive, given the cost
of plates, even at wholesale. Which is why a lot of us are so
concerned with the ability to alter the letterforms (in a permanent
fixed manneer) prior to either imagesetter adjustments or exposure.
--- In PPLetterpress@y..., "Justin Howes" <jhowes@j...> wrote:
> As an alternative to p-optimising the font itself, could one not use the
> standard font and slightly (but how slightly?) over-expose the plate? I've
> never used PP, so please look tolerantly on a suggestion that probably shows
> a lamentable ignorance of the technology. I know that when we were setting
> books for offset we'd occasionally get the service bureau to beef up the
> type by changing a setting on the imagesetter.
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> living typeface.
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