- In general Flexo work, the image needs to be reduced in one
dimension to allow for the stretch that occurs when the plate is
wrapped around the circumference of the cylinder. As far as I know
that is the only reason someone might send out their negative-making
for flexo, and that would seem to me to be something which could be
controlled in the printing set-up parameters when printing to the
Ordinary litho negs should work well for you as long as the image is
laterally reversed so that it is Right-reading-emulsion-up.
You have two options when camera-exposing negative films. One is (as
was suggested) to make the camera-ready image wrong-reading. These
days that is easy to do if your camera-ready copy if output on a
laser printer. The other is to shoot through the base of the film.
At one time Kodak and other manufacturers made special films which
had no anti-halation layer so you could easily expose through the
base of the film. With the current state ofd silver-based films, I
doubt that material is still available. You can get good results by
exposing through the base, but the exposures are significantly
longer and extremely fine detail might be lost in the process.
When I was in school at RIT, we had a Klimpsch camera which had a
built-in mirror which laterally reversed the image to produce
letterpress negatives. I doubt that any of those Klimpsch cameras
are still in use.
The imagesetter, if available at a reasonable cost and convenience,
is certainly the very best way to produce negatives today.
Cedar Creek Press
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Michael T. Metz"
> Hi Gerald,the
> I don't know what the problem would be. The shop told me that
> they outsourced the film imaging that went into flexo. The
> estimator I spoke with didn't know the details.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Gerald Lange
> Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:29 PM
> To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: Negs
> What kind of problems? Emulsion side up, right reading (RREU) is
> only difference in film negs for letterpress. Resolution problems?<mtmetz@s...>
> --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Michael T. Metz"
> > I'm getting some guff ordering negs to make my own plates. Is
> > a good reason why an imagesetter setup for offset litho wouldgive
> > me problems?
> > Mike
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