Re: Photopolymer Plate Usage
Thank you so much to all who responded to this survey. If you haven't
yet, please still do! I appreciate all the replies very much, and my
paper is coming along pretty well!
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "k_risseeuw" <kt.risseeuw@...>
> I am doing research about the use of photopolymer plates in contemporary
> letterpress shops for a graduate class at the University of Texas -
> Austin. I would love as many responses to the following questions as
> possible. While the paper will not be quantitative, I am interested in
> representing the changes in traditional letterpress. Please copy/paste
> the questions and respond to me offlist at kt.risseeuw@...
> Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.
> Thank you for your time!
> -Katie Risseeuw
> Photopolymer Plate Questions
> 1. Do you use polymer plates in your shop?
> 2. Does the shop have metal type? How much, generally (i.e., typefaces,
> sizes, drawers, etc.)?
> 3. Do you expose the plates yourself or have them made for you?
> a. What exposure unit do you have?
> b. Do you use automatic washout or hand washout?
> c. Do you use metal-backed plates or adhesive-backed?
> 4. Do you make the films yourself? For example, you have access to an
> Imagesetter, make your own digital transparencies from a printer, use a
> copy camera to make films, or make photocopied transparencies.
> 5. Do you use polymer plates for images and text? One more than the
> 6. If you use polymer plates for text, do you buy digital typefaces?
> Any favorite or hated typefaces, favorite font companies, and why?
> 7. What are the conditions that cause you to choose polymer text or
> illustrations for a new work? For example, in text, wanting a preferred
> non-metal typeface, lack of quantity or size of a metal typeface, or
> difficult tyographic design. For illustrations, is polymer easier than
> relief (wood or lino, etc.), intaglio, and litho images (excluding
> different press requirements)?
> 8. How did you learn to use polymer plates? Workshop, college shop
> training, commercial shop training, friends, manufacturer's
> instructions, discussion list assistance, etc.
> 9. What kind of presses are you printing on?
> 10. Is the use of photopolymer plates integral to the shop? Is it
> slowly becoming that way?
> 11. What kind of work does your shop print, primarily? For example,
> books, posters, business cards and stationery, greeting cards, etc.
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