Re: First try gravure
Depending on your printer, the cheapy transparencies will or will not work. I used to be able to use cheapy stuff with the 2200 black ink only. Not color. Then with the 2400 I just bit the bullet and went with Pictorico.com OHP. It holds ink, dries right away, usable in an hour. That way I don't muck up my printer. It depends on what printer and also what settings you are printing out with, but the ones that use more ink to print out with just use too much ink to not smear on the transparency material.
In ref to other stuff on solarplate you all have been saying, I might just have to try that Toyobo stuff...but I do clean with mineral spirits and then keep the plate oiled with baby oil. I think mineral oil (in baby oil) is thinner and less sticky in the long run, tho I am not sure why it is so chemically.
Still my biggest plague is mottling in the darks--areas of the deepest blacks having areas of greater exposure, due to, from what I can tell, uneven contact with the transparency. It is so frustrating when you do all this work and have that one problem. I am so close to buying a vacuum frame...
----- Original Message ----- From: "SusanV" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 7:49 AM
Subject: First try gravure
...so last night I gave it a try with a digital positive I printed out on the 3M brand transparency material I had on hand. What a hoot! That stuff just can't hold it's ink ;o) I gave it a try anyway though, just to work through the process once before my OHP arrives. This is what I found out: My Nuarc has a problem. The light only works for about 30 seconds before flickering, then shutting down. After about another 30 seconds, it comes back to life and again works for about 30 seconds before shutting down. Sounds like it's overheating, doesn't it? But there's nothing blocking the fan, and there is a lot of unobstructed airflow, so I don't get it. Also, the integrator started counting down very quickly once the light went out. That's not right, either. wacky. any insights appreciated. Nuarc tech support opens in a bit, and I'll give them a call. susan -- Susan Daly Voss www.dalyvoss.com