RE: Polymer gravure plate tone
Thanks for taking a moment to locate this site. I thought plate tone was/is
what you described and that it affects the highlights varied by how the
plate is ink and cleaned. I have several gravures in my personal photography
collection so I'll pull those out later today and take a look at them,
however having several prints made from the same plate with different inking
and clean up would be more illustrative.
From: SusanV [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: Polymer gravure plate tone
Hey, found something here...
See the light areas of the prints? there's a certain "signature" type of
tone this artist has. THAT is plate tone.
On 3/12/07, SusanV <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi Don,
> I did a search but didn't find anything in the way of images... maybe
> someone else has something.
> Plate tone is just the last little film of ink left on the areas of a
> plate that are intended to print "white". In the print it is the
> slightest little bit of tone in the lightest areas. it can vary a
> great deal. some plate materials are slicker than others and easier
> to wipe very clean, leaving little tone. It is a creative choice of
> the printer, to leave a little or a lot... and in what areas to leave
> however much they choose. At one extreme you can take cotton swabs
> and mineral spirits and polish off any evidence of ink. Even the type
> of ink is a variable... some are more finely ground than others,
> making it harder to wipe the last little bit off the plate.
> Printmaking types often compliment other printmakers about their use
> of plate tone, especially at openings with a few glasses of cheap
> white in them :o)
> kinda like discussions of "bokeh". :P
> On 3/12/07, Don Bryant <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Dear Polymer Gravurists,
> > > Now, speaking of plate tone
> > Can anyone point me to an online example that shows 'plate tone'?
> > Thanks,
> > Don Bryant
> gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com
> website www.dalyvoss.com
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