Larry Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 28 Oct 1999 17:33:23 -0700
Goldenrod "paper" comes in large sheets (30x40" or so) and is used
by technicians called "strippers" to paste together halftone negs and
lithfilm negs of type, using a red colored scotch tape, to make a
composited sheet used to lay over the sensitized printing plates and
expose in a plate maker. It used to be a bright orange paper, but is
now a more golden colored plastic sheet. One cuts window out of the
paper and pastes the neg into the window on a light table.
Rubylith or Amberlith is an acetate sheet with a geltain like red or orange
coating that can be cut with an exacto blade, and peeled away leaving
the clear acetate backing. It is used primarily to mask out, or burn in,
areas of the plate to create solid areas that get printed, or don't get
depending on ones intentions. It is often used in silk screen printing.
Either would work for the purpose you choose, I would pick goldernrod
as in does not leave a layer of clear acetate covering your negative to collect
dust and smudges. Goldenrod is cheaper as well. The acetate would not
block UV any noticeable amount.
I think what Office Max sells is a brand name of paper called goldenrod
and I doubt it is what you want. I would call your local printer and
ask him who he orders his supplies from, they should have what you need.
>Dave, I'm not familiar with the term goldenrod. Is it the same as Rubylith?
>That's what I use for masking. It comes in film-like sheets and blocks UV.
>Somewhat pricey--a 25-sheet booklet of 11x14 sheets is about $20 at art
>supply stores. I've started buying it in rolls, about 35 inches wide and who
>knows how long. I've cut different sized windows for masking a variety of
>print sizes. Or you can just cut strips and lay 'em across the negative. The
>stuff is flimsy, so you need a razor and a rule, or a rotary trimmer, to cut
>a straight line.
>----- Original Message -----
>Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 6:23 PM
>Subject: Border, Golden Rod, Acetate
>> Hi, what do you use to border your negative. What I mean is, I have an
>> enlarged negative which is about 10x12, but I only want to use an 8x10
>> of it but still have white border on the print. I know that in printing
>> industry, they use golden rod paper since the color blocks UV. Is that the
>> same goldren rod copying paper that I can buy from Office Max? Do you tape
>> the goldren rod paper to the negative?
>> Also, since I have a few negatives like that, I am thinking about taping
>> goldren window on a piece of acetate and then use this window with my
>> negatives. The question is, does acetate cut of UV transmission? About how
>> much? A lot?
>> Thanks a lot in advance for any input or suggestion!
>> Dave S
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