Category Name: polymer-photogravure

Polymer Photogravure at Asheville Bookworks

posted on: January 25th, 2019

I will be teaching my final polymer photogravure workshop in Asheville this January. Bookworks will be closing as a public-facing entity at the end of March 2019, and this is the last photogravure class I will be teaching there.

The workshop will use a modern polymer coated plate to create an intaglio-etched surface, which will then produce the photographic gradation of tones making the photogravure one of the most beautiful continuous tone photographic printing process. The process presents a fantastic opportunity to expand the range of visual content that can be included in books and other similar projects.

This is a two and a half day workshop that will introduce you to the basics of making polymer photogravure plates. Bring your digital files on Friday evening and walk away with some beautiful photogravures by Sunday afternoon. Sign up at the Asheville Bookworks website.

categories:  alternative processes, polymer photogravure, workshop   tags:  alternative process, digital positives, polymer photogravure, learning

QuadToneProfiler-Quickcurve polymer calibration

posted on: January 13th, 2019

Check the downloads section for a new downloadable pdf file that covers the process of creating a linearized calibration workflow for positives used in making polymer photogravure plates. This new piece of software from BWMastery.com allows the use of QTR to create perfectly calibrated positives from which to make polymer intaglio plates.

Here is a direct link to that pdf:

Polymer Plate Calibration with QuadToneProfiler

Normally, this would be a download link, but there is something munged up with my download code and pdf files. I don’t have time to figure it out right now, but it is easy enough to click the link on the pdf and then save it from your browser window a printed or saved version is wanted.

categories:  alternative processes, polymer photogravure, calibration, qtr   tags:  alternative process, polymer photogravure, calibration, qtr

QTR polymer photogravure calibration

posted on: January 13th, 2019

BWMastery.com has created a Mac-based software tool called QuadToneProfiler-QuickCurve that enables a very streamlined linearization workflow for making digital positives for steel-backed polymer plates. This is a 20-page pdf description of that workflow. PDF files this size choke my CMS, so to download this file, please click this link

categories:  calibration, qtr, digital positives, downloads, polymer photogravure, alternative processes   tags:  alternative process, calibration, digital positives, polymer photogravure, download

A6-ScreenTest.tif

posted on: December 26th, 2018

This file is an image file that is useful in calculating the screen exposure time for polymer plates. Its use is described in the book Polymer Photogravure: A Step-By-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice available here. This file saves a step in that it can be used both for determining the screen exposure value for a polymer plate and also can be used for determining the upper and lower limits (Photoshop Levels) that will be used when printing the positive.

categories:  polymer photogravure, calibration, downloads, qtr   tags:  polymer photogravure, calibration, download, qtr

A6-StepTest.tif

posted on: December 26th, 2018

This is a cobbled-together stepwedge (also called a target by some) that is used in polymer plate calibration. It contains both a single line 21-step image that is 0-100% black in steps of 5% as well as a 51-step image in 3 rows of 17 that encompasses the same range from 0-100% black but in steps of 2%. It is used when calibrating polymer plates (or digital negatives) to refine the QuadToneRIP .quad files that are used to print the positives.

categories:  calibration, polymer photogravure, qtr, downloads  

A6-Screentest-Template

posted on: December 26th, 2018

This is a downloadable template file that assists in making even screen exposure strips on an A6 plate during the calibration process for polymer photogravure. It is in the form of pdf that should be printed off at 100% scale on a laser printer or inkjet printer. The markings allow an opaque card to reveal additional plate material under the screen in even increments. Its use is described in the book Polymer Photogravure: A Step-By-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice available here.

categories:  alternative processes, calibration, polymer photogravure, qtr, downloads   tags:  calibration, qtr, polymer photogravure, digital positives, download

Polymer Photogravure at Asheville Bookworks

posted on: October 5th, 2018

I will be teaching a polymer photogravure workshop in Asheville this autumn. This workshop will use a modern polymer coated plate to create an intaglio-etched surface, which will then produce the photographic gradation of tones making the photogravure one of the most beautiful continuous tone photographic printing process. The process presents a fantastic opportunity to expand the range of visual content that can be included in books and other similar projects. ⇒

categories:  alternative processes, workshop, photogravure, polymer photogravure   tags:  alternative process, gravure, polymer photogravure, workshop

Polymer Photogravure in Asheville

posted on: April 15th, 2016

I will be teaching a polymer photogravure workshop in Asheville this next spring. This workshop will use a modern polymer coated plate to create an intaglio-etched surface, which will then produce the photographic gradation of tones making the photogravure one of the most beautiful continuous tone photographic printing process. The process presents a fantastic opportunity to expand the range of visual content that can be included in books and other similar projects. ⇒

categories:  alternative processes, polymer photogravure, workshop   tags:  polymer photogravure, workshop

Polymer Gravure at Asheville Bookworks - April 2015

posted on: April 17th, 2015

I will be teaching a polymer photogravure workshop in Asheville in April 2015. This workshop will use a modern polymer coated plate to create an intaglio-etched surface, which will then produce the photographic gradation of tones making the photogravure one of the most beautiful continuous tone photographic printing process. The process presents a fantastic opportunity to expand the range of visual content that can be included in books and other similar projects. ⇒

categories:  alternative processes, polymer photogravure, workshop   tags:  polymer photogravure, workshop

QTR profiles for KM73 polymer plates

posted on: July 17th, 2014

Quadtone RIP profiles for making digital positives on the Epson R3000, 7800 and 1400 printers. These were created for use with the Toyobo KM73 flexographic plates. For more detailed information on the process go to polymerphotogravure.com.

categories:  alternative processes, polymer photogravure, digital positives   tags:  digital positives, polymer photogravure, alternative process, qtr