Finally getting around to doing a process thread, since we can now do everything in house here at the shop.
We are doing a print and card by Joe; the print will be two colors (black and gold) plus a blind-debossed layer, the card will be black and gold as well.
Just found out, after five years of doing this, that the place across from our platemaker outputs negatives. I thought they were a digital print shop, and why no one told me this is beyond me. So here's a big ass negative straight from an Illustrator file:
I cut the negatives down, and then the photopolymer gets trimmed:
Into the exposure unit for 3 minutes:
Time for the wash-out, another 2 to 3 minutes:
One of the card images:
Two of the larger plates for the print:
Once it's washed out, we rinse the plates off, blot them and then into the drying rack for 20 minutes:
Once they dry, they need to come back up to room temp, and then get post-exosed for about 5 minutes.
Finished plates for the card:
Wanted to test one of the plates and the gold ink, so we threw this on the press. This will actually be printed in black for the finished card:
Next up is the printing.