RE: Cutting polymer plates
> Question: How particular are people about keeping their plates in the
> dark when handling/cutting? My newest batch I've been a little picky
> about in terms of keeping them out of the light sort of as a test. The
> results so far have been greater plate tone, presumably due to their
> "fresher" state and greater sensitivity. Used to be, I'd cut them in
> all conditions short of being in full direct sunlight -- ambient or
> reflected light was OK. Now I'm not so sure that was a good idea.
> David Hoptman would recommend only cutting plates in a dark room under
> safe lights. Seems like a reasonable precaution to take. What do
> others do/think?
I think you're on to something, Jon. I've been cutting my plates under
fluorescent lights, which I recently discovered significantly fog my pt/pd
prints in a matter of 1-2 minutes. Since km73 is faster under UVBL than
pt/pd, I wouldn't be surprised if my plates have been "fogging" too. That
may account for my utter lack of plate tone... :)