Re: smooth gravure tones!
Scratches in the ink, which sounds like what you're describing can be prevented. I've found when there's alot of ink on the surface, the plate is more prone to surface scratches in the ink.
My wiping technique:
1. Soft tarlatain: "Grind" ink into plate with a twist of the wrist going in one direction, then the other. Not a lot of pressure, mind you. The objective here is to gently work ink into the plate.
2. Phone book pages. Lift ink off plate using phone book pages in broad circular motions, growing gradually smaller.
3. Tissue paper. Gently even out and smoothen out the ink with cheap tissue paper.
4. Optional - palm wipe to lift off any remaining specs or scratches in the ink.
5. Thoroughly wipe edges, flip over, wipe back, wipe edges again.
Hope that helps!
Hi Christina, and thanks a lot. What did you mean about grit??? Something bugging me is that when I'm wiping the plate I get little circles (when i'm wiping in circular motion), of darker streaks. They mostly show up in the darks, and when I wipe over it by hand I feel little "gritty" stuff. Anyone else? (see I toldja i'd start in on some other imperfection right away) Susan On 5/8/07, Christina Z. Anderson <email@example.com> wrote:Wow, Susan, have you progressed. Plus your images are beautiful.