by Elaine Luther

I was thinking about the various quality issues for those who make their own photopolymer plates. One of the challenges is getting the negative/transparency in very close contact with the photopolymer.

Most home set ups use glass and clamps.

So I had this idea — what if you laminated the negative to the photopolymer?

Then they would be in perfect, airless contact. If you have a home laminating machine, you could try this easily. If you don’t, you could take it out to the parent teacher store, have them laminate quickly, then pop the whole thing back into your black plastic envelope, rush home and expose your plate.

When you’re done exposing, just cut the laminated bit open, wash your plate and rescue the negative. Voila!

(c) Elaine Luther 2007 All Rights Reserved

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