Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Aquatint Screen

Once you have your photopolymer film adhered to the plate you're ready to make an exposure. I like to expose my first layer of film to an aquatint screen (dot screen) to ensure that I will get strong darks in my print.

I lay my plate in the exposure unit, place the dot screen over the plate (emulsion side down) drop the glass and start the vacuum. For my unit, I expose the screen for 20 light units.

Once the exposure is complete, I remove the top protective layer of acetate from the Imagon and I'm ready to apply a second layer of film over the first.

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