Press n Peel Test 18

Test Summary
This trial built upon our earlier test and changed the values to the “Curves,” adjustment in Photoshop once again. The lighter colors were brought down to a darker color by this change, in hopes that the dot matrix eventually put down by the printer would be increased and result in more blocked off areas from the etch and thus become lighter.

Date: June 14, 2013
Researcher’s Name: Liz Bannish and Stephanie Gaumond
Plate Material: 0.32″ Copper
Plate Size: 4 x 5.25″
Room Temperature: 67°F

Plate Preparation
The plate was beveled, polished with 00 grade steel wool, and degreased with 1:1 soy sauce: water ratio.

Image resized from 72 ppi to 300 ppi.

The image was inverted first.

Color Balance: Highlights- Cyan= -31 Magenta= 0 Yellow= -26. Shadows- Cyan=0 Magenta=0 Yellow= 0

Channel Mixer: Monochrome box checked

Curves: We had the same black and white values from the previous test: Black= output 45 White= Output 225, Input 255. One middle point remained unchanged: Output 62/Input 64 (the gray-black), while the second was changed to be brought closer to the middle of the graph: Output 155/Input 175 (the gray-white). This gives the lighter grays a darker appearance in the inverted image, and the printer responds by putting more dots down on the film.

Aquatint screen filter= 50%

Print Parameters Used Let Photoshop determine the colors. Gray Gamma 2.2. Rendering intent=Perceptual. Presets=Plain Paper, Resolution HQ 1200

A grayscale from white to black was adjusted with the same above parameters to provide a clear, visual representation of our tonal range when subjected to such adjustments. It was printed alongside our original image (see below).

The Photoshopped image ready to print

The Photoshopped image ready to print

Etching Notes
Ferric Chloride 41 degrees Baume

Timed Application of Mordant
30 minutes

Removal of Grounds
Ground removed with Soy Solv Industrial Cleaner and rag and a toothbrush.

After Bath Evaluation
Plate etched well. Some very small areas of slash marks where the middle grays would be.

Inking Methods
Plates inked with Graphic Chemical Etching Ink in Bone Black

Paper Type: Hahnemuhle Copperplate
Paper Soaking Time: 10 Minutes
Press Blanket Setup: Charles Brand Press with 2 sizing catchers, at 1.0 pressure

Test Conclusion
The blacks are very nice, but ultimately the entire image is darker. White highlights were lost. Accompanying grayscale shows greater variation in the blacks, but loses this variation completely with the mid-to-light grays. Perhaps another, additional adjustment must be made to achieve the tonality we need.

Printed Images

Top to bottom: Pairing of etched plate and film positive of image, pairing of etched plate and film positive of grayscale; final printed images.

Top to bottom: Pairing of etched plate and film positive of image, pairing of etched plate and film positive of grayscale; final printed images.

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