press n peel test 22

press n peel test 22

Date: September 26, 2013
Researcher’s Name: Cathe Janke and Kristin Fitzpatrick

Test Summary
The purpose of this test was to see if using a different camera, one with a higher mega pixel, would result in a cleaner image and transfer.

First, using a Sony cybershot DSC-H2 camera we took a photo of an interior that had a variety of whites, grays, and blacks (interior of printshop with windows) 180 dpi is higher resolution than previous tests.


The image was then brought into Photoshop and saved as a RAW file. Followed the “Photo Intaglio with PCB Press n Peel Film’’ Photoshop adjustment sheet, from test #17.

Photoshop Settings
Image>Image Size> 300ppi
The image was inverted. Color Balance: Highlights- Cyan= -31 Magenta= 0 Yellow= -26. Shadows- Cyan=0 Magenta=0 Yellow= 0. Channel Mixer: Monochrome box checked.
Curves: Black=45 White=225. Two middle points: Output 62/Input 64 (the gray-black) and Output 171/Input 175 (the gray-white). Aquatint screen filter= 50%

The image was printed on PCB Press n Peel film on a Brother HL2280DW laser printer
Print Parameters Used Let Photoshop determine colors. Gray Gamma 2.2. Rendering intent=Perceptual. Presets= Plain Paper, Resolution HQ 1200

We waited 5 days before transferring it to the copper plate.

Test Summary- This test set out to answer two questions:
1. will a higher dpi in the original image make a distinct difference in the final print.
2. will the transfer be impacted by the amount of time between printing the film and adhering it to the plate. In this experiment we made one Press n Peel image that was immediately transferred to the plate and one Press n Peel image that sat for 5 days before transferring.

Plate Material: .032 Copper 
Plate Size: 4.5″ x 6” 
Room Temperature: 73 degrees Farenheit, dry

Plate Preparation
: Two plates were used for this trial. The plates were beveled, polished with 00 grade steel wool, and degreased with soy sauce and bon ami.

The image was printed on the PCB film with a Brother HL2280DW laser printer.

“New” film printed that day.

“Old” film that had sat for 5 days with the toner on the plate.

The copper plate was placed on a phone book and the film was placed on its surface print-side-down. The film was carefully heated to the plate with a tacking iron for 8 minutes at 300 degrees F.

After the plate is cooled and contact paper is added to the back of the plate, the film is peeled off the plate.


Testers found that backing the plate with contact paper was most pragmatic AFTER the plate had been ironed and cooled and with the film still adhered to the plate.


Etching Notes
The plate was etched in a 39 degrees Baume Ferric Chloride bath in a vertical tank.
Time in Bath  20 minutes

Removal of Grounds
: Plates were saturated with SoySolvII degreaser and left to soak for 5 minutes. Ground was then wiped off easily with a rag.
After Bath Evaluation: 
The plate etched effectively with no visible damage to the image quality.


Inking Methods: 
Plate was inked with Graphic Chemical Etching Ink in Bone Black, applied with a piece of mat board. It was gently hand-wiped in an outwards motion with a piece of tarletan. Then paper wiped.
Paper Type: Hahnemuhle, white
Paper Soaking Time: 10 Minutes
Press Blanket Setup: Takach pressure at 5.5,  2 blankets, sheet of newsprint

A proof of the “New” plate


A proof of the “Old” plate


Both plates were printed a second time with ½ transparent base and ½ ink.

“New” plate printed with 50% transparent base, 50% Bone Black.


“Old” plate printed with 50% transparent base, 50% Bone Black.


Test Conclusion-
Question 1: Starting with a higher dpi in the original image did not appear to make a difference. Using a RAW file didn’t appear to make a difference.
Question 2: The film that sat for 5 days seemed to have more information and create a clearer image than the film that was transferred immediately. In terms of inking and printing. There are more more grays with the 50% transparent base ink mix (than straight ink)

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