On the hottest day of the year, my grandmother’s vintage finger-biter fan is keeping the breeze moving in the shop.
This begins a series of tool tips highlighting the most useful store-bought product in my shop: the multi-purpose 3M Post-it Tape. Though likely you will see this product pop-up in many other tips, this will be the central hub of knowledge for this information.
…and work and turn again. And then flip. Work and turn is a press process where both sides of a sheet are printed using one plate or make-ready. In this case, I’m using this method to avoid handling tiny pieces of paper.
In the shop today, printing the yellow band on a greeting card. Dark indigo band is next. Then the back. Five times through the press in all.
Who doesn’t like a bleed? Well, usually the printer. Running an image off the page is a simple way to introduce a spatial effect to the printed page. However, the usual way to do it is to start with a larger sheet, and trim off the “bleeds” after printing.
Happy Type High Day to everyone observing the Gregorian calendar, and recognizing nine hundred and eighteen thousandths as your type standard.
My Challenge guillotine paper cutter is only capable of taking widths up to 25 inches wide. Since most of my parent sheets come in 26″ x 40″, I always have to make at least one cut on the table ( sometimes two ).
Another tool review for a product that I am receiving no affiliate money or advertising fees. I didn’t even get a free one. But I must endorse this tool as probably the best thing for quickly cleaning out a type case while causing the least amount of damage to the type. Read on.
Here begins a regular feature of the Tin Can News. ( Or if you are reading in reverse chronological order, this will be the last post. )
When I started as a printer, more than twenty years ago, I hustled my way into my first job. I wanted to be a printer, and all I had was ambition and a few ink drawings that I wanted to sell copies of. The small-town newspaper editor that hired me needed a press operator and was willing to give me a shot at it.
Thus began my dive into learning the printing trade in a one-press-operator town. The editor, near retirement age, had grown up in the print shop, but had spent most of his time: covering the city council, taking photos of house fires and car accidents, selling ads, calming down disgruntled customers, taking change-of-addresses over the phone, editing sloppy news copy, pasting-up pages just before deadline, enlarging prints in the darkroom, all things I would get to experience, as well, in my next fifteen years at the paper.
There are now several good resources online with all sorts of good advice, perhaps passed down through the ages from master press operator to printers devil. If you are starting out in this trade, I encourage you to follow their advice. Read all you can. Talk to other printers, most of them exist entirely for the chance to expound their squirreled-away knowledge. Some are jerks, but not many.
When you have expended every sensible attempt at making legible prints, one-at-a-time, and it’s late, the rest of the world is sleeping, and the lamp still burns over your press, and you just want to go home. Maybe you’ll remember one of these methods, and you will be inspired to improvise, ‘cause so-and-so made do, and got the job done, with the wrong tool for the wrong job. Press on.
Updated tag line
No longer print & design
Whatever, a rhyme
Mankato Life just posted a profile on Tin Can Valley Printing, covering my work in letterpress printing.
If this is your first visit here, don’t waste your time reading any of the news beyond this post. Seriously. Go poke around in the gallery. I’m slightly better at uploading pictures than writing news posts. But not much.
Everything new is old again.