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    Why are some press plates backwards, and some aren't?

    It seems to be they should all be backwards... no?




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    I believe the ink is transferred to another roller before being applied to the paper. Most 'backward' ones are for Finest type cards because it is printed on the back of the acetate.


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    I think it has to do with what it's printing onto. I know that Bowman plates are the same picture as seen on the card, while Bowman Chrome plates are reversed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bane50 View Post
    Most 'backward' ones are for Finest type cards because it is printed on the back of the acetate.
    Quote Originally Posted by corockies View Post
    I think it has to do with what it's printing onto. I know that Bowman plates are the same picture as seen on the card, while Bowman Chrome plates are reversed.
    Ah, that makes sense. I always wondered about the normal vs. reversed plates and meant to ask this question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxabuser View Post
    I can't believe after all these years you remember I was in the printing industry. How's it going?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bane50 View Post
    I believe the ink is transferred to another roller before being applied to the paper. Most 'backward' ones are for Finest type cards because it is printed on the back of the acetate.
    Close, but the ink rollers never touch the paper. The paper in offset printing is contacted by a blanket. It is ink rollers to plate, plate to blanket and then blanket to paper. You are correct on the 'backward' plates for printing on the back of acetate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    I can't believe after all these years you remember I was in the printing industry. How's it going?
    You popped my online trade cherry on BO back in 2010. You never forget your first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxabuser View Post
    You popped my online trade cherry on BO back in 2010. You never forget your first.

    I'm pretty good; living in Portland working as a network engineer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bane50 View Post
    I believe the ink is transferred to another roller before being applied to the paper. Most 'backward' ones are for Finest type cards because it is printed on the back of the acetate.


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    Solid explanation. Makes sense. Thanks

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    Thanks guys! I was starting to think some of them were just for show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    I can't believe after all these years you remember I was in the printing industry. How's it going?



    Close, but the ink rollers never touch the paper. The paper in offset printing is contacted by a blanket. It is ink rollers to plate, plate to blanket and then blanket to paper. You are correct on the 'backward' plates for printing on the back of acetate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxabuser View Post
    You popped my online trade cherry on BO back in 2010. You never forget your first.

    I'm pretty good; living in Portland working as a network engineer.
    Right on, hope you like it there. I have friends there but have never been to the N.W., heard great things.

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    I set type on two Kluges
    I never had a chance to do type setting. I ended my print career as a lead pressman on a 12 color, 6/6 40" Heidelberg.
    After I had identified a few, I saw and recognized the shade of him who made, through cowardice, the great refusal.

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