16.11.2011 carla duschka
We can imagine the title of our book may have started to sound a little weary. But we hope this doesn't apply to those of you passionate about printing techniques and books, traces produced in different ways and on different materials.
To take one example: one of the main reasons we avoid single colour paper when designing a cover is that it doesn't allow you to print a title that is sufficiently visible. It's hard to find an offset ink that covers well, is strong and also visible. Hard, maybe even impossible. We often print in a single colour and leave the white text as knockout type, which creates the effect of printing light on dark. (See the cover of the Polish book discussed in my last article.) However, it’s clear that coloured paper is hard to match in terms of tactile quality and brightness.
The word "folio” has many meanings, but it is its relationship with the Romanian folie, meaning a thin foil, that interests us here. As with other printing terms in Romanian, folio was probably taken from the German Folienprägung (foil printing); otherwise folio initially referred to the format of the page or book. Today we essentially use it to describe the transfer of a layer of pigment on a foil to the desired media: paper, leather, different textures, etc. The transfer involves a special heated dye using a chemically corroded metal (zinc) in which the active surface becomes the design or type we wish to print. This zinc can also be used for embossed pressing if the pressure is adjusted correspondingly. We tried out this technique with the cover of our latest book. Two-colour foil printing with embossed pressing. Until you get your hands on the book – not long to go now! – we’ve prepared a few images for you.

We’ll discuss embossed pressing and screen printing in a future article.



carla duschkaattended the graphic arts department at the University of Arts Bucharest and studied book design at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She works as a graphic designer at Atelierul de grafica Bucharest and is assistant lecturer at theUniversity of Arts. CD is co-founder of the GF project.
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mada

17.11.2011 la 09:31

excelent, abia asteptam sa atingem asa o carte... la cat mai multe si bune carti!

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