Direct-to-plate techniques for Artists using polymer plates taught by Clay Harmon and Matt Magruder, Aug 1-3, 2024
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Direct-to-plate techniques for Artists using polymer plates taught by Clay Harmon and Matt Magruder, Aug 1-3, 2024

Regular price $600.00 $0.00

Direct-to-plate is a platemaking technique that utilizes inkjet printers to create both the image and aquatint directly on a polymer plate prior to exposure.

This three-day workshop will introduce participants to methods for using this technique for creating photopolymer printing plates. While the primary emphasis will be on continuous tone photogravure printing from digital image files, the method is not strictly limited to photographic imagery. We will also teach techniques for creating plates from hand-drawn artwork.

 DTP Advantages 

  1. No intermediate positive or negative is needed. This saves on material costs during the platemaking process.
  2. No vacuum frame is needed to expose the photopolymer. Traditional two-exposure methods require a vacuum frame to ensure perfect contact between the aquatint screen and the plate. This method applies inkjet printer ink directly to the plate, which allows plates to be exposed using any UV light source, including the sun.
  3. This method is much more tolerant of exposure variations than the two exposure method, and predictable results are achievable even when using imperfect UV light sources.
  4. This method can be used for both intaglio and relief plates. The only difference is whether a positive or negative image is used.

 Topics covered

  1. Use of the QuadToneRIP printer driver for creating printing profiles for this process. A streamlined calibration process will be demonstrated on the final day of the class for those who are interested.
  2. Creation of both intaglio and relief plates using this technique.
  3. Methods for creating plates from hand-drawn artwork.
  4. Intaglio printing techniques, including paper preparation, inking, wiping and a simple chine collé approach.
  5. Incorporation of digital methods into a workflow.
  6. Software and hardware options for this technique.

The workshop includes a $100 materials fee, which will cover the cost of four A4-size plates, printmaking paper, ink and inkjet printer ink. Additional plates will be available for sale during the workshop for anyone interested in making more plates.

The workshop participant will need to have either digital photo images or hand drawn artwork which we can scan to use for making plates. All other materials and equipment will be supplied in the class.

The workshop will be taught by Matt Magruder and Clay Harmon. 

The workshop will be from 8:30AM to 5PM on August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2024. We will conduct the workshop at our studio at 96 Weaverville Road Suite 108 in North Asheville.  

The cost for the three-day workshop will be $600 which includes a $75 material fee. There will be space for up to 4 participants in this workshop.


All of our workshops are given at our studio, located at:

96 Weaverville Rd. Suite 108

Asheville NC 28804

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Hahnemehule Paper is a generous sponsor of our workshops and will supply the wonderful Hahnemeuhle Platinum Rag and Hahnemeuhle Etching papers. Check out their range of papers at our website.

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