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Post Keyblock printing
Can you print the keyblock last? I have a design where it feels like the black silhouette should go on last.


Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:36 pm
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Post Re: Keyblock printing
It can certainly be done that way, although there are some qualifications.

In designs with very delicate registration, the 'key' block (I'm assuming this is black) really needs to be in place before the colours go down, or you'll never get them lined up. But if the registration isn't critical, or the black lines are nice and fat - thus covering mis-steps - then doing it last is fine. Here's an example:
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Another thing to remember is that there can be two black blocks - one for the normal key lines, and one for a 'highlight' black (usually much deeper darker black, not suitable for outlines). Print the key first as usual, and then the rich black area last. This was very common in the old days for ukiyo-e prints to give a nice rich black on hair masses, etc.

This little print was done that way - the silhouette on the scroll is a separate block:
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