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August '17

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A&E AUGUST 2017 • 59 The font size for this should ideally not go below 1 /8 of an inch if possible. If using a font that is highly contrasted (on glass)—meaning the font is thick on one side and thin on the other—then a 0.25 - 0.5-point stroke is necessary. The font size for this can start at just over 1 /16 of an inch around 8 points. When working with small fonts like government warning labels on the backs of wine bottles, the smallest size should be around 8 points (just over 1 /16 of an inch) using a 0.25-point stroke on the lettering if you are not using the bold version of any font. Bold versions of some fonts don't need to be touched up. The image on page 58 shows two exam- ples of fonts. Adding a slight stroke makes the font stand out when it is sandcarved. Font Image 1 is before adding the stroke; Font Image 2 is after adding the stroke. THE ROLE OF PRINT FILM Choose the best print film for your detailed designs. Often I find customers trying to get detail in their photoresist film still using vellum or laser film as a print film. Your print film will play a role on the quality of the detail you achieve in your photoresist film. For detailed images, print these images on an inkjet printer with inkjet film. This will give you the best detail in your photo- resist film. You can still use vellum on your laser printer for the bold designs. Use the correct photoresist film for your artwork. Identify if the design is suitable for the mil thickness of photoresist film you are using. For example, if you commonly use a 5mil photoresist film, but the artwork is detailed, it will work better on a 4mil photoresist film. A general rule of thumb for sandcarving: do not etch deeper than the line is wide. Your customer is relying on your exper- tise to produce a quality sandcarved item. Don't be afraid to adjust the artwork for sandcarving. Let your customer know what will look the best. After all, recognition that is not readable is not recognition. Liz Haas has been a teacher, trainer and show coordi- nator for Rayzist Photomask for the past 15 years. For the past 10 years, she has actively taught workshops on the photoresist and the sand- carving process. A&E The TS30-1300 printer is an economical 54-inch transfer sublimation model that can produce a range of personalized products. Transfer your custom graphics to glass, ceramics, photo panels, metal, wood, textiles and more. Now available with fluorescent inks, it is ideal for creating prototypes, or producing on-demand and custom goods. Beyond textiles with fluorescent inks. Mimaki_TS30_H-hard.indd 1 6/14/17 12:25 PM

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