Watch this colorful and hypnotic inking of a letterpress

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Always restful to watch a craftsman, thank you

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I used to work a press in highschool. Ran it first thing in the morning in a tiny tiny room behind a local radio station. The fumes from the ink and the acetone I used to empty the press would make the door change size and shape. The ceiling would shoot up into the sky and then melt slowly back onto my head. Prolly explains my grades back then.


VOC-ational school!


Print/publishing company I worked for many years ago used this technique for promo leaflets, on litho machines. The ink duct would be divided up across its width, with a different colour in each section, and the slight side-to-side motion of the inking rollers would blend the edges into a pleasing rainbow effect.

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