Awards & Engraving

December '16

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in the artwork and what's the best way to section those off within the artwork? What photoresist film will be used in the process? Will this be a front blast or back blast? All this information will determine how the artwork is set up. While looking at the computer screen, think of every isolated instance of the graphic as a single stage. Essentially, whatever sec- tion of film can be removed, or peeled off, during the sandcarving process can be considered a stage. It's also nice to number the stages, or create a key, for the artwork. In the end, it's up to the creator and their vision when creating the masterpiece. Don't be afraid to do some tests before working on the final project. When using a dr y-process film, the artwork needs to be inverted, or changed to a negative image. To invert artwork in a vector program, there are some quick and simple steps that can be performed before printing. Stage carving looks best as a back blast, so the artwork will also need to be mirrored. This step is quick, simple, and can be done at the end of the design process prior to printing. STEP TWO: PRINTING With any artwork print job, inkjet media is best as it produces the most successful and consistent results. Printing with a laser printer is possible; however, it may cost more time and money in the long run. When printing black ink, make sure it's 100 percent black within your artwork program of choice. After printing the artwork, hold it up to the light. You should not be able to see through the black ink on the printout. STEP THREE: EXPOSING AND PHOTORESIST FILM After the artwork is printed, it will now be exposed onto the photoresist film. For efficient and optimum results, a dry-process photoresist film works best for a three-stage carve. The thicker U nique to sandcarving, stage carving is a quick and easy process to add to your bag of tools to help increase the value and overall ROI on any corporate award project. Stage carving is where multiple stages are carved out, or removed, from the substrate. This not only gives dimension and depth of field, but also boosts the value of an award. Technically, you can sandcarve as many stages as you want. However, a simple three- stage carving is quick, easy, and can substantially increase the value of any corporate award. Following is an outline on how to execute a simple stage carve to spice up corporate awards. STEP ONE: ARTWORK A successful sandcarved project stems from great artwork. When prepping artwork for a multiple stage carving, there's a handful of things to keep in mind. What should the finished award look like; what's the vision? How many stages are needed ✦ 42 ✦ Glass & Crystal Report • A&E DECEMBER 2016 By Michael Sullivan How to Dress Up Corporate Awards with Simple Stage Carving ALL IMAGES COURTESY MICHAEL SULLIVAN It's a good idea to number the stages, or create a key, for the artwork. Stage carving is a great way to get high-end, multi-dimensional awards.

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