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5 - Smoothing and Kentou

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Unit 5 – Smoothing Channels and Kentou

In this final stage of our carving we will prepare the carved block for printing. These are only a few steps but nevertheless important for successful printing. What we do in this stage reduces unwanted embossing marks from the printing process and gives us accurate registration.

Aim

We will smooth off the outer edges of the channels we carved in the previous unit. With the same tool we will also skim ridges in the channel. Then we will cut the kentou (registration notches).

Resources

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Introduction

What we will be doing and the tools you will need to use

1:58

 

Smoothing

How to use the tools to achieve a good result, and understanding the level of smoothness required for trouble free printing

8:30

 

Kentou

How to cut the kentou accurately

11:44

 

Notes

Notes on the process and tools required

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Picture Note

Cutting kentou

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Before progressing to the next step, you should have…

Clean and smooth channels around each of your colour areas and each block will have kentou accurately cut.

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