Print Resurfacing is one of my favorite techniques.  A variety of effects can be achieved through the simple process of heat pressing a printed image with a piece of specialty paper, ie: matte or gloss, between the print surface and the heat platten.  We have used this technique successfully over the years to mimic litho-transfer, create high-gloss jewel-tone, or even just to enhance halftone printing.  With a little R&D time (oh how I wish we had some) and creativity, many more effects could be achieved.  The following images show the two varieties of paper that we typically utilize as well as a promotional print that we use to show both resurfacing effects next to a standard print:


Matte paper is shown on left and gloss paper on right. The surface of the ink will take on the characteristics of whichever paper variety is utilized


This promotional piece shows different resurfacing effects on the same image (left and right). The image in the center is untreated.


Standard print without treatment.  Note the moderate fibrillation.


Matte resurfacing smoothes the print surface in both a visual and tactile sense.


Gloss resurfacing smooths the print surface as well as creating a sheen. The level of sheen will vary depending on the inks in use.


Detail shot of the untreated print


Detail shot of the matte resurfacing effect


Extreme detail of the untreated print


Extreme detail of the resurfaced print. Note the halftone clarity and definition



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