The making of seemingphoto.com print by Lostgens。 老少咸宜，歡迎觀看！
In sequence of photos:
- Selected types to form the texts.
- Framed and positioned the types according to the expected layout in a compositor.
- Assembled and locked the types.
- 30 minutes later, still assembling, yes it was tedious but fun. I was happily taking a break to snap photos, let the masters do the job lah.
- Performing leading by inserting thin strip of leads within the gaps of types. You know, we call this letter and paragraph spacing in Microsoft Word.
- Done, looking good and all good to go! The types can't wait to be pressed.
- Carefully pushing the compositor onto the platen.
- Locking the compositor against the platen.
- Time to take out my roller blade, a mini one, yeah!
- Rolling out inks for letterpress printing. Arm muscles needed here as the inks were quite thick, although they are water-based.
- We are using water-based inks for this print instead of oil-based for faster drying time. Fast as in 24 to 48 hours, oil-based takes around one week. 師傅, I cannot wait that long lah.
- Spread the inks on top of the types.
- Carefully place a paper on top of the compositor, and rock-n-roll!
- I was doing the actual pressing (the hardwork you know) hence no photo taken. This was after the press, lift up the paper carefully, you don't want to have motion-blur effect on your print.
- Hooray, seemingphoto.com is ready.
- Let's hang the prints like hanging my clothes at home.
- Alright, lacking the patience to wait for the prints to dry, I found a quicker solution, but please do it gently, the prints need care.
- Last but not least don't forget to wipe clean the types, with water will do, not shampoo.
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