I have been using Photopolymer plates for years. I’m really happy using them, until I have to re-print. Recently I have been contemplating using magnesium plates for those I know I will print again in the future. I’m torn mostly because of cost.
The 2 most frustrating and the most time consuming things when I re-printing would be;
1. Keeping the plate down in some areas. I wouldn’t want to re-stick the plates every time I re-print.
2. Re-printing a job that has either 2 or more colors, I would of cut up the plate(s) (I would of ganged artwork up to save on plate costs) and to figure out all the pieces or even lining up all the cut up pieces, doesn’t work out as well the second time around.
So, is the answer to invest in Magnesium plates? What is your preference between the 2 different type of plates when doing re-prints? Or any other suggestions?