Have you found yourself with three plates etched, and you are not happy with the print from any of them? Maybe it’s time to refresh yourself on plate making 101. When etching plates, it is very important that your artwork is produced on good film with an ultra opaque image.
To check this, put a light source behind the image on the film and see if light passes through. If light passes through the image, your plates will be too shallow. Next select the right dot pattern. In choosing the right dot pattern, use large dot film (133 line) for bold images and small dot film (200 line) for fine images.