Learn all about the ‘Monophoto’ Filmsetter from Monotype. This machine attempts to bridge the gap in typesetting from the hot metal machines to the “new and exciting” world of photo typesetting.
The Monophoto machine is a casting machine that uses a photographic process to set type instead of the old, hot-metal process from the past. Using light-sensitive paper, a photographic lens, and photo type matrices, the Monotype casts type that can be used for offset printing.
At 6:38, see a diagram of how the Monophoto system works and exposes individual type characters on a drum of photo paper. At 8:34, see the hundreds of tiny pieces of film that make up the photographic matrix case and how they work inside of the machine.
Starting at 23:24 you can see the process of taking the film from the machine, processing it in a dark room, and producing a positive (or negative) that can be used for proofing and printing. If you're interested in the process of photo composition and layout, an in-depth explanation starts at 27:23. The film ends with a celebration of the shining future for Monotype in the world of photo typesetting.
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