about Versamask system
I'm not able to find information in english about versamask system.
First of all, is there someone who is using it? Is it worthwhile? Can I use it for many paper size or there is a frame for any paper size? Can I modify the white edge on the paper as we usually do with a common easel?
versamask became quite popular here in Germany.
I haven't used it becausee I want the fexibility of a classic four blade easel.
The versamask consists of a PVC baseboard with holes for alignment. These holes hold pins which are used to align the paper and the black 1.5mm steel mask. These masks are heavy enough to hold FB flat and are FIXED. This means for every paper size and window size you need a seperate mask.
There are standard masks but I think custom windows are available too.
The big advantage is the precise rectangle or square.
If you use more or less always the same paper size and the same window, this is for you. If not, not.
www.versamask.de is the homepage, google might help with translation.
Last edited by ath; 01-26-2010 at 02:30 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Robert Vonk gave a link to the Versamask here on APUG. I think he may have sold them. Problem is that the search engine on APUG isn't very good. Try googling it and it may refer you to the APUG thread. I think Andreas' link is probably the same as the one given on APUG. It looks like there still isn't a translation into English.
The mask gives you very precise black keylines as well around the white border when required. Don't know where you are but if you are U.K. based then the £ euro exchange rate makes the Versamask quite expensive. Looks to be very well made and should last forever.
please help me to understand something more about cost. On the site you've kindly posted I read "40x50 fur die Papiermate 18x24, 20x25, 21x30....... euro 89,90". Does this mean euro 89,90 for each frame, then?
Thanks for your kindness,
I have a Versamask easel, and I am very happy with it. The easel itself is made of thick and heavy PVC and the masks and the easel are very well made. You will need a mask for every paper size/format you want to use. The masks are quite expensive, but I think they are worth it.
I print a limited set of sizes, so it works well for me.
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No, it means €89,9 for the easel. The masks generally cost €40-50,-
Originally Posted by pluto
You're right. It sounds and is expensive, but it is very exact. The trick is that the registration pins that you push the paper against also hold the masks.
Originally Posted by pluto
For every frame size you need a different mask. So it will only works if you have a limited amount of paper sizes.
If you have a lot of different paper sizes you can better buy a 4 blade easel. E.g. Dunco 90/5 for a 40x50cm version : http://www.dunco.de
Versamask is sold only in Germany since 2008. Phototec was sold to another German company and therefore stopped int. sales of Versamask.
You can order by sending an e-mail to the address mentioned on versamask.de. I think they will send their products worldwide.