Re: Faux pyro for Epson 1280

From: Clay Harmon ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 04/26/04-11:05:47 AM Z
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I have been using this method with great success for several months.
First, my two-cent theory on why this is working so well on the 1280: I
noticed after making a boatload of negatives that this color scheme
drains the color inks from the cartridge at nearly identical rates.
This is in contrast to the orange colorization method, which, of
course, uses the yellow and magenta colors disproportionately. Could
it be the fact that the ALL the heads/nozzles/jets are laying down ink
that I am getting the smoother highlight gradation versus the orange
spectral density negatives?

In regard to the 8 bit vs 16 bit question, I do all my editing AND do
the contrast adjustment curve in 16-bit mode, and then switch to 8-bit
mode for the last indexed color step. I have tried 'curving' my image
in 8bit mode, and the results are much less satisfactory when I move on
to the color indexing step. So I would recommend a slight deviation
from Keith's instructions and make sure and apply the curve in 16bit
mode, and only convert to 8bit right before you do the color indexing
step. I have created a photoshop action that does all these steps with
a single button push, so the whole thing is basically brainless at this

I HIGHLY encourage anyone with a 1280 to try this method. IME, it is

On Apr 26, 2004, at 11:20 AM, Sandy King wrote:

> Don,
> Thanks for posting the link to Keith Schreiber's site.
> I have a question and wonder if Kerik or anyone else who makes
> negatives this way might address. Most everyone indicates that there
> are considerably benefits from starting with a 16-bit file and keeping
> it in 16-bit all the way through printing. But Keith's method appears
> to require conversion of the 16-bit file to 8-bit for color indexing.
> Is there something unique about color indexing that reduces or
> eliminates the disadvantages that normally ensue from conversion of
> files from 16-bit to 8-bit?
>> Since last week's e-mails covering Keith Schreiber's colorization
>> method for
>> ink jet negatives I have discovered that Keith has now updated his
>> web site
>> with an illustrated explanation of his inkjet negative workflow.
>> Visit Keith's website and get the details.
>> Don Bryant
Received on Mon Apr 26 12:40:38 2004

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