Re: Inkjet negatives and Van Dyke Brownprints

From: Sandy King ^lt;>
Date: 11/19/04-03:51:47 PM Z
Message-id: <a06020419bdc41a341b7f@[]>

Absolutely, the potential contrast of the dye sets of different
printers varies tremendously. And that fact, which anyone who has
worked with more than one printer recognizes almost immediately, is
at the heart of Mark Nelson PDN system because it allows you to match
the contrast of the printer ink set, whether it be dye-based or
pigment-based, to your process. No ifs ands or buts, just precise


>One of the things I learned in the beginning is that each ink jet
>printer gives a different result, so curves have to be created for
>the printer as much as for any other variable. I made preliminary
>tests using black ink on the Epson Photo EX, Epson 1280, and Epson
>3000, and the best results were with the 3000 so I tweaked that
>curve a few more times and printed all my negs with black ink on
>the 3000. Earlier this year, the 3000 developed problems that
>weren't worth fixing, so I will have to go through the curve testing
>again but will start with the curve that worked for the 3000. Here
>it is:
>0 - 6
>5 - 11
>10 - 15
>20 - 18
>30 - 21
>40 - 25
>50 - 29
>60 - 34
>70 - 38
>80 - 46
>90 - 58
>100 - 96
>I hope this helps. Grace
>On Friday, November 19, 2004, at 11:34 AM, Joe Smigiel wrote:
>>>>> 11/19/04 11:07 AM >>>
>>I've been making Van Dyke Brown prints for about three years and all
>>of them have been made using digitally enlarged 35mm film. I use
>>Pictorico transparencies and developed a curve that fit the Van Dyke
>>chemicals, the transparency material, and the ink jet printer I was
>>using. You can see some of the prints on my page in
>> and my page in
>>under "photographers". Grace
>>Thanks for the links Grace. Care to share the curve/printer data?
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