Process for Print Making
One of my goals is to make prints that can be hung on the wall. Once
the process is understood it will be time to concentrate on the art.
We prefer black & white prints to color. The reason may be
historical. When I was doing lab work color was expensive, tedious,
and error prone. My last efforts were in the '70s. The prints I have
from that period are very poor. Today with ink-jet printers, 8 x 10
prints from 35mm images scanned with low cost scanners are easy and
quite good. I'm amazed. In an interesting reversal there are some
challenges in digital black & white. The scanning and ink-jet printing
don't do as well with B&W as compared to color. One answer seems to be
in the digital analog to toning using the duotone mechanism in
PhotoShop. Another is Piezography.
In broad brush the process might be:
1. Take pictures using negative film.
1. Process the film.
1. Digitize the images.
1. Process the digital images using PhotoShop as the 'light' room.
1. Print the images with an ink jet printer.
1. Document the process on this web site.
The old negatives could be handled from step 3. So far I've captured
over 2000 old slides mostly dating from the late 50s into the 80s. In
addition many archive sheets of color and b&w negative in both 35mm
An initial cut for this process is documented here.
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