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Re: Templates for Digital Negatives (Cyanotype, gum and carbon)

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  • Subject: Re: Templates for Digital Negatives (Cyanotype, gum and carbon)
  • From: Jeremy Moore <jeremydmoore@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 18:59:40 -0500
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Hi Mac,

I just use a photoshop action that automates the process once I have the image to the size I am going to print it and it has been sharpened. I print using the QTR RIP so my action flips my image horizontally and inverts it--the curve is applied by the QTR RIP as the image is being sent to the printer. One thing to watch out for is that the curves are different based on a lot more than just the alternative process employed (New Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Carbon, etc) and the inkjet printer used as every one of us has different formulas for mixing up their chemistry and different working methods. While it's always great to have something that you can use so you can see that final image in the wash right away I think you'll have a much smaller headache if you create your own curves for the processes than if you try and modify someone else's.


On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 6:42 PM, redrocket <redrocket@cox.net> wrote:

I'm trying to get back into digital negs. A couple years ago someone on the list pointed me to some detailed step by steps. I've long forgotten the details. I just read a  Dan Burkholder article online describing the use of a TEMPLATE with all the different adjustment layers. Just switch on the individual curve etc. for your particular process. It appears his template is only for Plat. and Silver Gelatin.

So, just to get me started again, can anyone share their own TEMPLATEs. I have CS on both a Mac and PC. And an Epson 220 and access to a 2400. I'm interested in getting back into New Cyantype and old. Gum and Carbon. I liked the idea of just dragging your image to the template and switching on the Curves for the particular process. Then colorization, then Invert and print. But it would be much appreciated to have at least a starting point TEMPLATE.

So if anyone can help I'd appreciate it. I did a bit of Plad. and Palladium years ago, so I would be interested in that as well. Especially to be able to see the different curves for each process. You can contact me off list.