Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Black-&-White Printing Redefined
Now is the time to upgrade your printer. The latest models can output prints that exhibit less metamerism, smoother tonal gradations and
One of the reasons black-and-white printing is becoming more popular is the availability of media that mimics the traditional darkroom prints of the analog world. High on this list are a variety of baryta papers from Ilford, Inkpress, Hahnemühle and Harman, among others. With smooth surfaces ideal for holding detail, these papers produce denser blacks (and more saturated colors), along with a feel that reminds one of a traditional print rather than the more plastic feel of many RC (resin-coated) papers.
Monochrome Utilities RIPs (Raster Image Processors) have been a popular option for black-and-white printing. A RIP like ImagePrint (www.colorbytesoftware.com) and QuadTone RIP (www.quadtonerip.com) both give full control over the printing process, with profiles that are optimized for printing monochrome images.
Epson Stylus Pro 790
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5100/6100/8100/9100
The flagship Canon printers use 12 Lucia pigment inks, including four blacks (Photo, Matte, Gray, Photo Gray), along with Red, Green and Blue primaries in addition to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Cyan and Photo Magenta. All four printers (17 inches, 24 inches, 44 inches and 60 inches, respectively) support borderless prints from roll media. Black-and-white prints use three blacks for tonal range, with Photo Black being used on RC papers (think gloss and luster), as well as the new fiber-based and baryta media available from a number of manufacturers. On fine-art papers like photo rag and watercolor, the Matte Black ink is used. Because both Matte and Photo Black inks are installed, there’s no swapping cartridges required when moving from one black to the other. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.
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