Jul 092010

Very interesting news from HP this week with the introduction of their Large Format Photo Negative Application for use with the specialist equipment used here in the studio—the 44″ HP DJz3200.

What does this mean?  Well, for the first time, we will be able to properly use digital files printed onto a unique substrate to produce high resolution negatives for analogue print-making purposes.  As the Press Release describes:

“Large-format photo negatives can be used as masters to produce high-quality fine art prints in a wide range of classic, alternative photographic processes. These include monochrome or color processes, such as cyanotype, photogravure, platinotypes, dye-transfer, gum bichromate and carbro.”

Having worked for several years with HP on the beta programme for the DJz3100 and DJz3200, this is an exciting and interesting development for this technology.  Jack Lowe Studio plans to offer this as a service when the software and materials are released later in the year—I’ll keep you posted…

  4 Responses to “HP Introduces Large Format Photo Negative Application”

  1. Jack,
    it does sound interesting. Especially for contact printing proceses.

    I have a friend/client who made / makes platinum prints his original method was to make contact printing negatives himself (using an enlarger) onto a “lith” film, that film became very rare and was eventually discontinued.
    The next method involved travelling to Texas from the UK to get full size neg’s made so he could produce his amazing platinum prints. The travel was expensive of course, but it was the only imagesetter he could find that was run “properly”. ]An imagesetter is normally (or “was normally”) used to make printing plates before Computer To Plate came along.] Unfortunately once they found out what he was doing with the negs [and what platinum prints go for] they increased the price substantially.
    Back to the drawing board. Quite a few years of experimentation with the occasional tempting success led to the decision that it was not practically possible to do this on an Epson inkjet as the rollers almost always marked the film (in stripes).
    He’s going to be pleased to see the HP announcement. [Although Epson said it was possible too, so I guess the proof of the pudding is in a proper test.]
    Keep us posted, eh?
    and have a great weekend

  2. Thanks for the comment, Neil. I’m sure I know who you’re talking about and it would be great to help out when the time comes… JL

  3. Sounds interesting Jack. I’m curious about the substrate. Is this an HP product. It seems that its the ‘substrate that shall not speak its name’

    My previous attempts at processes like these were always hampered by the lack of a substrate that could hold detail, tone and also have good UV transmission characteristics. Has this been cracked?

  4. Hi Paul,

    This is an interesting new arena for me (using the technology for this purpose) – the manual mentions the issues that you have outlined and seems to imply that they have been cracked.

    Interestingly, HP mention Elliott Erwitt in their Press Release as one of their testers and early adopters – this could be viewed as good credibility for the process?

    HP recommend two substrates in the manual – Premium Clear Film® (http://www.premierimagingproducts.com) and OHP film Pictorico® (http://www.pictorico.com).

    I’m just at the installation and digestion stage at the moment but will keep you posted with progress. I anticipate offering this as a service within the next month or so…

    Best wishes, Jack

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