From: Eric Neilsen (email@example.com)
Date: 09/20/02-07:16:49 AM Z
Judy , You'll also want to pay attention to the output selections within
the printer driver. The various setting can take a very good image and
make it less than perfect.
There are software packages, Greytag Macbeth - Profile Maker, which help
greatly in over coming the problems of monitor to printer ink problems.
Each of your 5 substrates will require an optimized curve or icc profile
to make it match your digital file and paper or substrate. Color
management (or B&W output) is the great obstacle to "plug and play".
Numbers may not lie, but they can certainly be interpreted in a variety
of ways, just ask any politician. : )
Eric Neilsen Photography
4101 Commerce Street, Suite 9
Dallas, TX 75226
From: Judy Seigel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 12:34 AM
Subject: digital question (flaunt expertise, please...)
To all digital "experts" or wannabes:
I have, between catastrophes, been trying to generate enough info on
digital negatives (the first cause of the most hellacious upgrade in the
history of ones & 0s) for an article slated for the vaunted P-F #8. I
seem to be moving backwards, however, stumbling in well-covered ground.
For instance, here's how I made a 21-step for digital tests:
I made a ramp from zero to 100% in Photoshop, then posterized it into 21
(Even if you did this at 5% and 95% I doubt results would be much
So here's my question:
Why does it print fewer steps -- on each of 5 substrates I'm testing --
than the Stouffer 21-step I'm printing next to it.
And I mean by about a third.
And here's my other question -- the Stouffer 21-step shows lovely even
steps -- about 6, 7 or even 8, in various gum emulsions, depending on
length of the soak. My digital 21-steps from hell are, except for the
on mere vellum (feh!, kid stuff) wildly uneven -- sort of grand canyon
leaps at top, then squished at the bottom. (The vellum "curve" is quite
straight... but the material is otherwise problematic and I'm trying to
find something better.)
Sneers OK if info is good.
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