BWMastery.com has created a Mac-based software tool called QuadToneProfiler-QuickCurve that enables a very streamlined linearization workflow for making digital positives for steel-backed polymer plates. This is a 20-page pdf description of that workflow.
Check the downloads section for a new downloadable pdf file that covers the process of creating a linearized calibration workflow for positives used in making polymer photogravure plates. This new piece of software from BWMastery.com allows the use of QTR to create perfectly calibrated positives from which to make polymer intaglio plates.
Here is a direct link to that download page:
This file is an image file that is useful in calculating the screen exposure time for polymer plates. Its use is described in the book Polymer Photogravure: A Step-By-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice available here. This file saves a step in that it can be used both for determining the screen exposure value for a polymer plate and also can be used for determining the upper and lower limits (Photoshop Levels) that will be used when printing the positive.
This is a cobbled-together stepwedge (also called a target by some) that is used in polymer plate calibration. It contains both a single line 21-step image that is 0-100% black in steps of 5% as well as a 51-step image in 3 rows of 17 that encompasses the same range from 0-100% black but in steps of 2%. It is used when calibrating polymer plates (or digital negatives) to refine the QuadToneRIP .quad files that are used to print the positives.
This is a downloadable template file that assists in making even screen exposure strips on an A6 plate during the calibration process for polymer photogravure. It is in the form of pdf that should be printed off at 100% scale on a laser printer or inkjet printer. The markings allow an opaque card to reveal additional plate material under the screen in even increments. Its use is described in the book Polymer Photogravure: A Step-By-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice available here.
I will teaching a digital negative workshop at Project Basho in Philadelphia from January 15 through 17, 2016. The primary focus will be on using the Quadtone RIP printer driver to create easy-to-use printing profiles that will allow the user to use a single edited digital file to create digital negatives for any number of alternative photographic printing processes. Because it is a fairly straightforward process to learn, we will be creating digital negative printing profiles for palladium prints using the QTR driver. ⇒
This is a rather large tiff file used to test the smoothness of all your digital negative/positive work. In particular, the positive and negative circle gradients have a way of making ‘ramps’ in your correction curves very obvious.
This is a tutorial I wrote several years ago outlining the steps needed to use QuadTone RIP to create digital negatives for alternative process printing. For those who want to achieve the highest level of control over the digital negative process, the QuadTone RIP process still has no equal, albeit at the expense of a steepish learning curve. This tutorial is my attempt at creating a systematic way to use the QuadTone RIP driver for making negatives (and positives).
This is a photoshop script written by my good friend and computer maestro David Eisenlord that painlessly creates a gray-curve-linearization Photoshop curve that can then be directly loaded into the QTR ink profile that is being built. This curve takes the headache out of thinking in ‘negative space’ during the QTR calibration process. As in, oh wait, my highlights are too dark, so that means I need to add more ink, right?
This script helps to minimize some of the mental gymnastics involved. I use it in the QTR tutorial download on my site.