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3.5 Other Output

Digital negatives are a cross between film and digital. The negative is created from an inkjet print of a digital image, or a scan of a photograph, which is then contact printed with a traditional process.

Most of the shortcomings of the ink jet printer are overcome by printing a negative rather than a positive. Where the dots are sparse, silver clumps fill the area. Where the ink dots are dense, highlights in the print are rendered smoothly.
From: »www.kcbx.net/~mhd/2photo/outneg/outneg.htm

There are some samples here: »www.mspedding.freeserve.co.uk/alternate.htm

If you are serious about doing this, a detailed guide to doing platinum/palladium prints is here:


by climbers See Profile
last modified: 2004-02-07 05:54:25

When you have a digital image you want made into a slide, photographic transparency, or negative film, you need access to a film recorder, sometimes called a film printer. Older film recorders used a monitor for their scans, but modern ones use a much better process, and suffer no distortions due to monitor geometry, like the older recorders did.

The Kodak LVT (Light Valve Technology), is a state-of-the-art digital film recorder which uses proprietary electro-optic modulators (known as "light valves") to accurately control the amount of red, green, and blue light exposed for each pixel. It is the highest quality, highest resolution output device for recording digital data onto continuous tone professional color film. The resulting images retain all of the quality of the scanned, or digital originals. Images are exposed one pixel at a time, ensuring exact sharpness. It resolves more lines per mm than film can render--resolutions of 8,000 lines or higher for imaging on any size film. It goes up to 120 pixels per mm, which is 3024 pixels per inch over an 8x10 area.

A digital file at that resolution is more than 2 Gigabytes of storage--half a DVD, for one image.

Digital files must be in RGB, but there are separation-quality Kodak transforms to convert CMYK files before they are imaged. QuarkXpress, Freehand, Illustrator, and Photoshop can all output to a LVT. The resulting film, color or B&W, can be developed and used for traditional photographic printing.

Professional level recorders, like the LVT, are very expensive, and the price for their use is correspondingly steep.

LVT film output is most commonly used for large display prints for trade shows and high-end portfolio and stock images.

More details are in this PDF from Proulx: »www.proulx.ca/resources/downloads/Lvt.pdf

by climbers See Profile
last modified: 2004-02-08 02:18:50

Here is a nice tutorial and some very helpful information on scanning, printing, and displaying your images:

by Gemologist See Profile edited by DavisPhotog See Profile
last modified: 2005-07-20 17:43:56

The following two websites contain some nice information/tutorials on how to go about matting, mounting, and framing your printed images for display.
Site 1
Site 2

by Gemologist See Profile edited by DavisPhotog See Profile
last modified: 2005-07-20 17:49:51


by Gemologist See Profile edited by DavisPhotog See Profile
last modified: 2005-10-11 00:41:46

In short, yes, of varying degrees of quality and resolutions.


by Gemologist See Profile edited by DavisPhotog See Profile
last modified: 2006-01-31 11:21:16