Making digital negatives from a PC is “easy” for me. Now I’ve run into some confusion when trying to make digital negatives from a Mac.
I just got a Macbook and installed Print Tool (and read the Piezography guide), QuadtoneRIP, got the Piezography software to recognize my 3800 printer and got my .quad files to show up in QTR. The problem I am having is that using Print Tool, the only way I can get the Pictorico print to look like a digital negative, be flipped and have a border is to click on the “Negative” box before sending them to QTR. (If I don’t click the “Negative” box the image won’t print flipped or have a border, much less be a negative.) On a PC I had to flip them myself (and make a border) but the .quad file made the images print as negatives—at least that is what it appeared to do.
So if I am using the same quad files as I successfully used on a PC but am sending a negative between Print Tool and Quadtone am I getting what I should be getting? It sort of looks right, but makes no sense to me.
Can’t think of a better way to spend a lovely August Sunday than inside starring at computer screens using two different operating systems!
Thanks for any insight you might have.