First, I haven’t been printing for months (either inkjet or carbon) and won’t be in the next years.
But I try to keep an eye on the inkjet world, PiezoDN, etc… for the day I have a lab again.
And think of ANYTHING that could help me be happy with digital negatives that day.
I was wondering if anyone has an experience using Icefields FM halftone files (bitmap) or equivalent with an Epson printer.
Long ago, I had a conversation with S. Herron who told me some photographers liked to use Icefields and their printers to print color photographs.
I believe a PostScript RIP (and PostScript printer?) is needed, but that’s something I don’t know about (I’m not a digital imaging expert…).
What I have in mind is to print Icefields true stochastic patterns and if possible reprint in registration the same original file re-converted (different stochastic patterns each time) until I get enough D-max.
My questions are:
- What is required to print Icefields FM halftone with an Epson printer (let’s say a 3880)? PostScript?
- Will the printer actually fire dots where dots are in the Icefields file (what I want) or will it reproduce the “haltone image” with its own Epson dither patterns (what I don’t want) after some conversion?
- Could QTR play a role here (I think not)? Or Guttenprint?
- Walker, any progress with your flatbed printer project (your Epson io.group teaser #113515)?
Thank you all for your attention and help.