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Step-By-Step Documents:

1) Making Digital Film Positives for B&W Photogravure using the Epson Stylus Pro 7800. This document gives a step-by-step procedure for making a digital continuous tone film transparency suitable for use as a positive for copper plate photogravure. ::download pdf::

2) Making Digital CMYK Separation Positives for Photogravure using the Epson Stylus Pro 7800. This document gives a step-by-step procedure for altering a digital file and for making the digital continuous tone film transparencies suitable for use as separation positives for CMYK photogravure. ::download pdf::

3) Shadow/Highlight Adjustments for Digital Positives for Photogravure using the Epson Stylus Pro 7800. This document gives a step-by-step procedure by which to adjust the densities within an image file so that the transition to a photogravure print in ink doesn’t degrade or obliterate shadow and highlight information visible on the screen image. ::download pdf::

4) Creating and Using Adjustment Curves When Making Digital Photogravure Positives using the Epson Stylus Pro 7800. This document gives a step-by-step procedure for creating a Photoshop curve preset for subsequent applications to images in order to control and predict the tonal relationships as the image is translated to output on trans-film, then to a copper plate, and finally in ink on paper as an intaglio photogravure print. ::download pdf::

5) Making a Digital Photogravure Screen Film using a Service Bureau. This document gives a step-by-step procedure by which to create the stochastic file necessary for a Service Bureau to output a hard-dot photogravure screen on an Image Setter working at 100d/cm (2540 dpi). ::download pdf::

6) Process Considerations for CMYK Copper-pate Photogravure. This document provides additional information when creating a CMYK photogravure; from etching differences to registration procedures and ink considerations. ::download pdf::

7) The Traditional Copper Plate Photogravure Process, a Step-by-Step Summary. This document gives step-by-step instructions for the full photogravure process, from the creation of analogue film positives, through sensitizing the tissue, exposure, etching the plate, to printing the final intaglio print. ::download pdf::

 

PhotoShop Curves

Stepscale Curve for Epson Printers - You will need to right click (control+click) and select "save link as". This will downlad an .acv file that you will need to install in the "curves" folder of PhotoShop: photoshop>presets>curves (Mac OSX) ::download acv::

Image Curve for Espon Printers for Pictorico Film- You will need to right click (control+click) and select "save link as". This will downlad an .acv file that you will need to install in the "curves" folder of PhotoShop: photoshop>presets>curves (Mac OSX) ::download acv::