Lyson Black & White Imaging System
Lyson, Inc., a leading provider of inks, media, and related products to the printing, photography, graphic arts, and other allied industries, has introduced the Daylight Darkroom digital black & white printing system, providing photographers what they have long desired-- the ability to accurately mirror traditional darkroom techniques, including silver halide printing, with digital images and an inkjet printer. The complete Lyson Daylight Darkroom System consists of:
- Daylight Darkroom Quad Black
inks in cartridges or a bulk feed system
The Daylight Darkroom system
is being introduced for use with the Epson Stylus Pro 2200 and Stylus
Pro 7600/9600 printers. Plans are to extend the system for use with the
new Epson Stylus Pro 4000 and the most recent Canon printers over the
next two quarters.
"Printing high quality monochrome images using a normal color ink set has always been problematic," says Tony Martin, president of Lyson, Inc. "By developing a true monochrome print driver along with media featuring a new proprietary coating, and by leveraging these developments with our superior ink technology, we've been able to overcome the historical barriers to exceptional digital black and white printing. The results of this system are stunning--a real breakthrough-- and this has been confirmed by virtually every photographic eye that has examined them."
While the introduction of
seven and eight channel inkjet printers has expanded the possibilities
for digital black and white printing, the limiting factor to leveraging
this technology has been that OEM supplied printer driver software have
been designed for color imaging, not black and white. While good results
were achievable with superior ink sets (e.g., Lyson's Quad Black
and Small Gamut), truly exceptional output required the development
of a print driver specifically for black and white output.
The driver has two distinct but linked modules-- Print Pro and Profile Creator. Print Pro provides all the features of a standard print driver, as well as extras like image sizing and rotation, along with a print preview screen. It accepts two separate profiles that can be blended together in infinite combinations, a useful feature for fine tuning the final look of the image. Profile Creator enables users to quickly make or edit their own profiles for Print Pro using simple test target prints. Linearization of profiles can also be achieved by using a standard flat bed scanner.
The Lyson Daylight Darkroom
Driver is currently Mac OSX-based and comes with warm, neutral, and
cool profiles for all Lyson media. A Windows XP version of the driver
will be available next quarter.