The C stands for Chromogenic Colour Coupler. This color printing is the most common technique in the professional laboratory technology. It aroused from the Kodak Ektakolor Paper type C, which controlled the market for several years. Panchromatic coatings inside the paper react according to the color information of the negative or the digital data file. Only the “interlocked” dyestuffs, which have cultivated in the layer, remain during the chemical molding process, several color layers develop as result, which appear as a full-color image. Producer and experts put the C-Prints’ endurance at approximately seventy years.
DYE TRANSFER PRINT
The Dye Transfer Process is a subtractive imbibition printing process for producing superior color photographs from analog color films or digital files.
When color prints of top-notch quality are required, the Dye Transfer process leads the field. This old and very rare color printing process is known for its beauty, long lasting permanence, brilliant colors and incredible deep blacks.
A Dye Transfer Print offers unique possibilities for the picture control together with supreme photographic quality. The production of these first-class color prints requires patience, time and absolutely precise and accurate work.
Many generations of photographers have worked with this principle of color printing, which was also known as several other names.
Forerunners of this three color-separation system dates from 1875 and include the German „Koppman-Method“ and „Duxochrome“ as well as the „Dye Imbibition Process“ first used in 1925. The Photo factory J. Herzog & Co. from Bremen (Germany) started manufacturing the materials for this process.
There are many controls available in this complex analog printing process, combined with the beauty and permanence of the extraordinary brilliant dyes, makes Dye Transfer the finest of all color printing methods ever.
In 1992 Kodak responded the changing market, especially the availability of the new digital possibilities, by stopping the production of Dye Transfer materials. Many dye labs worldwide had to close and the main field of this application from now on is a Fine Art Photography.
The significance of the final product is perfectly suited for manufacturing high-quality artistic prints. Our partner Dye Transfer International is working on fine art projects for galleries, collectors and museums alike.
For more information please visit www.dyetransfer.de