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Lyson Darkroom System for Black-and-White Imaging

(November 2004) posted on Fri Nov 19, 2004

Can be used by Epson Stylus Pro 2200/7600/9600 printers


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Lyson has introduced a new system for
black-and-white fine-art imaging"?Daylight
Darkroom. The Daylight Darkroom
system can currently be used by Epson
Stylus Pro 2200 and 7600/9600 printers,
and soon will be compatible with the
Epson Stylus Pro 4000 and selected
Canon printers soon.

The Daylight Darkroom system comprises
True Monochrome print software,
Daylight Darkroom Quad Black inks, and
Darkroom media. "Printing high-quality
monochrome images using a normal color
inkset has always been problematic,"
says Lyson's Tony Martin. "By developing
a true monochrome print driver along with
media featuring a proprietary coating,
Lyson has been able to overcome the historical
barriers to exceptional digital blackand-
white printing."

The Daylight Darkroom driver allows for
complete control over every ink channel on
the printer to provide continuous-tone
printing. 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 image sizing,
rotation, and a print-preview screen. It
can blend two separate profiles together to
fine tune the final look of the image. Profile
Creator enables users to quickly make or
edit their own profiles for Print Pro. Daylight
Darkroom Driver is compatible with Mac OS
X and comes with warm, neutral, and cool
profiles for Lyson media; a Windows XP version
of the driver will be available soon.

The Daylight Darkroom Quad Black dye
inks are available in cartridges or a bulkfeed
system.Lyson claims they are
extremely lightfast and notes the inksets
have been tested by Wilhelm Imaging
Research at 120+ years indoor on Lyson
fine-art papers.

Lyson's original Lyson Quad Black inks
are a "fixed tone" inkset, consisting of six
intensities of the same neutral black
shade"?meaning, says Martin, that users
can't change the tone of the print away
from neutral. The Daylight Darkroom Quad
black inkset, however, consists of four
intensities of neutral black along with
three toning inks so that users can print a
neutral image, or tone the image within a
tight color gamut to achieve monochrome
effects like sepia or selenium tones.

Only three media are currently in the
Darkroom range"?Gloss, Matte, and Pearl.
These Darkroom media mimic traditional
photographic finishes but also feature
enhanced fade resistance. In addition, all
standard Lyson archival media will work
with Daylight Darkroom, including several
grades of fine-art paper. (Lyson: www.lysonusa.com)


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