Digital Negatives with Quadtonerip: Demystifying Qtr for Photographers and Printmakers (Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography) (Paperback)

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Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP is a text that fully explores how the QuadToneRIP printer driver can be used to make expert digital negatives. The book takes a comprehensive, under-the-hood look at how Roy Harrington's QTR printer driver can be adapted for use by artists in several different creative practice areas. The text is written from the Mac/Photoshop point of view.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One is a step-by-step how-to section that will appeal to both beginning and more advanced practitioners. Part One includes quickstart guides- or summary sheets for beginning students who want to jump into using QTR before understanding all of its functional components. Part Two addresses dimroom, darkroom, and printmaking practices, walking the reader through brief workflows from negative to print for lithium palladium, gum bichromate, cyanotype, salted paper, kallitype, silver gelatin and polymer photogravure, with a sample profile for each. It also includes an introduction to a new software iteration of QTR: QuickCurve-DN (QCDN). Part Three is devoted to contemporary practitioners who explain how they use QTR in their creative practice.

The book includes:

A list of supplies and software needed

A summary QTR glossary with a simple explanation of how each function works

A sample walk-through to create a QTR profile from start to finish

How to linearize profiles with simple to more exacting tools

A visual guide to modifying functions

Quickstart guides for many of the workflows

Instructions for crafting monochrome, duotone, tricolor, and quadcolor negatives

Instructions for using QTR to print silver gelatin in the darkroom

Instructions for using QTR to print alternative processes in the dimroom

Instructions for using QTR to print polymer photogravure in the printmaking room

Introductory chapter to QuickCurve-DN software

Troubleshooting common QTR problems

Generic starter profiles for processes discussed

Contemporary artists: their work and QTR process.

Learning how to craft expert digital negatives can be a bit overwhelming at the outset. Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP makes the process as user-friendly as possible. Like other books in the series, Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP is thoroughly comprehensive, accessible to different levels of learner, and illustrative of the contemporary arts.

About the Author

Dr. Ron Reeder (1939-2019) was a research molecular biologist, retiring in 2002 from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle at which time he devoted himself to a second career in photography. Reeder's particular interest was landscape photography. In addition, he relished taking wildlife, portraiture, and still life. Reeder was the first to apply Roy Harrington's QuadToneRIP software to the making of digital negatives and went on to author books on the subject. This book is Reeder's third on the technology of making digital negatives using QTR and is a testament to his role as mentor of the photographers included in its pages. Christina Z. Anderson's work focuses on the contemporary vanitas printed in a variety of 19th century photographic processes, primarily gum and casein bichromate, salted paper, cyanotype, and palladium. Anderson's work has shown internationally in over 100 shows and 50 publications. This is her sixth book on alternative processes. Anderson is Series Editor for the Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography series and Professor of Photography at Montana State University. To see more of her work, visit

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367862299
ISBN-10: 0367862298
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 30th, 2020
Pages: 314
Language: English
Series: Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography