With color files, this manipulation of the image file prior to handing off to the printing system can range from benign to barely noticeable because its RGB to RGB and it’s well organized by Mac OSX. But, with grayscales, any manipulation whatsoever changes linearization. You can not change a shade of gray and expect to print the same shade of gray before it was made lighter or darker. It’s a matter of “simple arithmetic”.
Still, Piezography looks extraordinary in the successive versions of the Mac OS. Yet, if perfection is attainable in Windows and just escaping the user in latter versions of OSX – a fix is needed. The workarounds we provided yesterday came after exhaustive research. Clearly we needed some relief in order to move forward with Max OSX. We needed something to stabilize it. Apple certainly can no longer imagine that black and white images are being printed without color inks. When we got to the last version of 10.7 hoping that Apple finally awoke to the needs of “all” of its customers, and we began staring into the face of Mountain Lion, we asked Roy Harrington if there was anything that QTR could offer to side-step Apple’s interference of grayscale images.
Roy sent us a new tool to try and it was instantly successful. It makes the latest versions of the Mac OS transparent when it comes to printing. Now Mac and Windows can both print Piezography K7 or K6 curves as they were originally intended to be printed. A grayscale image is no longer manipulated by Apple prior to printing when it is printed via the new QTR Print Tool. For us in our own studios at Cone Editions Press, we can finally upgrade from 10.4.7 to anything our hearts desire.
The new QuadTone RIP Print Tool is easy to use, as far as Piezography is concerned. With QTR Print Tool, your images “should” have been saved with an embedded Gamma 2.20. You launch the tool. You select the K7 Printer you have installed, set the page setup size, and create a grid pattern if you like to help you align images. You can open a number of images at once and place them on a page setup, resize them, etc. I can open PSD files along with tif and jpg. I am not certain how many file formats are supported, but the ones I most frequently use are. No Color Management (remember that option?) is selected and the Print button clicked – which brings up QuadTone RIP. You will know what to do from there…
I would imagine that once you try this new QTR creation, you will want to license it. A lot of work went into it and like everything Roy Harrington does – it is a very high standard product. It has a color capability side to it – but, that’s another story.