Over the past few years, the intaglio printmaking film ImagOn has undergone several changes - mostly for the better. The latest iteration is ImagOn ULTRA-Rapid. The new film is quite similar to its immediate predecessor ImagOn ULTRA, with just a few exceptions:
- Up to about a 20% reduction in halftone image exposure, creating a sharper print with a superior tonal range.
- Easier film lamination with greater edge adhesion, and
- The film is a darker blue color, making it easier to see the developed image in the etched intaglio technique. (note: it is a little harder to see the image in the non-etched techniques, so you should always proof your plates to determine image quality.)
Processing guides are available at no charge from Graphic Chemical - all you have to do is ask. Like any printmaking process, there is a learning curve to working with ImagOn ULTRA-Rapid, but the results are well worth the effort.
Keith Howard, who has been the guru of ImagOn, has a new companion book called The Contemporary Printmaker: Intaglio-Type & Acrylic Resist Etching (item number 70500), which sells for $48.00. There is also a video available from Keith (item number 70580) that sells for $31.00.
Contact us for any information that you need about this product line or the process itself.