Urban Digital Color is pleased to announce a dedicated system designed exclusively for archival quality black and white printing. The ink is a carbon-based pigment that is receiving truly archival longevity ratings. The carbon pigments have been engineered to far exceed the standards by which the industry tests fade rates. RIT and Wilhelm tests permit up to 30% fade to arrive at 100 years longevity. In the same equivalent time tests, twice as much illumination was used and set our standards at only 5% fade.
Two baseline toning options are available. One, a selenium tone, is similar to short-bath selenium toning. It is often described as coming very close to the look of selenium toned Ilford Galerie. The other is a pure carbon pigment sepia tone. This inkset has the warm, slightly brown undertone of carbon, which has been used in traditional photographic process for centuries.
The profiles used for each inkset produce a linearization from dMin to dMax which is greater than can be obtained with traditional darkroom paper. We can achieve a subtle tonality from sepia to cool neutral with ultra-fine detail on a large array of archival fine-art papers, canvas, and fabric up to 74 inches wide x 100 feet long.
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