Professional Photographic Printing FAQ: What is a Chromogenic Print?

What is a Chromogenic Print?

Chromogenic prints, often referred to as ‘c-type’ prints are prints produced using chromogenic materials and processes.

Chromogenic materials, such as film or photographic paper, are composed of one or many layers of silver halide emulsion. Along with dye couplers, and in combination with processing chemistry, these chemicals form visible dyes.

Full colour chromogenic materials are comprised of multiple layers of emulsion that are sensitised to different wavelengths of light and of which the three main dye layers – cyan, magenta and yellow – together form a full colour image.

The first commercially available chromogenic print process available was Kodacolour, which was introduced by Kodak in January 1942.

Digital Chromogenic Prints:

The introduction of digital exposure systems, such as the Durst Lambda – used for our Lambda C-type prints – use RGB lasers to expose these c-type materials with images, which in turn are developed using conventional silver-based photographic chemicals, much in the same way as traditional c-type prints.

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