Funny you should say that Katie
Glad you are getting some answers,..aren't these forums fun?
It is funny isn't it we are so close but so far away.
I bet you would like some of our warm (really very hot and muggy) sunshine. I sure would like a cool down.
We are in the midst of a water crisis here - NSW has been declared completely drought stricken. We might be buying your snow soon to melt for water!
So sorry to hear about the drought!
My husband just filled me in on the situation down there. I would have to say we have it much better, at least this snow only effects school attendance and heat bills. I can only hope and pray things approve for your crisis in your country.
I enjoy this forum, and I love computers, photography, and cool people like you that I get to meet on these forums!
Nice to meet you by the way, I am Paula, fairly new to this forum, new to photography, new to photoshop, new to all of it except for computers, been there done that for a while!
Katie, the medium is photography. The technique is putting an image on a surface. Fixing the image on the plate is repairing or retouching.
If you are asking what kind of photography to use, any type 35mm, medium or digital it doesn't matter.
If you are asking how to get an image on a surface there are serveral ways I know of. Most require special equipment. A simple solution ia a product called liquid emulsion. Was you plate photo black and white or color? If b&w this product works well. Color not so well.
If you want to repair the image on the plate, I don't have an answer. More then likely the image on the plate had to have been sealed in some maner. Retouching doesn't seem like it would be possible.
Katie, I just thought of something. When I had a photo on white acetate and was trying to learn more about that process, I contacted the George Eastman House: International House of Photography and Film. Click on the "Ask a Curator" link and ask your question. I got a helpful response within a couple of days.
If you learn anything, I'd be interested knowing too. Sounds intriguing.
Well while we are on this topic, my wife has a few ceramic tiles with wine bottles and glasses on them. She asked me if I could make some for her with photos of her own favorite wines and glasses. I can certainly do the pictures but how are they transferred to the ceramic tile ?
If you want to put pictures on tiles maybe those kits that tranfer photos to mugs will work. I have to investigate where to get these kits.
printing photos on items other than paper
I think the thing that confused a lot of people is the terminology used. I don't know that I'd say it's "photography" per se, but more the act of *printing* the photo. It's been years since I heard much about it... if I remember correctly, the process entailed physically painting an emulsion to print on onto the object itself and then taking that item into the darkroom and exposing it, then developing the print. Of course, you then have an issue of having to use some sort of sealant on the item. I would think that there would be some special transfer photo paper one could use these days - i.e., print on the paper, transfer it to another medium.
Katie, here's the method.
What I think you are looking for is called "sublimation".
It's a process that can be be done with an Epson Inkjet
such as the 1280. The inks are replaced with special bulk
sublimation inks. A plain or slightly more expensive enhanced
paper is used to print your photo onto.
A heat press is then needed, not an iron because you need a
a lot more pressure.
Two types of tile are used, one with a special coating that
fuses with the ink under heat and pressure and u can also
use a any plain tile or tumbled marble and coat it yourself.
This latter type of manually applied coating should cooked in
an oven (domestic one is fine) ...time depends on tile
thickness, amount etc...
Once the print which is now in effect a "transfer" has emerged
has emerged from the printer it's placed on felt on the heat
press. The tile is then placed on top. The heat press is then
used for between 7 - 10 minutes depending on type, thickness
You can make single tiles this way or huge murals.
Use photoshop to tile a large image for example into 16 tiles
then print out each tile section that PS generates.
Useful links are:
There is a forum that covers the whole spectrum, but
has quite a bit of info re: photos on plates / tiles etc.
Hope this helps you .....I've been investigating this quite recently
as I was asked to produce some of my art as a mural.
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