Fuji Pictrography

Many top photo labs and retouch studios, especially those involved with the fashion and beauty industries, use the Fuji Pictrography printer (models 3500 and 4500) for high-quality prints and proofs, also known as Fujixprints. Pictrography uses a unique, single-pass, four-step process (see Figure 2.19). A sheet of photosensitive "donor" paper is exposed to laser diodes (LD). A small amount of water is applied to create the dye image on the donor paper with heat. The dye image is then transferred to the "receiving" paper with a combination of heat and pressure. Finally, the receiving paper, with its transferred dyes, is peeled off and separated from the used donor paper. This is not photographic paper, although Fuji claims the equivalent image permanence. Only special Fuji paper can be used. Two resolutions (267 dpi and 400 dpi) are available with a maximum paper size of 12x18 inches (4500 model only).

Fuji Pictrography 3500

Heat and pressure transfer.. t1 Peeling off finished print

Figure 2.19 The Fuji Pictrography and its unique four-step printing process. Courtesy ofFuji Photo Film USA, Inc.

Heat and pressure transfer.. t1 Peeling off finished print

Figure 2.19 The Fuji Pictrography and its unique four-step printing process. Courtesy ofFuji Photo Film USA, Inc.

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