The main goal in the Cyanotype process is to create a digital negative with the best possible tones to produce an optimal Cyanotype print. Creating a digital negative is fairly simple, however, doing it strategically can involve some complexity.
What are the steps to create a digital negative for the Cyanotype process? There are several ways to do it. Here is a quick rundown of a general workflow that can get you started:
1. Select an image
2. Convert image to black and white
3. Adjust for desired contrast level
4. Flip and invert image
5. Print on acetate
One thing to keep in mind is that although your selected image may have great whites, blacks and mid-tones they may not necessarily convert as a great digital negative for the Cyanotype process. This is where it can get technically challenging, tones need to be properly mapped to produce a good tonal curve for the Cyanotype process.
To date, I have not yet deeply explored the technical side of the digital negative, (nor is it necessary), for the Cyanotype process. My main concern at this time is to ensure that details are well exhibited throughout before printing.
If you are one like me who does want to learn the technical side of the digital negative for the Cyanotype process, I invite you to visit the links below. I have been reading Peter Mrhar ‘s teachings on the Cyanotype process. Be sure to check out his download page on his website as well as his YouTube channel.