Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
Well how did they print them back in the day?

Like, national geographic was filed with images that were chromes, so how did they do it?


~Stone

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Back in the day:

1) So called "R" prints - not so great results - materials no longer available;
2) Cibachrome/Ilfochrome - very high quality, but the high contrast can be a real challenge, and the saturated colours are not ideal for everything - Ilford Switzerland just discontinued the materials, although some is still around - quite expensive;
3) Conversion to the materials that printers use for newspapers/magazines/posters - for colour some sort of separation process is needed, with inherent potential loss of quality, is only economic if done in quantity.

Although National Geographic is/was a well produced magazine, that uses a good quality photogravure process, the quality of a photograph printed in it's pages doesn't approach the potential quality of a good photographic print.