What is a C-Type Print?

All TANGIBLE House fine art prints are available as a C-Type or simply a C-Print. What is a C-Type print? Well, let's start with what the "C" means. 

A chromogenic print, also known as a silver halide print, or a dye coupler print, is a photographic print made from a color negative, transparency, or digital image file and developed using a chromogenic process.

Traditional C-Type prints are composed of three layers of gelatin, each containing an emulsion of silver halide, which is used as a light-sensitive material and a different dye coupler of subtractive color which together when developed, form a full-color image.

In the case of TANGIBLE house, we print from a digital file of an image that was originally taken on film (negative, transparency or even polaroid) that has been digitized or scanned; many of the prints we offer are scans of the photographer's original darkroom handprint. This process of a digital chromogenic print is sometimes referred to as a digital Type-C print, Lambda print or LightJet print. The print is still chromogenic in that it is developed and is exposed to light from systems such as the Durst Lambda, Océ LightJet and ZBE Chromira. All of the aforementioned printers utilize ICC color profiles to achieve color and density accuracy and to correct paper sensitivity errors. 

Digital C-Type printing is also able to produce black and white prints; TANGIBLE house black and white C-Type prints use Fujicolor crystal archive digital pearl paper (FCD), which is a specialist silver halide paper with a glossy finish and containing pearl-like crystals which give black and white prints a fantastic luster and pearl-like appearance. This metallic appearance produces images with exceptional blacks and whites for stronger, brighter, more vibrant tones.