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Y. Takeuchi
24-Feb-2005, 07:46
Hello. I am emailing on behalf of my friend in Japan.
He is looking for Acid Blue 45, Acid Red 80, Acid Yellow 11 so that he can make dye transfers.

I have found one company but they don't have it in stock and will have to order it from somewhere else.

Does anyone know a company where they carry these products?
This is kind of a hurry...

Thank you in advance,


Larry Gebhardt
24-Feb-2005, 10:26
Have you checked with http://dyetransfer.org/. There is a link at the bottom of the page as well to the yahoo dye transfer group. This would be the best place to ask.

Y. Takeuchi
26-Feb-2005, 05:54
Thanks Larry.
I'll check it out.

26-Feb-2005, 06:45
In the 1940s, when Kodak's wash-off relief process became Dye Transfer, it was a horribly laborious, frustrating, and sometimes ultimately satisfying way to make archival color prints in our home darkrooms. It was commercially viable because it was closely related to the Technicolor process used in the motion picture business. Working with it was a great way to learn about the techniques of color photography. With the advent of archivally stable dyes for inkjet printers, I can't think of any reason for resurrecting the process (except for snob appeal). It is a horrible waste of time, money, and intellect. Been there, done that, let's move on.

Larry Gebhardt
4-Apr-2005, 14:01
Bill, I have yet to see a glossy inkjet paper that looks as good as air dryed fiber paper. Until it happens dye transfer will still be a desirable process to me. I like matte papers from some images. I like RC for some. But, I can't think of one of my pictures that wouldn't look better on fiber paper. Currently dye transfer is the only way to get that look. There is also an intangible look that is hard to describe, I think it has to due with the high Dmax of the medium, or maybe it is the color gamut of the process. So, while it may be time consuming and expense, I don't consider it a waste of either.