I wanted to try toning ziatype with inkjet pigments, and printed different tone charts to be overprinted by ziatype. I was looking for inkjet hues, which, combined with the standard (Afo plus Lithium) ziatype, would produce tones similar to gold, cesium, and tungstate toned prints.

Why am I doing this? Because I find it difficult to get the tones that I want with the zia chemistry. When I mix chemicals for a toning effect I often get low contrast, low max density, and other issues… But if I do the toning with an inkjet printer, I just print the toner print (a colorized version of the image) and sensitize with ziatype over it.

Below I have a colorized image file (on the left column) and a ziatype printed over it. I was surprised to notice how saturated the toning color should be, to have just a subtle effect in the final print.

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This is an inkjet tone effect similar to some gold chloride added to the zia sensitizer.

Here you could think you’re looking at an effect achieved by using tungstate in the sensitizer.

This looks the same as plenty of gold was added to the sensitizer.

What is the best in pigment toning (IMO) is that you can choose any color you want, and  even use many different hues in the same image. And if you use the best quality pigment inks, the longevity should be just about as good as with any chemical toner.

I’m making some larger pigmented ziatype prints now, hope I can post some JPEGs here tomorrow…