Piezography: Unparalleled Glossiness
When EPSON ABW is used to print on baryta or non-matte media it produces gloss differential issues as well as bronzing, both of which are a dead give-away when compared to traditional silver black and white prints. EPSON ink can not be printed at the same gloss levels in shadows, mid-tones and highlights. And the glossiness of the EPSON inks looks different than the glossiness of the paper. Further, depending upon how the ABW print is held or lit, bronzing of the inks can be detected. This can not be avoided when using color pigment inks to produce a black & white print. Were it possible for EPSON to solve this they would have by now. EPSON ABW prints do not look anything like traditional darkroom silver prints when compared side-by-side with Piezography glossy prints.
Piezography inks when printed as directed on baryta and non-matte media will have absolutely none of the gloss differential described above. In fact, a Piezography glossy print has the same gloss level at any particular tone of ink (whether highlights, mid-tones, or shadows) as does the unprinted media. Piezography inks replicate faithfully the look of a traditional silver print. The dMax of a Piezography Glossy print can reach nearly 2.80 but with much greater shadow and highlight detail than the ABW process.