Devotees of the Polaroid emulsion lift process will remember the fun (?) of lifting off a Polaroid emulsion by soaking it in hot water, removing the emulsion, floating it in a tray of cool water, and attempting to get it successfully stuck to a piece of paper beneath it in the tray, all the while trying to stretch it out with fingers or a paintbrush. Results were as flat or wrinkled as desired. Photographers were limited by the size of the instant film, and practice made perfect.
Now there is a new way to lift emulsions off digital inkjet transparencies, and though the technique used is reminiscent of Polaroid emulsion lifts, there are some excellent advantages:
• Transfer sizes are now larger (A4, 11.69×8.27″ or A3, 11.69×16.54″).
• High res digital camera or scanner files are used instead of small Polaroid prints.
• Dpi, color, contrast, etc. are user controllable before prints are made.
• The image is made with pigment inks, technically, they should have excellent light stability.
The transfer product is called Jellyfishphoto.es, and is offered as a printing service from the company with the same name located in Bilbao, Spain. Upload your photographs to them and they will mail you back completed printed transparencies ready for transfer.
This is a handmade product that (like other handmade products) may vary in quality. The sheets I tried out worked well.