Patent Number: 6,165,687

Title: Standard array, programmable image forming process

Abstract: Standard array, programmable image forming process. The process includes the steps of providing or forming a standardized array of pixel sites (16) on a surface of a substrate (12), each pixel site (16) including at least one color element (18, 20, 22) or colored sub-pixel at a predetermined location on the substrate (12), and providing or forming an opaque layer (24) over the pixel sites (16) obscuring the color elements (18,20,22) or sub-pixels thereof, the opaque layer (24) being changeable for rendering selected of the color elements (18,20,22) or sub-pixels visible for forming the image. The substrate (12) can include a paper material or a plastics film such as a transparent film, and the pixels sites (16) can be mass produced thereon by a suitable process, such as ink printing process, a thermal printing process, a laser printing process or the like. The opaque layer (24) can be any suitable organic or inorganic material operable for obscuring the pixel sites (16), the opaque layer (24) being capable of selective removal or ablation for rendering the selected color elements (18, 20, 22) visible.

Inventors: Reele; Samuel (Rochester, NY)

Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company

International Classification: B41M 5/24 (20060101); B41M 5/36 (20060101); B41J 11/00 (20060101); G03G 7/00 (20060101); B41M 5/40 (20060101); G03C 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017