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mr.dude

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« on: May 25, 2006, 09:47:23 AM »

Hi,

  interested in hearing what type of paper/brand you guys prefer for matte prints, and what you prefer for glossy (anything at all glossy)

also interested in hearing if anyone generally prefers one over the other (matte vs glossy)
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2006, 03:39:49 PM »

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Hi,

  interested in hearing what type of paper/brand you guys prefer for matte prints, and what you prefer for glossy (anything at all glossy)

also interested in hearing if anyone generally prefers one over the other (matte vs glossy)
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Current favorite matte paper: Epson Velvet Fine Art

Current favorite glossy paper: Pictorico Hi-Gloss White Film

Matte v. Glossy: my current work involves very high-contrast B&W images. I need high d-max to make them work so I'm mostly printing on glossy.

I view papers and inks as tools, and I'm using the ones that I feel are best for the job at hand. Ask me next month (when I'm working on something else), and you'll probably get different answers .


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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2006, 10:12:09 PM »

thanks for replying.  

it may seem like a pointless thread at first but since there are so many types of papers out there, i'm trying to get an idea of which ones i should move to the top of my list of papers to look into.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2006, 10:17:48 PM »

Ilford Gallerie makes an excellent glossy paper and an excellent pearl (or luster) paper.

Lisa

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2006, 10:50:51 AM »

Matte:
1. Moab Kayenta Photo Matte for proofing/everyday;
2. Moab Entrada Fine Art White, Fine Art Natural (avail 190gsm or 300gsm) for sale or portfolio;
3. Arches Infinity Smooth ($$$$$) for a recent exhibition--fabulous stuff

Smooth/Gloss:
1. Red River Ultra Pro Satin (I do so little gloss that it hardly matters) for "everyday";
2. Innova Fibaprint F Gloss;
3. eager to try Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl.

Most of my work has been fine-art B&W and I've stuck with matte, but lately I've been trying more smooth/glossy with the newer papers available. Bronzing has been a problem with Ultrachrome inks in my Epson 4000 on the gloss papers, partly mitigated by Premier Art Spray.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2006, 04:54:26 AM »

How are people finding the 'reflectiveness' of the new pearl/gloss papers?

One of the primary reasons I have used matte and fine art papers is that with anything bigger than a 10 x 8 on pearl/luster or gloss you get quite a lot of surface reflectiveness which IMHO can be a distraction.  

However I have often felt that Matte paper sometimes lacks the punch and dmax of the other papers.  Photo-rag is a favourite.

Its a tough one really!  

I have been trying out a sample pack of Da Vinci Fibre Gloss.  This is a stunning paper but does bronze with my 2200.  Printguard thankfully clears this up.  But alas it does have a refletive coating.

I am interested to here what this new Hahn' Pearl is like.
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2006, 08:56:51 AM »

thanks for the replies.  i did some digging around and found an old but similar thread where moab entrada natural was mentioned quite a few times.  i'll be taking a closer look at entrada and ilford smooth pearl when i get the chance.  does anyone have any comments or comparisons to make regarding epson enhanced matte?
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2006, 10:40:57 AM »

With Epson 7800 K3/Pk: IJA Glossy and Epson Premium Luster

With Epson 7600 UC/Mk: Epson Ultrasmooth F/A and Hanemuhle Photo Rag.
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2006, 07:45:32 PM »

My experience is primarily with 2 matte papers. Epson Enhanced Matte and Moab Entrada Natural 300gsm. There is no comparison. The Moab has a richness which adds dimensionality to the print. I stopped looking when I found Moab. Plus itís double coated so you can print both sides. I have yet to try the Hannemule paper.


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