Dear Printing Friends,
I have run completely out of semi glossy and luster papers and am considering what paper to purchase to replenish my stock. Would someone here have experience with the Crane Museo Silver Rag 300 gsm paper, and would this paper thickness do OK in the Epson R1800 glossy printer? Is the surface of the paper somewhat pebbled like the Epson lustre paper? Is this Crane paper more similar to a semi-gloss? I had trouble telling my lustre prints from my semi-gloss prints(both Epson papers). I am looking for a photo black ink paper. I want to know if others do recommend this paper as being excellent quality and finish.
Thank you for any help, Debra
It depends on what you like. Crane's silver rag has a very good D-max with photo black ink, and it's a nice heavy paper. The surface texture is less obtrusive than Epson Luster's 'pebble' look, but still visible in reflections. The paper base color is quite warm. This may work for you if you're printing warm-toned black & white prints, or color prints with lots of autumn colors. On the other hand, highlights will look dingy and dull if you put a print next to one made on a brighter white paper like Epson luster or Hahnemuhle fine art pearl. I like to split-tone my black & white prints, with slightly warm shadows and slightly cool highlights. Silver rag doesn't work at all for me as a result, because my highlights go muddy green. Hahnemuhle fine art pearl has a very similar fairly unobtrusive surface texture, a somewhat weaker D-max but a much brighter paper base. It works a lot better for cool-toned black & white prints.
As always, your mileage may vary.