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New Inkjet Paper for Me

4 September, 2008 (12:37)

After using the Crane Museo Silver Rag since before it came out - I was able to get beta of the paper - I’m starting to use the Epson F Gloss Exhibition Paper for orders.  I can’t really use it for the stuff that normally would be done with roll paper, the larger prints, but so long as I don’t mix papers in one order, I’m going for the Epson paper.

I know that we’ve come to a point where there are now lots of new fiber (darkroom-ish) papers being produced and I really can’t test them all - nor do I see any reason to.  The Epson F paper is excellent for the black and white prints and I like it very much for the color infrared work I’ve been doing.  I think it’s more expensive than the Silver Rag - but as I say - I like it very much.

You probably read this and say - but he doesn’t tell what it is about the paper that he likes better.  Hard to put my finger on it.  The print looks more photographic than the silver rag prints.  It has more of a “gleam” than the silver rag.  Does that tell you anything - I don’t know.

(In case you’re wondering about the metal hinges - that’s how I flatten the rolled paper).

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Craig writes: “I received a promo package of the Epson paper and found it too warm. Recently I tried Calumet Brilliant Museum glossy paper. Its very similar to the Crane Museo Silver and I think cheaper in price.”

And this is what I should have included: I’m printing on the Epson 4800 and Epson 7800 with K3 inks.  I’m using what they call the advanced black and white driver.

In other words - your results may differ with different printers or different workflows.

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Comment from Craig M. Nisnewitz
Time: September 4, 2008, 11:00 pm

I received a promo package of the Epson paper and found it too warm. Recently I tried Calumet Brilliant Museum glossy paper. Its very similar to the Crane Museuo Silver and I think cheaper in price.

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: September 5, 2008, 7:27 am

Warm? Wow - what were you are you using? It is perfectly neutral with the epson 4800 in b&w advanced mode. Which is why I try not to recommend paper unless I know what ink / printer the person is going to use.

db

Comment from Craig Nisnewitz
Time: September 5, 2008, 10:38 am

I used it on the HP 8750 in B&W (grayscale) mode. Didn’t make a difference if I used the color and B&W ink. The HP tends to be a little warm (on HP paper) but it gets more neutral when it dries. The Epson was really warm. Have also gotten great looking prints in B&W on the HP with Ilford Gallery glossy, the Calumet stuff, also their non fiber papers, paper under the name of Inkjet Press (non-fiber) and HP. Even the non-fiber Epson , tried matter a while ago tends to be warm. I didn’t like the matte because it looks tooflat. At the minimum I like a lustre finish. The Canon i9900 is still grinding out my color stuff and its quite good. I am thinking of getting the new Epson 2880 for B&W. The 3800 and 4800 are overkill for me.

Comment from Simon
Time: September 6, 2008, 11:23 am

About the metal hinges, any problems with damaged print surface? How long do you need to effectively decurl he prints? I was thinking to try a roller blind as a decurler, they’re much cheaper than expensive decurler rollers you can buy.

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: September 6, 2008, 11:38 am

Simon - the hinges are usually on the part of the paper that will be trimmed. But even without trimming, I’ve never seen any marks left on the paper. What I like about the setup is that you can move them around easily for different sized sheets; and you could even do some stacking if you put a piece of mat board on the hinges and build a little tower.

If you do buy a roller blind - let me know how that works for you. My system takes at least a day or so before the flattening takes effect (i.e. they’re not being curled in the opposite direction) - but it’s worked fine.

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