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Wet printing

Postby Gary » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:07 am

Wondering what people are doing to ensure their prints dry flat? I've heard of a frame with fly screen but I'm open to other options?

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Re: Wet printing

Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:48 pm

Back in the day I used blotters to dry my wet darkroom prints.
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Re: Wet printing

Postby Gary » Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:03 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Back in the day I used blotters to dry my wet darkroom prints.

Thanks Ulrich, did you hang your prints afterwards?

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Re: Wet printing

Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:54 pm

No Gary, I just left them in the blotters until they were dry.
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Re: Wet printing

Postby Ed Shapiro » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:49 am

Hi Garry!

Great question! Well- keeping prints flat can sometimes be a job in itself as part of the old wet process is concerned. So…What I need to know from you before I write a small book on the subject; is if you are actually making analog prints on fiber base of RC silver based traditional photographic papers. Since I had spent a good part of my life in the wet darkroom, I have all kinds of lotions, potions and tricks for print drying. Believe it or not there are dozens of factors involved such as relative humidity in the room, water quality, wet-time, types of fixers, hardeners, heat and air drying, image tone stability and more. It’s all very interesting but it in no way does any of this apply to ink jet printing materials of any kind.

If you are into the analog darkroom, I am sure you will find this all very interesting. Also- if you can tell me any difficulties you have had with this issue, it will help.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Ed :)

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Re: Wet printing

Postby TomCofer » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:33 am

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Re: Wet printing

Postby Ed Shapiro » Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:19 am

Hey Garry"! Thanks for you post in the "Guitar Man" thread! I am pleased that you are enjoying your wet darkroom. If you tell me what kind of equipment, chemistry, paper and equipment you are using and if you have any specific drying, gear, I can tell you lots about drying your prints properly so that the remain flat. There are both fiber bases and RC (Resin Coated) papers and different weights (thicknesses) in the fiber base type.

Proper drying methods are a skill set of it's own.

Ed


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