Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Printing With The Epson Hot Press Paper ::

I've had a chance in the past couple of weeks to print about 10 photographs on this paper and I have to say that there is a lot that I like about it. All of the prints, other than 1, have been black and white. When I got the paper I didn't plan on printing anything until I had had a chance to do a custom print profile, but I just couldn't wait so I printed one of the recent color photographs with my fingers crossed.

I was very happy with the results of this first print utilizing a generic profile, but I generated my custom profile the next day and printed the black and white photographs and I've been very happy with the results. The tonal scale is very nice and I really like the feel and the weight of the paper. The only downside for me is that the paper has a very noticeable curl which I hope, with some pressure, will go away since I'm not a big fan of dry mounting and I always mount so that the printed piece can be removed. I always leave a generous margin area inside the mat and sign the photograph on both the front and the back of the the margin area.

All in all I'm very satisfied with the paper and I will continue to use it although I will also continue to print some of my work on the Hahnemuhle gloss pearl paper.